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A Hyde Park couple’s journey through transracial adoption

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Raising a child is never easy; it takes preparation, education and lots of time to get it right. For adoptive parents, raising a child has a whole different set of preparation and education, especially if the child is of a different race. According to The Cradle, an adoption agency in(…)

New U. of C. birth center spotlights midwife services

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Hospital (UCH) debuted a new birthing center last month that will serve the pregnant women of Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods in a 25,000 square foot, customizable setting. The UCH also reinstated the midwife practice it abandoned 13 years ago. New features of the birthing center include(…)

HPNC starts mentorship program

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) has developed a mentorship program for at risk youth living in Chicago called Match UP. “Our program is tailored (specifically) to helping at risk youth ages 12-18,” said Kendalyn Diroll, program manager for the Match UP Mentorship program at HPNC, 5480 S Kenwood Ave.(…)

Art fair committee seeks volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair is seeking volunteers to join the Art Fair organizing committee. This hands-on committee will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. and a second session will take place on the same day at 7 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood(…)

Amanda’s Garden Workday

The Ray School Garden Committee will hold a workday on Amanda’s Garden on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. Work on the garden will include weeding, planting and spreading wood chips. The garden is located at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue. Refreshments will be provided for those who volunteer, and(…)

Chicago Police release news alert of two burglaries

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has issued an alert of two burglaries in the second district area. The first incident occurred in the 3500 Block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Oct. 3 at about 4 p.m. The second incident occurred in the 3500 Block of South Giles(…)

Obama Foundation announces establishment of Inclusion Council

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Obama Foundation announced today, Oct. 11, the creation of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. The council will bring together a diverse group of Chicagoans who will play a key role in helping to guide and advise the foundation’s strategic goals and ensure a broad range of opinions and experiences(…)

Hyde Park spots featured in Open House Chicago weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend, Open House Chicago (OHC) will present more than 200 different cites located throughout the city for people to explore unique and historic architecture in their own neighborhoods. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is partnering with OHC for the free weekend event, which runs Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday,(…)

U. of C. celebrates Humanities Day

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies Professor James Chandler will be the keynote speaker during the 2016 celebration of Humanities Day, Saturday, Oct. 15. Humanities Day has been an annual tradition at the University of Chicago since 1980. The day celebrates the humanities with free discussions, tours, performances and(…)

Steve Coleman and the Five Elements Band performs at Logan

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jazz musician Steve Coleman will perform at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Tuesday, Oct. 11, with members of the Five Elements Band. The performance is part of a two-week residency for Coleman that includes workshops, performances and South-Side focused outreach. Tuesday night’s performance will take(…)

CPS sports programs in limbo as teachers threaten to strike

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
 Sports Writer
 
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) sports programs are in limbo as the city waits for the final decision from the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) on whether teachers will go on strike. A strike could adversely affect the school district’s 2016-17 winter sports season. “We don’t know if our homecoming week is canceled(…)

South Side entrepreneurs throw out their best pitches

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Cubs are in the playoffs but the pitches on the South Side are the real winners. Last night six finalists had the chance to give a three-minute pitch before a panel of successful entrepreneurs similar to the ABC series Shark Tank. Finalist had the chance to win business advice,(…)

University of Chicago Medicine announces Community Advisory Council

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced the creation of its community advisory council (CAC). The CAC will seek community input on health issues of importance to its primary service area and surrounding communities. The application of the CAC was publically circulated among community groups, social media and earned media channels,(…)

Journalist Jeff Chang presents new book of essays

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jeff Chang, acclaimed author of We Gon Be Alright and most recently Notes on Race and Resegration, will lead a discussion on the roles of artists and activists in social and cultural change Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. This event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs(…)

Shrine of Christ the King celebrates one year since fire

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In commemoration of the one-year anniversary since the extra-alarm fire at the Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., there will be a mass and rally this Saturday, Oct. 8. On Oct. 7, 2015, an early morning fire ravaged the church, causing the roof to cave in. After(…)

U. of C. professor to discuss taming of free speech

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Law School (UCLS) Professor Laura Weinrib will discuss her new book “The Taming of Free Speech,” Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The book traces the understanding of civil liberties to conflict between 1910 and 1940 over workers right(…)

Nando’s officially announces Hyde Park location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After speculation and hints of a move to Hyde Park, Nando’s Peri-Peri officially announced today that it will have a new restaurant in the neighborhood. Nando’s will be located at the former Clarke’s Diner location at 1447 E. 53rd St. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will host(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will have an open house this Saturday, Oct. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The open house will feature a new exhibit entitled, “Hyde Park in 1890, from Raschers Atlas.” Posters from the 1890 atlas between 51st and 59th streets and Cottage Grove(…)

Ald. Hairston (5th) demands the public hear other police reform ordinances

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Today, Oct. 5, City Council voted against Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) 39 to 8 in her bid to have an alternative police accountability ordinance to Civilian Office Police Accountability (COPA). The shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke prompted a public outcry for more(…)

President Obama to travel to Chicago

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer On Friday, Oct. 7, President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago to attend events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Victory Fund, a fund for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. While in Chicago Obama will stay in his Kenwood residence overnight, according to a press release from the White(…)