Hyde Park robberies in May

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Police are warning Hyde Park residents of a string of robberies that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. Police said that in each of the instances, two Black males, 18 to 32 years of age, standing between 5’6″ and 5’8″ tall and weighing 140-180 lbs., approached victims and demanded personal(…)

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A CTA bus collided with a Nissan sedan in the 5400 block of South Lake Park Avenue, Wednesday, at approximately 2:15 p.m. While none of the three occupants in the Nissan were hurt, a small number of CTA passengers reported injuries, according to responders at the scene. Jade Rhea, one(…)

Trauma Care Coalition hosts town hall meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the University of Chicago (U. of C.) moves forward with its healthcare expansion plan, trauma center activists are continuing the fight to assure that the university’s proposal truly embraces the surrounding communities. On Thursday, May 19, the Trauma Care Coalition, a collective of activists that brought a national spotlight(…)

Whole Foods opens in June

Whole Foods opens in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The opening date for Whole Foods in the City Hyde Park development is set for Wednesday, June 22. Whole Foods’ own version of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony,” is set for 8:45 a.m. and the store will be open for shopping at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers(…)

Future students excited for Dyett’s art programs

Future students excited for Dyett’s art programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., is preparing to open its doors to students after a year of being closed, this time as an arts-based school. On Thursday, May 12, Dyett Principal Beulah McLoyd held an evening mixer for incoming students and their families at the Blanc Gallery, 4445(…)

New signs added to be added to Harper Court retail space

New signs added to be added to Harper Court retail space

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., will be getting some new, sleek signage installed before fall. The two signs will be located at the 53rd Street entrance of Harper Court as well as on the Harper Avenue entrance. The signs are being added to help shoppers find the retail shops(…)

CMJ alumni reunion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many people, their childhood experiences shaped who they are as a person for the rest of their lives, and for a lot of Hyde Park natives, that childhood experience was Camp Martin Johnson (CMJ). The Hyde Park YMCA, formerly located at 1400 E. 53rd St., ran Camp Martin for(…)

Community discussion unravels Hyde Park’s problems in unity

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On May 10, nearly 55,000 Chicagoans gathered at different tables across the city to discuss one important question: What can we do together to create a more unified community? Community members in the 77 neighborhoods that make up Chicago talked about that question in differing ways as part of the(…)

Anti-gun violence forum hosted at Harper Theater

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Catalyst for Change Chicago is hosting an event to spark conversation about the city’s gun violence epidemic and how citizens can get involved in efforts to end it, Thursday, May 19, at Harper Theater. According to data from the Chicago Tribune, there have been 1,280 shooting victims from Jan. 1(…)

King holds first town hall meeting as new alderman

King holds first town hall meeting as new alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the 4th Ward finally got to meet their new alderman last night at Interim Ald. Sophia King’s (4th) first town hall meeting after Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her a little over 30 days ago. The Donn. F. Bailey auditorium inside the Northeastern Illinois University Carruthers Center for Inner(…)

Fifth Third Bank Robber identified

Fifth Third Bank Robber identified

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The FBI has identified Ronald Lewis, 54, as the man responsible for robbing Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, May 13. University of Chicago police apprehended Lewis at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, less than 30 minutes after the robbery, at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue,(…)

Regents Park catches fire

By SAM RAPPAPORT STaff Writer Firefighters responded to a fire in Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr., on Friday, May 13, at about 1 p.m. According to the fire department, roofing material had caught fire on the top level of the building’s parking garage. Though the fire produced a plume of smoke that blanketed(…)

Morning shooting injures one

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An 18-year-old male was injured in a shooting that took place in the 6200 block of South Kimbark Avenue this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. According to police, two Black, male offenders, one wearing black and one wearing a gray hoodie, approached the victim and one of the offenders opened(…)

HPAC College Day for local students

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is hosting a special College Day this Thursday, May 19, from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Students will have the chance to hear tips on choosing a college, funding for higher education, the different types of colleges and more. Snacks will(…)

‘Water’ the topic of discussion at I-House science lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dr. Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory scientist and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering Fellow, will discuss solutions to the world’s growing demand for fresh water, Wednesday, May 18, at International House, 1414 E. 59th St. The talk, titled “Argonne OutLoud: The End of Water as(…)

Non-profit finds jobs for Hyde Park residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A non-profit that connects job seekers with employers has been steadily putting unemployed Hyde Park residents back to work. According to Marie Lynch, the President and CEO of Skills For Chicagoland’s Future (SCF), in 2015 the organization helped 36 people from Hyde Park and Woodlawn find employment with over 20 companies,(…)

Fifth Third Bank robbed again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., was the victim to another robbery on Friday, May 13. This is the second robbery to hit the bank since March of this year. At approximately 1:08 p.m., a Black male, 5’9” tall, wearing a dark hat and sweatshirt, entered the bank, showed(…)

Organizations gather at Harper Theater to combat gun violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Catalyst for Change Chicago is hosting an event to spark conversation about the city’s gun violence epidemic and how citizens can get involved in efforts to end it, Thursday, May 19, at Harper Theater. According to data from the Chicago Tribune, there have been 1,242 shooting victims from Jan. 1(…)

Migratory Bird Day in Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff WRiter Millions of migratory birds pass through Chicago every year. The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) is celebrating their journey, tomorrow, May 14, with a morning full of activities. From 8 a.m. – noon, in Jackson Park’s Bobolink Meadow (southeast of the Museum of Science and Industry), community members will be(…)

Memorial Service for Dr. Quentin Young

Memorial Service for Dr. Quentin Young

A memorial service for Dr. Quentin Young will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at KAM Isaiah Israel, 5039 S. Greenwood Ave. Young, a Hyde Park native who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. He was well known(…)