Hyde Park woman missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A woman has gone missing from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Tanya Martin, 45, was last contacted on Wednesday, May 25. Police said she my be carrying a black purse and driving a silver, four door, 2014 Toyota Avalon. Martin is described as(…)

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(…)

Comfort Me Boutique closing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After two years in the neighborhood, Comfort Me Boutique, 1508 E. 55th St., will be closing on June 30. The store started as a pop-up shop in Harper Court bought in by the University of Chicago and became a permanent business in Hyde Park when it moved to the Hyde(…)

Hairston announces community meeting to clarify parkland proposals

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has set a date for when Chicago Park District officials will speak with community members about recent and proposed changes to Jackson and Washington parks. The meeting aims to assuage the concerns of park goers who have felt, in recent months, that park revamps are going(…)

Police searching for four suspects in Woodlawn shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police responded to a shots fired call in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, Tuesday, May 24, at approximately 3:25 p.m. According to an U. of C. security alert, four possible suspects in a white Chevrolet Impala were seen leaving(…)

Shoesmith raised money for education

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Sixth grade students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., have raised over $1,000 to be donated to two different organizations that impact children’s education worldwide. Students committed to giving up their lunch and recess time to plan a school-wide Penny Wars fundraiser to raise money towards education quality.(…)

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(…)

Harper Court Summer Music Series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, May 25, the Harper Court Summer Music Series kicks off the beginning of warmer months and live outdoor music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The series was a success last summer, and so the four-part event is being brought back(…)

More CPS budget cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, May 17, select Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals found out their budgets for the 2016-17 school year and the cuts are projected at 20 to 30 percent for each school’s budget. Gregory Jones, principal at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., was one of the principals(…)

69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One of Hyde Park’s longstanding traditions returns this year to bring the community together through art. The 69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair will take place June 4-5, and will feature artists from across the country. The 57th Street Art Fair began in 1948 and was first held over a(…)

Harper Court music series returns for summer season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, the Harper Court Summer Music Series kicks off the beginning of warmer months and live outdoor music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The series put on by the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and Eric Williams of(…)

DuSable hosts Walter Dyett tribute concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th PL., will host a tribute concert to Captain Walter H. Dyett, one of the Godfathers of Chicago Jazz, on July 23. The concert is billed as a centennial celebration of The Great Migration and will feature Chicago musicians playing the(…)

Sen. Raoul supports elected school board, plans on community meetings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul, (D-13), has sponsored a plan in favor of an elected school board for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The House Bill 557, which calls for a democratic process in CPS’ school board, passed the House on March 3 in a 110-4 margin and is currently under consideration(…)

Interactive, digital timeline explores Jackson Park history

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at gardenofthephoenix.org, was created by Project 120(…)

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(…)

Renaissance Society gets its largest donation ever

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Renaissance Society, 5311 S. Ellis Ave., announced today that it has received the largest collective gift in its 100-year history, totaling $1.5 million to go towards the institution’s programming. The Edlis Neeson Foundation, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation each pledged $500,000 to the Renaissance(…)

5k run benefits diaper drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Saturday, May 21, the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and 5K Run will take place from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Jackson Park, hosted by Douglas of Chicago. The event’s proceeds will support the Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends (S.W.A.D.D.L.E) Diaper Bank, an organization that provides(…)