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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(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer All corners of Hyde Park collided on the Midway Sunday, Sept. 27, to close out a weekend of jazz. The Willie Pickens Quartet played the sun down as jazz festival goers stretched out on blankets and meandered through an avenue of food and clothing vendors. Luke Townsend, a lawyer and(…)

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

City Hyde Park releases lease 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(…)

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer During its stay in Chicago, UniverSoul Circus, an interactive show that combines circus arts with musical theater, plans on imparting an important message to local youth: Your Life Matters. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the UniverSoul Circus big top, located in Washington Park at East 51st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue,(…)

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), visited his alma mater, University of Chicago (U. of C.), Monday morning as part of the university’s Institute of Politics Road to 2016 series. Sanders, who graduated from U. of C. in 1964, returned to a packed house, full of mostly U. of(…)

Here comes the Jazz Fest

Here comes the Jazz Fest

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After much anticipation, the 9th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival has finally arrived. Hyde Park will be filled with two days of music on 14 stages in 12 different venues around the neighborhood. Vibraphonist Justefan will kick off Saturday’s music on the Midway with a performance from the Wagner Stage(…)

Mitchell launches reelection campaign

Mitchell launches reelection campaign

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) will be kicking off his reelection campaign for the 26th District at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. Community leaders, grassroots organization and elected officials will stand alongside Mitchell as he announces his bid for reelection. In a(…)

Obama Foundation continues search for architect

Obama Foundation continues search for architect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and forty architecture firms are vying for control over the future design of the Obama Presidential Center, which will be located in either Jackson Park or Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side. On Sept. 18, The Barack Obama Foundation released a statement outlining the overall demographics of the(…)

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett addressed their 34-day hunger strike at a press conference on Monday evening. A group of parents and community members, who became known as the “Dyett 12,” ended their hunger strike on Saturday, Sept. 19. The hunger strikers began their strike to speak out(…)

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

The 12 members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, who went on a hunger strike to keep Dyett High School an open-enrollment community school, have ended their fast, according to the Teachers for Social Justice website. The members, who began on Aug. 17, concluded their hunger strike on Sept. 19 after 34 days of fasting.(…)