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Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Passers by may have spotted Herman Cohn on any Thursday afternoon savoring his favorite dish, chicken pot pie, at Valois Restaurant, 1518 E. 53rd St. Joined on occasion by some of the city’s esteemed politicians, business people and, of course, our President, Herman Cohn has been a regular at this(…)

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded the recent announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. On May 12, the same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a(…)

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte and Ray elementary schools will be graduating their first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years. After the phase-out of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., in 2013, both Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were designated as welcoming(…)

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Editor’s note: Among food enthusiast communities, Hyde Park offers unique dining experiences that deserve a spotlight. While communities throughout Chicago, like Pilsen and Wicker Park, have been lauded by food critics around the country, food reviewers have been slow to warm up to Hyde Park’s emerging food scene. In the Food for Thought Series, the Hyde(…)

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Louise McCurry, president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), is looking to involve artist Indira Johnson in an effort to revitalize the Iowa Building. The collaboration has not yet been officially announced for the storied site, located near the intersection of South Everett Avenue and 56th Street. Both Johnson(…)

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation officially announced last week that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago. This past Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the(…)

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vue53 construction will be done by July of next year, according to developers. Plans for the building were presented at a 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council meeting last Monday at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Construction on Vue53 began earlier this month, after residents fought unsuccessfully for more than(…)

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based school for children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs is surveying parents to assess the need to add a second location on the North Side of Chicago. City Elementary Chicago, a K-3 school which opened in September inside of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Chicago Free School finding its way

Chicago Free School finding its way

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It’s the beginning of the school day on a foggy Wednesday morning at the Chicago Free School. Students in founder Lauren Beitler’s 3-5 grade class sit around several desks that have been pushed together to discuss plans for Thursday and Friday. Each one writes down the ingredients they plan(…)

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results of the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) second survey on 57th Street were revealed last week. They were shared last Monday, May 4, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., where around 25 Hyde Parkers joined SECC Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to(…)

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School’s new middle school humanities classes are helping teachers and students obtain academic honors. Sarah Campbell, Shira Friedman-Parks, Isabel Kucher, Bina Wilens, Zoe Weiner and Sarah Winitzer, 7th graders at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., had a successful round at the Regional History Fair in Springfield,(…)

Civic leaders, politicians gather in South Shore for Obama Library announcement

Civic leaders, politicians gather in South Shore for Obama Library announcement

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation announced officially that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the University of(…)

Millions in scholarship money for 2015 Kenwood High School graduates

Millions in scholarship money for 2015 Kenwood High School graduates

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students have earned more than $4 million in scholarships from organizations including the Gates Millennium Foundation, Posse Chicago Foundation and the Golden Apple Foundation. Simone Johnson, senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is the recipient of the Latin Performance Scholarship offered at Monmouth(…)

Kenwood High School students donate shoes overseas

Kenwood High School students donate shoes overseas

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish II students at Kenwood Academy High School collected and donated 651 pairs of shoes to those in need as a part of the Share Your Soles shoe drive. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to(…)

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based women’s choir is using their debut concert to raise money for those who were adversely affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Le Cantanti di Chicago, (“The Singing Women of Chicago”), a 16-member choir formed by Hyde Park resident Dhilanthi Fernando, will perform works written exclusively for(…)

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School art students are taking their art beyond the school walls to the neighborhood diner. The drawings, photographs, digital collages and paintings of 14 members of the National Arts Honors Society at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., are on display at Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd(…)

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution –(…)

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) riled local education activists last week for opposing a bill that would let students opt out of taking state administered tests. HB 306 – introduced by state Rep. Will Guzzardi in January – is currently under consideration in the Illinois House. Last Monday, Currie(…)

Campus police bill passes House

Campus police bill passes House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill – introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) – passed unanimously. The bill was(…)