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Dyett hunger strikers celebrate school victory

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

WPAC foresee benefits from Presidential Center

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Earlier this month the Obama Foundation announced that Jackson Park will have the honor of housing the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). While some community members might see the decision to choose Jackson Park over Washington Park as a slight, don’t tell that to the Washington Park Advisory Council. The clear(…)

Promontory hosts back to school party to collect school supplies

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., is hosting a back to school silent party on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. Out in the open the Promontory will be music free but people will have on headphones as they listen and dance to the same music at the silent(…)

South Side scavenger hunt

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer BING Art Books is hosting a Finding Black Joy scavenger hunt in and around Hyde Park Saturday, Aug. 27. Through the scavenger hunt BING wants to put the spotlight on black culture, businesses, connections to nature and other cultural gems. The car-less scavenger hunt will give participants the opportunity to(…)

Harper Theater to show “Southside with You”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Aug. 25, Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., will host a special screening of “Southside with You” at 7 p.m. The movie was partly filmed in Hyde Park last summer with scenes including the University of Chicago campus as well as Kimbark Plaza. The screenplay follows Barack and(…)

Two South Side men arrested on weapon and drug possession charges

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Willie Terrell Daniels, 24 and Brandon West, 25 were arrested Thursday Aug. 18 when officers responded to call on a person with a gun selling drugs on the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue. According to the report, officers observed West sitting with a handgun protruding from his hip(…)

New AP chosen for Murray

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ann Gulley has been announced as the new assistant principal for Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. Gulley was chosen by an Ad Hoc search team who made their decision on Friday, Aug. 19. Gulley will be at a meet and greet at the school tomorrow at 6 p.m.(…)

University of Chicago dorms reopen as studio apartments

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Last June the University of Chicago closed three dormitories because students would be moving into new Campus North Residence Halls in the fall. The closed halls are now back on the market as furnished rental units geared toward students. The largest former dorm, Broadview Hall, is a seven-story building with(…)

Police Supt. Johnson announces changes in leadership for 2nd District

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced additional changes to his leadership team that will be responsible for crime control, investigative and operative functions. Part of his plan includes leadership changes for the 2nd District, which covers parts of Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park and Washington Park. According to a news release(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., is opening the doors of its cable car building in the first of several scheduled open houses this Saturday Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come and learn the story of the cable car building, pick the brains(…)

South Shore Summer Festival on Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The sixth annual South Shore Summer Festival takes place this Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. The event is free and will have food, local merchants, activities for children and a diverse lineup of musical acts.(…)

Former HPAC director gifts artwork

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The former director of the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) and Kenwood resident, Chuck Thurow, recently donated 114 pieces of artwork by 59 different Chicago artists to the DePaul Art Museum for DePaul University. Thurow was the director for the HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from 1998 until 2010 and(…)

Bed Bugs Silence WHPK

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago radio station WHPK is bracing for more time off just as they were planning to return to air. This decision comes after the issue of bed bugs arose in early August after an outbreak was found at the studio and not completely treated. In a letter(…)

IOP announces new fall fellows

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics announced Wednesday, Aug. 17, that it will bring seven renown political Fellows to campus this fall to discuss a range of topical political issues including the international threat of ISIS and local police violence. “…With the presidential election only a few months away,(…)

The Smart Museum of Art Summer Cookout

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Each year the permanent collections galleries at the Smart Museum get a new look for fall. This summer the changes are being unveiled with a series of celebratory cookouts complete with snacks and libations in the sculpture garden. The opening reception of Conversations with the Collection: Belonging will take place(…)

Midweek on the Midway

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The feature film at Midway Plaisance Park this Wednesday evening is Pixar’s, “The Lorax.” An earlier screening of this film was postponed due to rain so the park, 1130 Midway Plaisance Park, is using its “rain date” to offer this screening and its adjoining activities again. Looney Tunes cartoons will(…)

Dentist honors vets with free services

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Kaufman & Kaufman Smile Design Studio, LLC has joined the Freedom Day USA movement to honor the sacrifices and show their appreciation for members of the armed forces, immediate family members and veterans. To show their support the design studio would like to provide an entire day of free dental(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., is incorporating scheduled open houses beginning with its first event on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will learn the story of the historic HPHS building and have the chance to speak with docents about the intricate history of Hyde(…)

Little Black Pearl release results of youth research project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Statistics point to summer being the most violent time in the city of Chicago, especially for the city’s youth. Instead of letting the violence continue, eight young people took on the role of research assistants in a first time project by Little Black Pearl to take a look at the(…)

New retail for U. of C.’s new dorm

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Several new retailers are moving into the almost completed Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave., on the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus. Insomnia Cookies, a late-night spot that sells homemade cookies and milk and delivers until 3 a.m., will be one of the retailers in the(…)