News In Brief

Oriental Institute to host symposium on Egypt

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is hosting a Graduate Student Symposium, March 1, sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. The symposium, which will take place at 5 p.m. at the museum, 1155 E. 58th St., will include presentations by Natasha Ayers, who will speak on “Preliminary(…)

K.A.M. hosts talks on the Jewish family

K.A.M. hosts talks on the Jewish family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of discussion regarding the history and future of the Jewish family structure. After Shabbat service, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 28, Jonathan Boyarin will present “The Jewish Family in History.” Boyarin is the author of “The Jewish(…)

BankFinancial move costly

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Consolidation of BankFinancial’s e-branch with its main location at 1354 E. 55th St. cost $100,000, according to the company’s latest financial report. BankFinancial’s Hyde Park East branch, located at 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., was converted into a teller-less bank in spring 2012. It was closed last January because of(…)

U. of C. contractor picked

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago chose McShane Construction Company to design and build the new Facilities Services shop at 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The 86,616-square-foot building will allow Facilities Services to consolidate its operations and staff into one location. The new building will house landscaping equipment, structural mechanics, residential, paint,(…)

Nichols Park council elections coming

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Nichols Park Advisory Council will hold an election at its next meeting, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the park’s field house. The election will be for council chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and a director. All council members may vote. Qualification for membership requires(…)

Bergstein’s deli holds grand opening

Bergstein’s NY Deli, 1164 E. 55th St., held its grand opening last Monday, and will begin closing five hours later, at 8 p.m., starting on Feb. 10. The grand opening featured free desserts and finger foods over music as well as a gift card raffle, according to owner Bill Davis. The Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s opened(…)

Ukranians protest in solidarity in Kenwood

Ukranians protest in solidarity in Kenwood

Dozens of people demonstrated in solidarity with Ukrainian protesters early Sunday, across the street from President Barack Obama’s residence at 47th Street and Greenwood Avenue. The demonstration, which included around as many as 50 people at one point, was held in response to ongoing Ukrainian protests against President Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian policies. One protester held(…)

IL Republicans battling it out at U. of C.

A Republican gubernatorial forum will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. A hour-long roundtable discussion featuring candidates Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event will be moderated by NBC 5 Political Editor(…)

MSI offers free days for kids in February

MSI offers free days for kids in February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids in February. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1-28. Free tickets are available for kids between the ages of 3 and 11 and must be obtained(…)

Deli expands hours, offers breakfast

Deli expands hours, offers breakfast

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Bergstein’s, Hyde Park’s newest deli, began offering breakfast sandwiches last week. Bergstein’s, 1164 E. 55th St., now opens at 7 a.m. and offers a range of sandwiches. Manager Josh Widen said they expect to serve Intelligentsia coffee soon. The hours Bergstein’s remain open will extend to 8 p.m. after Feb.(…)

False alarm at Metra station brings out police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Metra service was briefly halted at the 53rd Street station Thursday when a suspicious object was reported. Chicago Police News Affairs said a suspicious object was reported at 1500 E. 53rd St., around 11:30 a.m. The bomb squad determined that it was not a threat and service resumed approximately an(…)

Robbery at Open Produce last week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., was robbed at gunpoint last week. Chicago Police News Affairs said three African American men between the ages of 18 and 20 years old entered the grocer around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Two of the offenders displayed handguns and announced a robbery.(…)

Robie needs guides

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Trust is seeking volunteers to act as tour guides at the Robie House. Volunteer resource manager Linda Bonifas-Guzman said they are looking for 12 to 15 prospective volunteers, who can commit four hours a month, for six months. Volunteers will lead tours at the Robie House, 5757(…)

Zimmer top earning university president

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer was the highest paid head of any U.S. private college in 2011, according to a new list. A ranking of 550 college chief executives, published last month by the Chronicle of Higher Education, shows Robert Zimmer raked in $3,358,723 that year — trouncing Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, who(…)

New show opens at Court Theatre

A new play will open tomorrow at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. “Seven Guitars,” is a play written by August Wilson that explores the memory of a murdered fictional blues musician, Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. The play will be directed by the Court Theatre’s resident artist, Ron O.J. Parson, who also directed Wilson’s “Fences” there(…)

Robert Reich to speak at film showing

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) will screen the new documentary “Inequality for All” at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Logan Center, followed by a question and answer session with narrator Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Also a professor at the University(…)

OI offering essay scholarships

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer High schoolers are invited to participate in a essay contest being held by the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. Essays are currently being accepted for the My Artifact/My Future contest, in which Chicago area students are asked to discuss the contemporary and future impact of an artifact from the(…)

Hyde Park dancers in “The Nightingale”

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present its original production of the Hans Christian Anderson story “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. “The Nightingale” tells the story of an emperor who(…)

Deval Patrick to speak at university

Massachusetts Governor and South Side native Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Patrick has deep ties to the South Side of Chicago and the Washington Park community, where he(…)

Bobby Rush cash questions 

The Better Government Association recently teamed up with the Chicago Sun-Times to publish a two-part series investigating 2nd District Congressman Bobby Rush’s finances. The four articles cover Rush’s rent on his political office at 3361 S. Martin Luther King Dr., a backlog in owed taxes, the use of $1 million in funds for a planned(…)