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Institute of Politics’ Darren Reisberg joins Illinois Task Force on Civic Education

U. of C. Institute of Politics Executive Director Darren Reisberg has been appointed to Illinois’ Task Force on Civic Education. Reisberg met for the first time last Friday with the 13-member task force, assigned to examine civic education in Illinois and present recommendations to the General Assembly. The task force was created last spring after(…)

U. of C. student found dead Sat

A 20-year-old University of Chicago student was found dead in his room at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Booth House in International House, 1414 E. 59th St. Nicholas Brastin Barnes was a third-year Germanic Studies student at the college. Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services, and Dean of Students(…)

Fire at new fast food spot delays opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park restaurant was gutted by fire days before it was scheduled to open. Wingers, 1638 E. 53rd St., caught fire Feb. 5. Management company MAC Property spokesman Peter Cassel said there was smoke damage to three apartments above the restaurant but no injuries. Fire damage was contained to(…)

MSI to host free days through February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids through Feb. 28. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include: “See lightning strike — indoors! Manipulate a tornado” – Science Storms exhibit; “Climb inside a historic(…)

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.(…)