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Canter is in CPS crosshairs

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is one of the 54 schools on Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) closing list. Parents and community members said they are reaching out to elected officials to try to keep the school open. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Thursday that several schools across the(…)

Shoreland close to opening doors

Shoreland close to opening doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Shoreland Hotel should have renters by August and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Peter Cassel, spokesman for Antheus Capital, said the gut rehab of the historic former hotel is about two-thirds complete. Once the $50 million renovation is finished, the Shoreland, 5454(…)

Locals pan high-rise

Locals pan high-rise

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers gathered to debate the merits and faults of the proposed 13-story apartment and retail building expected to be constructed on 53rd Street. Nearly 100 people came to Augustana Lutheran Church on Monday, March 18, many to voice concern that the building is too tall and out of proportion(…)

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor “Agency.” “Imperfections.” “Glue sticks.” “Honoring creative and intellectual autonomy.” These are just a few of the ways visitors at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest described “zines,” or self-published magazines, to Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for literatures of Europe and the Americas at Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. Wenzel(…)

MSI animals exhibit launched

MSI animals exhibit launched

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Squids use jet propulsion to move at high speeds. Sheep can only move their tails horizontally, but goats have an extra bone that allows them to move their tails vertically. Ninety-seven percent of the animals in the world are invertebrates. Those are all facts visitors learn before even getting to(…)

University seeks to reverse alcohol ban

University seeks to reverse alcohol ban

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The precinct where upscale Japanese restaurant Yusho intends to open this summer hasn’t allowed for the sale of alcohol in over 20 years, but that may change by the end of the week. University of Chicago spokesman Calmetta Coleman said 57 signatures were collected on a petition to reverse a(…)

Music teachers add church venue

Music teachers add church venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) is organizing the three-part MTHP Artist Series concerts at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E 53rd St., slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, March 18. The performances will be MTHP’s first in the building, and will benefit both(…)

U. of C. police under scrutiny

U. of C. police under scrutiny

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department will be subject to increased scrutiny after its interactions with protesters in recent months have upset students and community members. The University of Chicago will review the policies and practices that led to the allegedly violent arrests of four protestors outside of the Center(…)

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Patricia Breckenridge plans to run against Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the upcoming CTU election in May. Breckenridge said displaced teachers were not represented well during last year’s contract negotiations. “During the strike we weren’t allowed to bargain for the recall of teachers,” said(…)

Schools group vents concerns

Schools group vents concerns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents and community members attended the neighborhood’s second Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES) meeting to discuss ways that they could work together to advocate for their schools. HPCARES is a member group of the social justice group Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation(…)

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School continued with its 50 year anniversary celebration last Saturday by hosting a symposium to discuss how the school has created and cultivated a diverse school environment for the past 50 years. The event, titled “50 Years of Diversity: Teaching and Learning at the Ancona School,” took(…)

Hyde Park votes

Hyde Park votes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer South Hyde Parkers had the opportunity to cast their ballots on Tuesday Feb., 26 in the primary for the House seat formerly occupied by Jesse Jackson Jr. Robin Kelly, former Illinois state representative and Chief Administrative Officer under Toni Preckwinkle, sailed to reelection Tuesday receiving 79 percent of Hyde Parkers’(…)

Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The advisory board for the proposed 53rd Street Special Services Area met on Thursday, Feb. 21 to discuss potential boundaries for the area, and spending priorities should the levy be approved. “We didn’t come to any conclusions or any decisions,” said Wendy Walker Williams, executive director of the South East(…)

Kozminski celebrating successes

Kozminski celebrating successes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Family and community members were invited to Kozminski Elementary School, where several students were given medals for their work at an honor roll ceremony last week. The ceremony was the realization of the goals of the school’s principal, Myron Hester, who a year ago endeavored to transform Kozminski into(…)

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A precinct that was voted dry in the 1990s has created a snag for an upscale Japanese restaurant intending to open up in Hyde Park. Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges wasn’t aware that the sale of liquor was prohibited when he announced plans to bring a second branch of(…)

Harper leased — with no locals

Harper leased — with no locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court’s retail element is almost entirely rented out, nearly 100 percent full including the space at the building being constructed, as well as in the associated projects at the former Borders building and the Harper Theater. The retail presence at the new Harper Court will be almost entirely one(…)

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents, community members, teachers and administrators from schools in Hyde Park gathered together at Kozminski Elementary School Saturday to discuss how they keep their neighborhood schools open. Representatives from schools in Hyde Park, including Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St.; Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St.;(…)

Ray off of CPS closure list

Ray off of CPS closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released a list of 129 schools last week that are being considered for closure. Ray Elementary School was removed after showing up on an initial list, but the fate of three other Hyde Park schools is still hanging in the balance. Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark(…)

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Court Theater is moving its rehearsal space from the second story of an old taxicab house to an 8,000-square-foot building that will better mimic their stage and accommodate its costume shop. The former State Farm building on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will be part of the(…)

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected. Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between(…)