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Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some of Hyde Park’s architectural gems will be open for tours during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house. This year the foundation will include more than 150 places across the city and six in Hyde Park. The buildings will be open on Oct. 18 and 19 and admission is free.(…)

New Regenstein Library exhibit showcases WWI-era French illustration

New Regenstein Library exhibit showcases WWI-era French illustration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illustrated French books from the World War I era are the focus of an exhibit opening Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. “En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I,” curated by Hyde Park husband and wife duo Teri J.(…)

Oscar Brown remembered

Oscar Brown remembered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Members of Hyde Park’s jazz community will host a memorial for Oscar Brown Jr. on Friday. Brown, who would have turned 88 on Friday, died in 2005. His daughters, jazz musicians Maggie Brown and Africa Brown, will perform as The 2 Brown Sisters at Promontory, 5331 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Building on its plan to make sure qualified low-income students graduate debt free, the University of Chicago announced its “No Barriers” initiative at a press conference Wednesday morning at its Gleacher Center building downtown. No Barriers is a program that provides students of all backgrounds and economic circumstances with(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

The Hyde Park Historical society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Nov. 1. The Despres Award recognizes organizations, individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in preserving Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township — including 35th through 139th(…)

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a public meeting Monday evening to gather community input for what could be a long-term, multimillion-dollar project to spruce up Hyde Park’s 55th Street corridor. Around 20 community members divided among four tables were each assigned to compile a(…)

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The final results from a survey gauging Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street said it would be popular in the neighborhood. The trolley would be funded by the 53rd Street Special Service Area, an additional property tax levied to buildings in a corridor primarily along 53rd Street(…)

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Megan Thole, the new principal of Ray Elementary School, spoke about her vision for the school at Tuesday night’s local school council (LSC) meeting. Thole began by telling the parents and community members of Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., a little about her personal background. The Logan Square resident(…)

Senior services program weeks away from launch

Senior services program weeks away from launch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sammie Dortch is the inaugural executive director of the developing Chicago Hyde Park Village. The senior services program is hosting a launch party next month to celebrate its official opening. Dortch is a gerontologist, who recently retired after 17 years as the chair of an interdisciplinary Harold Washington College(…)

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four firetrucks responded to an incident on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue late Monday afternoon. The incident took place at an apartment building 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke began spewing onto the sidewalk a few minutes past 5 p.m. Firefighters removed an object appearing to be the source(…)

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to offer a principal contract to Megan Thole at its meeting Thursday night. The selection concludes a search that extended across two school years and two LSC administrations. Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park and South Side religious leaders marched Thursday to demand a level 1 adult trauma care center on the University of Chicago campus. Members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Kenwood United Church of Christ, St. Philip Lutheran Church, University Church and the Jewish Clergy Across Chicagoland joined(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidiah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

The University of Chicago is one of four final contenders to host the Obama Presidential Library. The foundation announced Monday that the U. of C., the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii are the finalists. The four universities will submit a formal proposal that includes(…)

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville restaurateur, club owner and former WGCI executive Norman Bolden has confirmed that he plans to run against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in the upcoming 2015 municipal election. The confirmation follows Burns’ Friday announcement that he is seeking reelection at a press conference attended by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle(…)