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4th Ward residents still have questions for Ald. King

4th Ward residents still have questions for Ald. King

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community members from across the 4th Ward spoke about the opinions and questions they still have about Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) at a meeting last night. The third meeting of the group trying to change 4th Ward politics took place yesterday at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. More(…)

U. of C. Medicine hosts forum to discuss trauma center plans

U. of C. Medicine hosts forum to discuss trauma center plans

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Representatives from University of Chicago Medical Center gave insight about what the community can expect from the Get CARE proposal at a community forum on April 21. The $269 million plan consists of three new aspects and expansions of hospital services including a dedicated cancer hospital and specialty care, an(…)

Drive-by shooting and car crash outside Kenwood Academy

Drive-by shooting and car crash outside Kenwood Academy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Police are looking for two people responsible for a drive-by shooting that occurred in the 5100 block of South Blackstone Avenue at about 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20. According to police, a 24-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were in a parked vehicle when a red minivan with two unknown(…)

Saul Williams gives live performance at “RIOTcon”

Saul Williams gives live performance at “RIOTcon”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Poet, musician and activist Saul Williams gave a captivating and unconventional performance at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., on Saturday, April 16. The event, which included performances from poet Ladan Osman and singer Koku Gonza, was part of “RIOTcon 2016: Mapping a Movement,” a two-day conference hosted by the(…)

Ancona staff member remembered

Ancona staff member remembered

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime custodian and beloved member of the The Ancona School family, Larry Ware, passed away last weekend. Ware was at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., for 17 years and was celebrated at a Friday morning assembly at the school. The people who knew him all say that he wasn’t(…)

Ald. King speaks about process, plans for 4th Ward

Ald. King speaks about process, plans for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Sophia King (4th) has had a busy week after the announcement of her appointment as interim alderman of the 4th Ward from Mayor Rahm Emanuel last Monday. King is now ready to tackle the issues of the 4th Ward, alongside its residents. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has(…)

New Brew Fest location

New Brew Fest location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has decided on a new location for the 4th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest. After community complaints, the chamber decided that the popular summertime event would not be in Nichols Park. The fest will now be held on Harper Avenue between 52nd Street and(…)

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At the outset of this year, Hyde Park residents Robert Nordling and Michael Hall traveled to Bandung, Indonesia, to oversee the creation of the city’s first professional orchestra. On April 23, the two men will witness the fruits of their labor when the Bandung Philharmonic gives its Premiere Concert in(…)

U. of C. Medicine hosts town hall meeting at Augustana 

U. of C. Medicine hosts town hall meeting at Augustana 

The Chicago Hyde Park Village and The SHARE Network is inviting community members to a town hall meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 for an update on University of Chicago Medicine’s plans for expanded health care on the South Side. Leif Elsmo, executive director of community and external affairs at University(…)

UCHP Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

UCHP Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 26th Annual Quilt Show is scheduled for Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Last year was the first time the event was held for two days, and the two-day spread continues this year from noon to 6(…)

70-year-old missing

70-year-old missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer James Bell, a 70-year-old South Side resident, has been missing since April 5, 2016, according to Chicago police. He was last seen in the area of 6100 S. Kenwood Ave., on Monday, April 4, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a vest. Police described Bell(…)

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty, law students and Illinois politicians all crowded into U. of C.’s Harold J. Green Law Lounge, 1111 E. 60th St., Thursday, April 7, to hear President Barack Obama discuss his recent Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Obama, who was a professor of(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets on April 1 protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. on Friday with organized protests and events that lasted throughout(…)

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The long-awaited Hyde Park Taco Station, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., will have a soft opening later today and will have an official opening later this week. Owner Edgar Vasquez said he is shooting for Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8 for the taco joint’s doors to officially open. The restaurant(…)

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two new playground complexes will soon be coming to Nichols Park, according to Nichols Park Advisory Council (NPAC) President Stephanie Franklin. They will replace both the park’s ‘baby playground,’ at the park’s southwest corner near Kimbark Ave., and ‘big-kids playground,’ near 54th St. and Kenwood Ave. Franklin said that the(…)

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jamel “J.T.” Triggs, 26, and Jermell Akins, 21, have both been repairing bicycles at Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave., since their early teenage years. Their years of apprenticeship paid major dividends, last week, when Triggs and Akins were tapped to oversee the management of the bike shop. Blackstone(…)

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Eighth graders from Bret Harte Elementary School and senior residents at Montgomery Place had the chance to spend an afternoon together through WTTW’s program, Grandparent Connection. On March 23, 38 students from Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., visited their neighbors at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., for an(…)

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation’s recently appointed Vice President of Civic Engagement, Michael Strautmanis, assured neighborhood residents, at a 5th Ward meeting, Tuesday, March 22, that the community will hold significant weight in upcoming dialogues surrounding the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). Strautmanis is a Chicago native with close ties to the Obamas.(…)