Annual MLK event at Uchicago

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Monday, Jan. 11, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a week early, at its 26th Annual MLK Celebration. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Van Jones, a CNN contributor and author, will give(…)

Catch Court Theatre’s new show ahead of premiere

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Starting this Thursday, the Court Theatre is offering a preview showing of its newest play, “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” As part of the Louis Armstrong Festival throughout January and February at various locations throughout the city, the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., will begin previewing the performance in the(…)

Oriental Institute hosts lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in garnering some information on the world’s earliest, documented military encounter should visit the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., this Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a presentation by historians Robert Ritner and Theo van den Hout. The event details the Battle of Kadesh, a(…)

Arne Duncan says farewell to secretary position, hello to South Side

Arne Duncan says farewell to secretary position, hello to South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is returning to the neighborhood when he steps down from his role in the cabinet on Friday. Earlier today, Duncan gave his farewell address at St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Pl. Duncan announced he would step down from his position(…)

Local rabbi goes to Washington

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Every year, the president of the United States invites Jewish leaders from across the county to a Hanukkah reception at the White House. This year, Hyde Park Rabbi Yossi Brackman of the Rohr Chabad Center at the University of Chicago made the guest list. In early December, Brackman traveled to(…)

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 2015 saw new businesses adding to neighborhood retail, as well as long-time businesses closing their doors for the last time. This year also saw development on the changing landscape in Hyde Park, but not without debate. From the ground up Developments such as Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., and City(…)

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Big things are happening in Chicago’s South Side Parks. From a presidential library to comprehensive revitalization efforts to Yoko Ono, many substantial changes are underway. Barack Obama Presidential Center At the outset of 2015, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) had just submitted its response to the Barack Obama(…)

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

By ALLISON MATYUS & SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Politicians drop by Hyde Park has a long-standing history for breeding politicians and political figures. This year, some famed political leaders, both past and present, paid the neighborhood a visit. In July, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S.(…)

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Creating art in new ways Forty-three years ago, artist Caryl Yasko created a mural under the viaduct of Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street called “Under the City Stone.” This summer, the mural was restored and repainted with funding from the University of Chicago (U. of C.)(…)

Goals met, new learning spaces built at private schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., said farewell to former school head, Bonnie Wishne, after 35 years at the school. Wishne announced in 2013 that she would retire in 2015. In May, there was an elaborate celebration for Wishne and her legacy with the school, including a party,(…)

Hyde Park public schools rise to challenges in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Bret Harte’s first 8th grade class in 13 years, 31 students total, graduated on June 15. Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., offered a mixed middle school experience to its students this year, where 8th graders traveled from room-to-room as a group or separate for their various(…)

Trauma center, university police take spotlight in U. of C. news

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers University news It was a busy year for change at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), starting in February, when union nurses at the U. of C. Medical Center voted to authorize a strike. That strike almost happened on April 30, but in early May, the(…)

Hyde Park continues to grapple with violent crime in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park saw an unusual amount violent crime in 2015. As the City of Chicago wrestled with how to address a surge in homicides across the city, local residents held forums on how to best combat neighborhood crime. In a September community meeting, held at St. Paul and The Redeemer(…)

CPD body-camera program expands into Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim Police Superintendent John Escalante announced that the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) body-worn camera program will be extended to six addition police districts, including the Wentworth District (2nd), which encompasses most of Hyde Park. Currently the camera program is only underway in the Chicago(…)

Recycle Christmas trees at Jackson Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The holidays aren’t necessarily over, but to get a head start on taking down your decorations, you can recycle your Christmas tree at Jackson Park. Starting this Saturday until Jan. 16, the Chicago Park District is providing tree recycling at 24 locations, including Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave. Ornaments,(…)

Wooded Island opens on weekends

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After New Year’s Day, Hyde Parkers will have the opportunity to spend a few hours of their weekends touring Jackson Park’s Wooden Island at their leisure. The island has been closed since April due to an ongoing effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revitalize the park’s natural(…)