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Businesses say goodbye to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park location of two stores, Amy’s Candy Bar, 1546 E. 55th St. and Belle Up Boutique, 1504 E. 53rd St., have permanently closed their doors. Both stores started as pop-up shops with a contract from the University of Chicago. Amy’s Candy Bar opened in the Hyde Park Shopping(…)

Opposition grows to U. of C.’s I-House eviction plans

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A growing number of students and Hyde Park residents are getting behind efforts to oppose the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) plans to transform International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., into an undergraduate-only housing complex. The university announced in January that the decision was made in order to(…)

Target to open in Vue53 as anchor retailer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target announced today that it will open a store in the Hyde Park neighborhood within the Vue53 development. The retailer is planning on taking up 21,000 of the available 28,000 square feet of retail space that Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., has to offer. According to an official press release,(…)

Gun agendas not to be ignored in voting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, thousands of voters will take to the polls to choose the candidates that most align with their issues. For the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC), the most important issue at stake is ending gun violence. Every election cycle, G-PAC endorses the candidates that bring the issue of gun violence(…)

Kenwood student leadership group hosts fundraising event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of a Kenwood Academy High School mentorship program will face off against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago in a basketball game on Friday, March 18. In addition to the basketball game, the evening will feature a performance from the K-phi-9 Dance Troupe. The event will(…)

Nichols Park a no go for Brew Fest 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce announced, at a community meeting Thursday, March 10, that the 2016 Hyde Park Brew Fest will not be held in Nichols Park this year. The Thursday evening meeting at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., was short and to the point.(…)

Shots fired near Kenwood Academy High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The occupants of a vehicle driving in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue opened fire on a passing car at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday, March 10, according to a Kenwood Academy High School spokeswoman, who did not wish to be named. The spokeswoman said that the school’s in-house(…)

Street closing

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) announced, Thursday, March 10, that Hyde Park Boulevard between 51st Street and 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue between 51st Street and 53rd Street will be closed from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., Saturday, March 19, so that helicopters can safely lift utility boxes from a building at 5201 S. Cornell Avenue.

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are debuting not one, but two shows this weekend in an exciting two-week run of “Jar the Floor” and “Proof.” David Auburn’s “Proof”, directed by player Paul Baker, and Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor”, directed by Roseland Battle, may be two separate plays and(…)

U. of C. creates institute for urban education

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) is launching a new institute for urban scholarship and education thanks to a $35 million gift from university alumni Joe and Rika Mansueto. Joe Mansueto is the founder and CEO of the investment research firm Morningstar, Inc. University president Robert Zimmer said that(…)

Elected representative school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last Thursday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was(…)

Tricap Residential Group renovates homes in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new property management company that focuses on renovating old buildings into newer spaces has settled in Hyde Park. Tricap Residential Group bought 5501 S. Everett Ave. in August from the Realty & Mortgage management company and began renovations in early October. The renovations are nearing completion, and leasing for(…)

Kenwood assistant principal recognized by Illinois State Treasurer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five(…)

Elected school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was one(…)

LEGO structures on display at MSI

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An exhibit exploring the key principles of engineering, construction and architecture through dozens of LEGO-built structures will open next week at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The exhibit, titled “Brick by Brick,” will include a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam–made with 42,000(…)

Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)