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HPNC providing space for young athletes

HPNC providing space for young athletes

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, Wan’Yae Kelly, a Kenwood Academy sophomore, was the only person present on the empty, hardwood-floored basketball court in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Closer to 5 p.m., a stream of about 15 high school students filled the gymnasium.(…)

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group rallied against the privatization of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) outside of Ald. Will Burns (4th) office this morning in response to the recent charter school moratorium. On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) called for a halt on charter school expansion. 42 out of 50 aldermen from across(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar took place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold benefited mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. “Despite all of what is happening in(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As Frank Lloyd Wright was pioneering American architecture in the early 20th century, Jens Jensen was trailblazing the future of landscape design. On Nov. 12 in Hyde Park, Chicago Park District Historian and Preservationist Julia Bachrach will explore the relationship between Wright, his contemporaries and Jensen in a presentation titled(…)

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer It was homecoming Night for the Kenwood Broncos (6-2, 6-0), as they would host conference rivals Washington High, in a Friday night melee featuring All-City senior QB Di Juan McCullom and the high power Broncos offense. “The first half was tough with it being homecoming.” said Broncos head coach Jack(…)

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is mostly known for its historical architecture, the famous Columbian Exposition in 1893 and of course, the home of President Barack åObama, resident Greg Fairbanks is showing a more secretive, dark side to the Chicago neighborhood. For the second year, Fairbanks is hosting a Haunted Hyde Park(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a(…)

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Driving near the corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and South Lake Park Avenue has been an eye sore since the construction of the City Hyde Park development began. A drive past the corner now, however, results in eye-catching artwork by local artist Joel Maxime, Jr. Maxime began to display his(…)

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, spoke at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. on Oct. 8. “This is the biggest stage I’ve been on in Chicago,” said Muhammad, a South side native who also(…)

Community rallies for resurrection

Community rallies for resurrection

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An historic Woodlawn church that suffered severe structural damage after a fire engulfed the building last week is rallying a community in efforts to rebuild. In the 4 days since a crowd funding campaign was set up online, benefactors have donated almost $38,000 to Shrine of Christ the King church,(…)

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry is spearheading an effort to restore the area surrounding the Metra tracks between 59th and 60th streets. McCurry, along with Midway Park Advisory Council (MPAC) President Bronwyn Nichols Lodato, met with Metra officials Friday morning to discuss the area, which has fallen(…)

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Hyde Park Wednesday morning to congratulate the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on one year of innovation in the community and its exciting expansions in programming. Rauner spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship when it comes to the economy during the program’s celebration(…)

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Attorney Steven Denny and Muslim community leaders held a press conference in Hyde Park, Thursday afternoon, to address the second set of criminal charges of sexual abuse recently leveled against Abdullah Saleem, former president of the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) in Elgin, Ill. Denny currently represents the four women(…)

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Fire officials cited the spontaneous combustion of oily floor rags as the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that structurally devastated a historic Catholic church in Woodlawn. Late into Wednesday afternoon, firefighters continued to attend to hot spots in the interior of Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401,(…)

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest addition to Hyde Park housing, City Hyde Park, has begun the pre-leasing process for when the apartment complex opens up in late December. City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., will allow future residents to move in beginning Dec. 21, with rent starting at $1,800 for the cheapest(…)

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Early Sunday morning, Oct. 4, a group of Kenwood Academy high school students and Washington Park community members gathered at 5703 S. Lafayette Ave. to assist artist and architect Amanda Williams in painting an abandoned house the bright, reddish orange color of “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.” As part of her project(…)

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, announced his resignation from his cabinet position. The Hyde Park native plans to return to Chicago when he steps down in December, according The White House communications department. Prior to his national appointment as secretary of education, Duncan was the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago(…)

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ginger Mance, a lawyer, author and now artist, has been chosen as artist of the month for October at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. From Oct. 1 – 31, Mance’s work, compiled into an exhibit titled “Chakra Art, Dance of the Soul,” will be on display at(…)

Fire blazes in Kenwood

Fire blazes in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and thirty firefighters and paramedics battled a fire in the 4800 block of S. Kimbark Avenue. on Thursday morning. The blaze was only one house removed from a set location of the NBC medical drama Chicago MED, which at the time of the fire was filming a scene.(…)

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS A local art project that crossed generations will be on display at the Hyde Park Art Center. From Oct. 9-11, “Crosswalks” will be exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Students from various public schools in Chicago and senior residents from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., worked(…)