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Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer You can expect the unexpected at The Revival, but that’s of course in part due to the improv comedy shows four nights a week at Hyde Park’s new comedy theater. The thing about comedy is, sometimes the jokes are told over and over again. We’ve all heard the same joke(…)

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As Robert Borja sat in his living room in Hyde Park surrounded by dozens of his paintings hanging and explaining their various meanings, you could guess that he has a passion for painting, but you would not guess that up until recently, he never explored this passion. “I wanted to(…)

Washington Park job fair

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago is partnering a with variety of South Side organizations to bring a job and resource fair to Washington Park this Friday, Jan. 15. The event, geared toward 18 – 24 year-olds not in school or in school part-time, includes job readiness workshops, employer interviews and job(…)

Indie City Writers holds first reading

Indie City Writers holds first reading

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Thursday, Jan. 14, the Indie City Writers will hold their first reading at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., nine of the members of the South Side writing group will read from their own works—from fiction to nonfiction and poetry to short(…)

Patrick Brutus runs against Bobby Rush for first district

Patrick Brutus runs against Bobby Rush for first district

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 1st Congressional District has had the same congressman, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), for 22 years. Candidate Patrick Brutus said he is trying to change that and push the district he calls home into a better political future. “The reason why I’m deciding to run is simply because I(…)

Vet center continues community aid despite struggles

Vet center continues community aid despite struggles

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Remake The World (RTW) Veteran Center, 5536 S. King Dr., has continued to serve destitute residents of Chicago’s South Side despite being consumed by an effort to correct the 38 building code violations it was hit with by the city early last year. RTW’s Executive Director Arnetha Gholston-Habeel said(…)

Arne Duncan says farewell to secretary position, hello to South Side

Arne Duncan says farewell to secretary position, hello to South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is returning to the neighborhood when he steps down from his role in the cabinet on Friday. Earlier today, Duncan gave his farewell address at St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Pl. Duncan announced he would step down from his position(…)

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 2015 saw new businesses adding to neighborhood retail, as well as long-time businesses closing their doors for the last time. This year also saw development on the changing landscape in Hyde Park, but not without debate. From the ground up Developments such as Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., and City(…)

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Big things are happening in Chicago’s South Side Parks. From a presidential library to comprehensive revitalization efforts to Yoko Ono, many substantial changes are underway. Barack Obama Presidential Center At the outset of 2015, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) had just submitted its response to the Barack Obama(…)

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

By ALLISON MATYUS & SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Politicians drop by Hyde Park has a long-standing history for breeding politicians and political figures. This year, some famed political leaders, both past and present, paid the neighborhood a visit. In July, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S.(…)

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Creating art in new ways Forty-three years ago, artist Caryl Yasko created a mural under the viaduct of Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street called “Under the City Stone.” This summer, the mural was restored and repainted with funding from the University of Chicago (U. of C.)(…)

Chicago Public School teachers authorize strike

Chicago Public School teachers authorize strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted, Dec. 14, to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership(…)

Boutique hotel talks resume

Boutique hotel talks resume

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The third conversation between community members and developers of a new boutique hotel, which will be located at 1411 E. 53rd St., took place Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ct. Over the past few months, parking has surfaced as the most prominent issue surrounding the boutique(…)

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Coming off an impressive victory over King College Prep on Tuesday night, the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos (5-1) hosted conference foes the DuSable High School Panthers (0-3) in a game featuring two of the city’s top players, which also happen to be Kenwood students, Zion Morgan and Nick Robinson of Kenwood. Although Morgan(…)

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a surprising turn of events, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced Thursday morning that it will construct an adult level one trauma care center on its Hyde Park campus. The decision deviates from the university’s previous intentions of partnering with Sinai Health System to bring a center to Holy(…)

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park lost a long-time community member and passionate teacher Monday Dec. 7. Jane Averill passed away after her battle with cancer. Averill was a pre-K teacher at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., from 2001 until April of this year when she retired. Inside her classroom, room 413,(…)

Project 120 update

Project 120 update

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Cultural Center, 50 E. Washington St., hosted a lecture on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, that focused on the history and future of the city’s South Side parks. The discussion, titled “The South Parks: An American Story,” was led by Bob Karr, president of Project 120, the non-profit organization(…)

Red Mango closed

Red Mango closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a year of a half in the neighborhood, Red Mango’s Harper Court location, 5221 S. Harper Ct., has closed permanently. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the owner of Red Mango made the decision to close the weekend of Nov. 28. No details about the reason(…)

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Union Church is hosting a free holiday concert this weekend. Hyde Park’s Le Cantanti Di Chicago women’s choir, led by Dhilanthi Fernando will perform at the concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Legal scholars and activists convened at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan, Wednesday evening, to discuss the state of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and possible means of reform. The discussion, titled “Truth and Justice for All: Advancing Police and Community Accountability,” consisted of seven panelists, including University of(…)