Undocumented immigrant takes sanctuary in University Church

Undocumented immigrant takes sanctuary in University Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park community members crowded into University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., on Monday, April 26, for a candlelight vigil supporting Jose Juan Federico Moreno, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who, for the past week, has taken sanctuary within the church to avoid deportation. Moreno, 34, has lived in Bolingbrook, Ill.,(…)

4th Ward residents still have questions for Ald. King

4th Ward residents still have questions for Ald. King

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community members from across the 4th Ward spoke about the opinions and questions they still have about Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) at a meeting last night. The third meeting of the group trying to change 4th Ward politics took place yesterday at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. More(…)

Security Alert: Student held at gunpoint and fondled

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 23, a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student was held at gunpoint and fondled, according to a security alert from university police. The incident occurred at approximately 4:05 a.m. on South Kenwood Avenue near 58th Street. University police reported that a(…)

Prince tribute show at Promontory

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In honor of the late music legend, Prince, The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., will host a special tribute show on Tuesday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. DJ Kwest-On will feature Prince’s best music, videos and artifacts of the artist’s influential music career that spoke to(…)

Shots fired at 61st and Harper

Shots fired at 61st and Harper

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago Police and Chicago Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 6100 block of South Harper Avenue this morning at about 9:45 a.m. According to police on the scene, an unknown gunman on foot opened fire on the occupants of a silver minnie van as(…)

U. of C. Medicine hosts forum to discuss trauma center plans

U. of C. Medicine hosts forum to discuss trauma center plans

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Representatives from University of Chicago Medical Center gave insight about what the community can expect from the Get CARE proposal at a community forum on April 21. The $269 million plan consists of three new aspects and expansions of hospital services including a dedicated cancer hospital and specialty care, an(…)

JPAC hosts Earth Day activities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In celebration of Earth Day, the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) is hosting a weekend full of work projects and events. All of the activities will take place on Saturday, April 23, and are free and open to the public. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Beach(…)

4th Ward community meeting to discuss new alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Monday, April 25, the third meeting of the “Future of the Fourth Ward” group will take place at 7 p.m. at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. This will be the first meeting the group has had since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Sophia King interim alderman of the 4th(…)

Anti-violence activists recruit Hyde Park residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A pop-up lemonade stand on 53rd Street near Harper Avenue, on Wednesday, April 20, offered free, cold beverages to passing community members. The anti-violence organization Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) organized the stand as a way to recruit Hyde Park residents to become involved in their movement. MASK started on(…)

Drive-by shooting and car crash outside Kenwood Academy

Drive-by shooting and car crash outside Kenwood Academy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Police are looking for two people responsible for a drive-by shooting that occurred in the 5100 block of South Blackstone Avenue at about 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20. According to police, a 24-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were in a parked vehicle when a red minivan with two unknown(…)

Panel discussion on models for aging communities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A community forum co-sponsored by the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and the Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will focus on “Aging Friendly Communities” on Chicago’s South Side. The event takes place on May 7, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator,(…)

“Poem in Your Pocket Day” offers discounts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Two Hyde Park Bookstores will participate in “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 21. “Poem in Your Pocket Day” is a national event celebrated in schools, libraries, bookstores, parks and workplaces across the country. Customers at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., and 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

Saul Williams gives live performance at “RIOTcon”

Saul Williams gives live performance at “RIOTcon”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Poet, musician and activist Saul Williams gave a captivating and unconventional performance at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., on Saturday, April 16. The event, which included performances from poet Ladan Osman and singer Koku Gonza, was part of “RIOTcon 2016: Mapping a Movement,” a two-day conference hosted by the(…)

Ancona staff member remembered

Ancona staff member remembered

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime custodian and beloved member of the The Ancona School family, Larry Ware, passed away last weekend. Ware was at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., for 17 years and was celebrated at a Friday morning assembly at the school. The people who knew him all say that he wasn’t(…)

Ald. King speaks about process, plans for 4th Ward

Ald. King speaks about process, plans for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Sophia King (4th) has had a busy week after the announcement of her appointment as interim alderman of the 4th Ward from Mayor Rahm Emanuel last Monday. King is now ready to tackle the issues of the 4th Ward, alongside its residents. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has(…)

New Brew Fest location

New Brew Fest location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has decided on a new location for the 4th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest. After community complaints, the chamber decided that the popular summertime event would not be in Nichols Park. The fest will now be held on Harper Avenue between 52nd Street and(…)

KOCO continues demand for green tech school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 14, about Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., and updates on collaboration between the school and KOCO. Last year, members of KOCO and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett fought for Dyett to reopen as a(…)

St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

A. O. Scott visits Hyde Park

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott spent the past weekend discussing the nature of his work with Hyde Park residents. Scott is the author of the recently published book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.” On Saturday, April 16, he paid(…)

First Unitarian Church accredited as a “Green Sanctuary”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, April 17, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., celebrated its recent accreditation as a Green Sanctuary congregation. The honor came from the Unitarian Universalist Association and took over three years to earn. Allan Lindrup, First Unitarian’s Green Sanctuary Group Chairman, said the award came after(…)