U. of C. clerical workers fight for higher wages

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) clerical workers are calling for higher wages as they negotiate a new, three-year contract with the university. Members of the Teamsters Local 743 union, which works with over 700 clerical workers at the U. of C., rallied outside of the university’s administrative building at(…)

Weekend festival to talk about changes in Chicago’s issues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Awaken Chicago will host a three-day event to discuss inequality and violence and what Chicagoans can do to try to initiate change. The event, which will include panel discussions and workshops, will take place at both Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., and at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th(…)

Art Fair Committee looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Shrine of Christ the King restoration underway

Shrine of Christ the King restoration underway

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, April 26, workers from the Ruffin Construction Company were busy clearing away charred debris inside the fire-ravaged Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Canon Matthew Talarico, the work marks the beginning of Phase 1 of the church’s restoration process. In total, five(…)

Marshalls announces the opening date of its City Hyde Park store

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Marshalls Department Store will open its City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., location on May 19, according to store representatives. City Hyde Park’s other established retailers, Whole Foods and Michaels have not released opening dates but Peter Cassel, the director for community development for Mac Properties, said that the(…)

Missing Persons Report

Missing Persons Report

Ambrose Monye was reported missing on Wednesday, April 27 at 10:36 a.m. Monye is a 28-year-old African American Male, who is 5’10,” weighs 180 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes. Monye was last seen on Sunday, April 17 in the area of Jackson Park hospital, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave. He frequents coffee(…)

Cleaver speaks at I-House

Cleaver speaks at I-House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kathleen Neal Cleaver, a prominent figure in the Black Panther Party of the 1960s and 1970s, spoke at International House, 1414 E. 59th St., Thursday, April 21, as part of an annual lecture hosted by the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Throughout the(…)

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer   On April 23, the Bandung Philharmonic gave its premiere concert in Indonesia’s famed Gedung Merdeka under the tutelage of Hyde Park residents Robert Nordling and Michael Hall. At the beginning of the year, the two men traveled to Bandung, Indonesia, to oversee the creation of the city’s first professional(…)

Artist turned environmentalist makes HP home

Artist turned environmentalist makes HP home

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Painter Chapman Kelley now calls Hyde Park his home after living in Dallas for the past nine years. His roots in Chicago go deeper than his successful art career, and he has returned to get back to the “nature” of things in finishing what he started years ago. Kelley’s house(…)

New exhibit at Renaissance Society questions doubt

New exhibit at Renaissance Society questions doubt

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The latest exhibition at the Renaissance Society takes a closer look at doubt and different artists’ unique perceptions of the emotion of uncertainty. “Between the Ticks of the Watch” runs through June 26 at the vast gallery inside the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. The exhibit, curated by Solveig(…)

Kenwood, Ray, Lab and City Elementary in School News

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Choir wins at Florida festival The Kenwood Academy Concert Choir won big at the 2016 OrlandoFest during the weekend of April 15. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., walked away with four major awards, including: 1st place in top scoring concert choir, 1st place in top scoring(…)

Blackstone book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is having a Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will have a wide collection of genres including children’s and young adult books and both paperback and hardcover editions of popular favorites. All(…)

Project 120 hosts “Garden of the Phoenix” event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, a non-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate Chicago’s South Side Parks, is inviting the public to a free event on May 1, in Jackson Park. The day is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., when Project 120 President Robert Karr will give(…)

HP seniors host discussion on 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 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator,(…)

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(…)