Hyde Park youth advocate Bryan Samuels recognized

Bryan Samuels, director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, was recognized by the Bright Promises Foundation for his work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. The Bright Promises Foundation, which is a 140-year-old organization that invests in organizations that are doing trailblazing work for children, awarded Hyde Park resident Samuels with the(…)

First Unitarian Church hosting holiday sale this weekend

The final Green Holidayze sale of the year at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be held this weekend. The annual sale, now in its third year, includes donated items from the neighborhood and the congregation. Organizer Cindy Pardo said this year’s sale includes a great array of new and gently used items,(…)

Kenwood Academy, U. of C. Lab and Bret Harte in school news

Community talks on Academic Center move to begin at next Community Action Council meeting at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The first of a series of community discussions about Kenwood’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center moving to the 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. building that once housed Canter Middle School will take(…)

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma  center to raise age limit

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma center to raise age limit

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center will raise the age of patients who can be admitted to its pediatric trauma care center to include children up to 17 years old. The trauma center at Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., is the only level 1 trauma center on the(…)

Amid a Hyde Park retail boom, two local entrepreneurs head west

Amid a Hyde Park retail boom, two local entrepreneurs head west

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer One month ago, while several new pop-up shops were opening in University of Chicago storefronts along 53rd Street, two local entrepreneurs swooped into a retail space on the other end of the neighborhood. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Nancy Jackson and Gwen Pruitt, both residents of the 4800 block of South(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it’s not enough. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it reaches(…)

Protest of Ferguson and Eric Garner jury decisions brings Hyde Park traffic to a standstill

Protest of Ferguson and Eric Garner jury decisions brings Hyde Park traffic to a standstill

Protesters at the intersection of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Thursday afternoon. – Owen M. Lawson III By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A massive crowd protesting police brutality and racial injustice brought traffic to a standstill at the intersection of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue this afternoon. Protesters reacting to recent news that the white(…)