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U. of C. Lab School director steps down

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Laboratory Schools Director, Robin Appleby, announced in a letter to the lab community yesterday, May 25, that she will be resigning from the position after only two years. “Over the past two years, we have been engaged in the complex and satisfying work(…)

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

  By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new and improved Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., will have a soft opening this weekend to test the waters on the refurbished restaurant. Franchise owner Tom Tsatas said that they will be up and running Friday, May 27, but that they are still in the process of(…)

53rd Street boutique hotel approved

53rd Street boutique hotel approved

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Plan Commission approved the proposal from Smart Hotels, LLC to move forward with the boutique hotel on 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue at a meeting last Thursday, May 19. The hotel’s plan includes a seven-story building with 100 rooms, a ground floor restaurant and a rooftop amenity area.(…)

U. of C. students rally to democratize the university

U. of C. students rally to democratize the university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The (I)IRON Student Network, a coalition of University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organizations, held an on-campus rally, Thursday, May 19, that drew just over 200 people. Organizers said that the event, loosely titled “The Protest to Democratize the University,” aimed to highlight the institution’s persistent neglect of student-body(…)

Akiba student competes in National Spelling Bee

Akiba student competes in National Spelling Bee

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park student is competing in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee this week in National Harbor, Md. Sarah Campbell is an eighth grade student at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., and has been involved in spelling bees since she was in third grade. At first,(…)

Montgomery Place promotes interaction through play

Montgomery Place promotes interaction through play

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., is holding a special event on Thursday, June 9, to promote a playful lifestyle in older age. Resident of 10 years, Phyllis Booth, is organizing the “Enriching Our Lives Through Playful Connections” event, which includes lunch and a tour, beginning at 11 a.m. “The(…)

Violence and mental health the focus of discussion at Harper Theater

Violence and mental health the focus of discussion at Harper Theater

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The most likely cause of death for Black men in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 34 is murder, according to the Center for Disease Control. A group of anti-violence activists asked Hyde Park residents to think long and hard about this reality, at a presentation in Harper(…)

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A CTA bus collided with a Nissan sedan in the 5400 block of South Lake Park Avenue, Wednesday, at approximately 2:15 p.m. While none of the three occupants in the Nissan were hurt, a small number of CTA passengers reported injuries, according to responders at the scene. Jade Rhea, one(…)

Whole Foods opens in June

Whole Foods opens in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The opening date for Whole Foods in the City Hyde Park development is set for Wednesday, June 22. Whole Foods’ own version of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony,” is set for 8:45 a.m. and the store will be open for shopping at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers(…)

Future students excited for Dyett’s art programs

Future students excited for Dyett’s art programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., is preparing to open its doors to students after a year of being closed, this time as an arts-based school. On Thursday, May 12, Dyett Principal Beulah McLoyd held an evening mixer for incoming students and their families at the Blanc Gallery, 4445(…)

New signs added to be added to Harper Court retail space

New signs added to be added to Harper Court retail space

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., will be getting some new, sleek signage installed before fall. The two signs will be located at the 53rd Street entrance of Harper Court as well as on the Harper Avenue entrance. The signs are being added to help shoppers find the retail shops(…)

King holds first town hall meeting as new alderman

King holds first town hall meeting as new alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the 4th Ward finally got to meet their new alderman last night at Interim Ald. Sophia King’s (4th) first town hall meeting after Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her a little over 30 days ago. The Donn. F. Bailey auditorium inside the Northeastern Illinois University Carruthers Center for Inner(…)

Fifth Third Bank Robber identified

Fifth Third Bank Robber identified

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The FBI has identified Ronald Lewis, 54, as the man responsible for robbing Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, May 13. University of Chicago police apprehended Lewis at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, less than 30 minutes after the robbery, at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue,(…)

Memorial Service for Dr. Quentin Young

Memorial Service for Dr. Quentin Young

A memorial service for Dr. Quentin Young will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at KAM Isaiah Israel, 5039 S. Greenwood Ave. Young, a Hyde Park native who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. He was well known(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Every year, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust hosts an Architectural Housewalk in Oak Park and River Forest. This year, the tour will expand its reach into Hyde Park with a special program at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. On May 22, the church will open its(…)

Body pulled from Lake Michigan identified as missing med student Ambrose Monye

Body pulled from Lake Michigan identified as missing med student Ambrose Monye

–Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Cook County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the body pulled from Lake Michigan near Promontory Point, on Sunday, May 8, is that of the missing Hyde Park medical student Ambrose Monye, who was last seen April 22. “Monye was found in the water(…)

Former Philadelphia Mayor talks cities and presidential candidates at Quad Club

Former Philadelphia Mayor talks cities and presidential candidates at Quad Club

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spoke at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., on Tuesday, May 11, about the integral role that U.S. Presidents play in the welfare and development of major American cities. Nutter, who currently works as a professor at Columbia(…)

Brother continues search for Ambrose Monye

Brother continues search for Ambrose Monye

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer No answers have yet surfaced in the investigation into the disappearance of Ambrose Monye, a Hyde Park medical student who was last seen April 22. On Saturday, May 7, members of Monye’s family and a handful of volunteers took part in a search that spanned Jackson Park, but turned up(…)

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the school year comes to a close, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is seeing the hard work of its students pay off in various scholarship awards. According to the Assistant Principal, Thomas Frayne, the total amount of money Kenwood students received for scholarships this year is(…)

Daycare inside of HPNC teaches about community

Daycare inside of HPNC teaches about community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Little Inspirations daycare is finally settled into their location at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., after making the transition in 2012. Their focus now is to engage with and get to know the community they call home. The daycare started in 2008 as an at-home(…)