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Chicago Center celebrates leaders

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture will be celebrating its past and its future at an event at Valois Restaurant on Friday, April 15. The event will highlight the transition of the new Executive Director of the Chicago Center, Emily Nelson Newman, who took over from the previous(…)

Hyde Park developments come at a cost to neighborhood commuters

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park is in the throes of a development boom that will inevitably alter the nature of the neighborhood. While some have pointed to the economic growth as an opportunity to fashion Hyde Park into an attractive destination, many residents are wary of the consequences that developments will have on(…)

Two teenagers in custody after string of robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police, in tandem with Chicago Police, arrested two teenage boys, Monday, April 4, just minutes after the two suspects committed an armed robbery in the 6100 block of S. Greenwood Ave. at 10:20 p.m. The suspects were charged with robbery by handgun and are(…)

Collaborative art commissions through the Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is expanding its diverse artwork into people’s homes through a collaborative and ongoing art commission project. The “Not Just Another Pretty Face” project commissions artwork from HPAC artists to organizations or those who are interested in unique and personalized artwork for their home. What(…)

Al Klinger invites Hyde Park to his birthday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long-time Hyde Park resident Al Klinger is inviting everyone and anyone that’s interested to his 90th birthday party, on May 15, at Regent’s Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. Before retiring in 1999, Klinger worked as a physician in Hyde Park for over three decades. He was also instrumental in(…)

CNN series gets screening at DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, April 7, the DuSable Museum of African American History will hold a special screening of the CNN Original Series, “United Shades of America.” Comedian W. Kamau Bell, who is featured in the new series, will be at the DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., to discuss the documentary series. “United(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets today protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. today with organized protests and events that lasted throughout the day. Locally,(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C. Law School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park next week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Lab School finds new high school principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an extensive search that began at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High) finally appointed Stephanie Weber as the new principal for the high school. U-High, 1362 E. 59th St., conducted the search alongside the national recruitment firm, Carney, Sandoe &(…)

U. of C. scientists discuss molecular-level breakthroughs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a free, two-hour event on Wednesday, April 6, scientists from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory will speak on the molecular-level scientific breakthroughs that are changing the course of our future. The event, titled “Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact,”(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks institutional racism

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a two-day event on institutional racism and community solutions next weekend, April 8-9. Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven and University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman, who were both instrumental in the reporting surrounding the Laquan McDonald case,(…)

Rainbow PUSH to hold Saturday rally for Chicago State University

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In the wake of employee layoffs at Chicago State University (CSU) due to lack of funding, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., is calling on help from South Side communities. Jackson announced today a rally in support of CSU will take place this Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Rainbow PUSH(…)

New Hyde Park-based choir for seniors formed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new choir is in town geared at senior singers that are looking to spark back some creativity through song. The national chorale organization, Encore, is dedicated to providing adults ages 55 and older with professionally conducted chorale programs. Encore is bringing two opportunities to get involved Illinois with new(…)

First Thursdays discounts HP businesses to offer deals and activities on first Thursdays

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday nights are about to be the popular night out in Hyde Park through the new First Thursday events. Beginning April 7, every first Thursday of the month will mean special discounts, deals and activities at neighborhood businesses. Over 40 restaurants and stores are participating on the kick-off event on(…)

HP Transitional Housing Project hosts Taste of Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) will host its 11th annual “Taste of Hyde Park” fundraising event, Saturday, April 2, at St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester. The event will feature an eclectic assortment of food from various neighborhood restaurants as well as an auction and(…)

Anti-violence group hosts Sunday meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The anti-violence organizations Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) and Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents for a Safer Chicago are holding an organizational meeting this Sunday, April 3, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and(…)

CPS announces childcare sites for April 1 walkout

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it has designated over 250 sites, including over 100 of its schools, as places for students to be safe, fed and engaged during the April 1 teachers’ one-day walkout lead by Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). Local sites include the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355(…)

Hyde Park author discusses South Side book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Natalie Moore will stop by the International House (I-House) on Thursday, March 31 to discuss her new book, “THE SOUTH SIDE: A portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Moore will be in conversation with author Rick Perlstein at the I-House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., beginning(…)

U. of C. Law School focuses on Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) attorneys Evan Feinauer, Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar will discuss the litigation efforts they’ve launched on behalf of Flint, Mich. residents,Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Chicago’s Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. During the discussion, the lawyers will focus on the legal efforts of the(…)

UCPD implements body-worn cameras

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will begin using body-worn cameras this April, according to a March 23 statement from the university. During the initial stages of the program, approximately 20 patrol officers will be outfitted with the cameras. However, the university said that by the outset of the(…)