Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) held a press conference Friday afternoon at its headquarters denouncing Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) decision to phase out Dyett High School. The organization said that CPS is creating a “School Desert” in the Bronzeville community and should Dyett close, Kenwood Academy High School(…)

$10M visitors center for Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor In a meeting called Monday by Ald. Hairston (5th), community members heard a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar visitors center in Jackson Park. Details were presented by project designer Kulapat Yatrasast, of Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture, and Robert W. Karr Jr., a board member of The Garden(…)

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago purchased the newly-opened, retail complex and 12-story office tower Harper Court. “The University’s contract with Harper Court Partners allowed for the University to purchase the property, including Phase II, for approximately $98 million,” said Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of(…)

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Dozens of students from four South Side schools visited the University of Chicago campus last Thursday to learn about the analysis of large data sets to improve city services, including 12 students from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. At a four-hour seminar and workshop at(…)

CPS pans Ray performance

CPS pans Ray performance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer How to achieve greater gains on tests and increase attendance were the two main topics discussed Wednesday night at Ray Elementary School during its “State of the School” address. If the school does not make gains over the next few months it could lead to designation as a low-ranking(…)

March for trauma care on South Side

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a level-1 adult trauma care center on the South Side plan to march for what they say is a critical tool in the fight against gun violence. Illinois state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) will host a hearing on the lack of South Side trauma centers at 11 a.m.,(…)

Storytelling event returns to Hyde Park this week

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Judith Heineman, a Hyde Park resident and founder of the Chicago Storytelling Guild, recently won the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for leadership and service in the North Central Region. Heineman continues her efforts to keep the art of storytelling alive by hosting the 17th annual Tellabration concert this(…)

Burns flips on TIF cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) voted last Wednesday to discharge from City Council an ordinance he co-sponsored last July. The legislation would have redistributed undesignated funds from city Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts with 2012 revenues of more than $1 million to the municipality, for possible use on Chicago(…)