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Supreme Jewelers to be closed

Supreme Jewelers to be closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Supreme Jewelers will be closing its doors after 68 years of serving the community as a quality, jewelry store in Hyde Park. Owner Michael McGuire said that the store will be closing on March 31. “I thought long and hard about it, but I have been doing this since 1959(…)

U.S. Secretary of Labor speaks at U. of C.

U.S. Secretary of Labor speaks at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited the the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Thursday, Jan. 21, to speak on an economic movement he calls “Conscious Capitalism” and how it is driving America toward a vision of ‘shared prosperity.’ Perez appeared in conversation with(…)

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, Jan. 17, community residents and parishioners of Shrine of Christ the King gathered in the auditorium of First Presbyterian, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., to discuss the fate of a historic Woodlawn church that faces imminent demolition. The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King was displaced from 6401(…)

Treasure Island pipe burst

Treasure Island pipe burst

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pedestrian and car traffic near Treasure Island Foods was rerouted today due to a burst pipe in the grocery store. The burst happened in a small room on the northeast side of the store, according to a representative from Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Water flowed into the(…)

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The South Side anti-violence organization Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting children from across Chicago to dialogue with each other on issues of social justice. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, M.A.S.K. organizers working out of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Art from behind bars

Art from behind bars

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is showcasing work from behind prison bars at its latest exhibit, “Weight of Rage.” The “Weight of Rage” features poetry, paintings, sketches, stories and more of the incarcerated at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, Ill. The exhibit officially kicked off on Saturday at an(…)

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened at Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., Wednesday evening. According to Chicago Police, on Jan. 13, at about 5:55 p.m. a Black male in his 20s wearing a gray jacket entered the bank and announced the robbery while implying that(…)

Murray principal to be retained

Murray principal to be retained

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A unanimous vote of nine to zero resulted in the retaining of Murray Elementary School principal, Gregory Mason, at Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting. The open meeting began at 5:30 p.m. at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., where 10 people spoke on Mason’s accomplishments and handling of the(…)

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jean Yves Hector, 20, is a painter from Camp-Perrin, Haiti. For the past six months, Hector has lived in Hyde Park through a residency program with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC),4654 N. Racine Ave. Twelve pieces of Hector’s work have recently gone on display in the Main Adult(…)

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Patrick Brutus’ kick-off campaign event brought out supporters and volunteers to back him up on his candidacy for the U.S. Representative of the 1st Congressional District in Illinois. Even though his candidacy has been announced since Nov. 30, Brutus and his supporters celebrated a kick-off event on Jan. 7 at(…)

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(…)