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Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from its kick-off gala for the public phase of its $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group Southsiders Together(…)

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School unveiled its plans for an Outdoor Learning Space (OLS) at a special “Tent Event” on Oct. 19. Parents, alumni and friends of the school were invited to learn more about the school’s initiative and the importance of learning through play. “Ancona is a progressive school so(…)

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   With the Illinois general election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4, time is running out for candidates to raise and spend money. Seven candidates are running for U.S. Congressional and Illinois House districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood. They are: Democrat Bobby L. Rush and Republican Jimmy Lee Tillman in(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s tech incubator opened Thursday at an event attended by some of Illinois’ top politicos and business leaders. The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., is the newest addition to the shopping corridor. Once completed the CIE will bring 300 employees working for 20 to 30(…)

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The South Side Pie Challenge (SSPC) is Nov. 8 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Julie Vassilatos, organizer of SSPC, said this is the third year of the competition. She is hoping that there is a balanced turnout this(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) proposed 2014-2015 budget would boost funding for area parks, a favorite item for the decades-old neighborhood group. HP-K CC will vote on the budget at its next meeting in November. If approved, $700 will be given to the group’s Parks Committee, which will(…)

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Malik Coleman has been making waves with his new clothing line Fashion And Money/Family Always Matters (FAM). The sophomore’s creative efforts have also obtained him a spot in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP). Coleman said he(…)

U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

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

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After years of studying urban policy in school and at work, Hyde Parker Jocelyn Hare wants to lead the 5th Ward. Hare, 34, is a University of Chicago Harris School graduate, currently serving as a Richard M. Daley Distinguished Senior Fellow consulting on policy for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and(…)

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(…)