News In Brief

Website seeks to inform on school closings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parent group Illinois Raise Your Hand has joined Apples to Apples and the Open Data Institute to launch schoolcuts.org, a website with information about school closings and other information geared toward parents whose children attend Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The site lists the 129 schools that fit within CPS’s(…)

Players latest show coming in April

The Hyde Park Community Players’ spring production of playwright Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” be performed from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Directed by Bill Hohnke, the comedy’s four performances include two evening shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as two(…)

“Afro Beats” at the Logan Center

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble is presenting a performance from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The program, entitled “Afro Beats Family Concert,” features music by Paquito d’Rivera and Thelonious Monk performed by musicians Morikeba Kouyate, Idy(…)

Seminary Co-op talk

The Hyde Park Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the stories and people that made the former home of the Seminary Co-op such a distinctive place. University of Chicago alumni Jasmine Kwong and Megan E. Doherty will give a first look at “The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History”(…)

McMobil meeting Mon.

Hyde Park residents will meet next week to discuss the size and scale of the proposed 13-story residential and retail building proposed for the McMobil Site on 53rd Street. The Citizens for Appropriate Retail and Residential Development will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., to discuss(…)

MAC wants Regents Park rezoned

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MAC Properties’ request for a zoning change to bring Regents Park in line with is previous uses was approved by the zoning board last month, Peter Cassel said. The zoning change would allow MAC to open the gym to the public and add amenities. After Antheus Capital, the financial arm(…)

Local schools updates

Murray The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., advanced to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) City Finals by beating Beasley Elementary School, 5255 S. State St., 45 to 41, in four overtimes in the Burnham Park Network Championship game. The finals will take place at 4:45(…)

Foster parent group fundraiser

Envision Unlimited’s foster parent advisory council will be sponsoring a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at 5333 S. Greenwood Ave. The Chicago-based non-profit assists and provides for special needs children. Proceeds from the sale will go to Envision Unlimited’s Foster Care Program and children they serve, according to(…)