Connecting institutions on the South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, long-standing visual arts organizations on the South Side have collaborated to bring forth the connections they share and the histories they have imprinted in the area. South Side Connections brings together the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.; the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell(…)

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson led a press conference Monday, at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., praising the move by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an expansive investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD). U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday that the DOJ’s investigation will(…)

Vue53 opens leasing and new office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Vue53 had a grand opening of their leasing office today, located at 1453 E. 53rd St. Though the apartment complex will not be completed until September 2016, Vue53 had a soft opening last Tuesday and began leasing to the public. Apartments range from 428 square foot studios to 804 square(…)

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Washington Park organization serving Chicago’s homeless veterans is facing closure after being hit by the city with 38 building code violations. The organization’s founders suspect that the city’s scrutiny was motivated by parties interested in obtaining property surrounding the likely location of the Obama Presidential Center. The Remake The(…)

Einstein grand opening

Einstein grand opening

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5230 S. Harper Ct., has been welcomed in the neighborhood warmly since it first opened last month. On Thursday, Dec. 10, the store will officially be a part of Hyde Park at its grand opening event. From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests will receive a 10(…)

Anti-violence group recruits involvement in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend, the group of mom activists from Englewood known as Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) will gather in Hyde Park’s Bixler Park to promote summer neighborhood patrols. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, MASK will be in the park on 57th Street and Kenwood Avenue to recruit(…)

U. of C. professor co-authors book on mixed-income housing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) professor Robert Chaskin and Case Western Reserve University professor Mark Joseph kicked off the release of their new book, “Integrating The Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation,” Thursday evening at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., with a(…)

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Domino’s at 1453 E. Hyde Park Blvd. has been temporarily closed by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The department placed a notice on the storefront’s door Tuesday that stated that the pizza restaurant’s license has been suspended. Representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health declined to comment(…)

Teachers to vote yes or no on strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 9, teachers that are a part of the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) will vote on whether or not to authorize a teacher’s strike. The contract between CTU and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) expired this summer and teachers have been working without a contract for over 150 days. CTU(…)

La Rabida fosters fashionistas

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This week marks the ninth year that a trendy North Side boutique will donate holiday dresses to teen and tween patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr. On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., volunteers from Frankie’s on the Park, 2322 N. Clark St.,(…)

Ald. Hairston responds to McCarthy firing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has responded to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s dismissal of Police Sup. Garry McCarthy with the demand for more reforms. In a statement released Tuesday, Hairston said, “We need to have a clearance sale in the police department and get rid of everyone who McCarthy brought with him.(…)

MSNBC correspondent to talk about race at the Co-Op

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Joy-Ann Reid from MSNBC will be at the Seminary Co-Op on Friday to discuss her book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide.” In her recently published book, Reid highlights the racial divide that has taken over news headlines, despite any progress that has been made over the(…)

Preckwinkle Holiday Party

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is inviting the Hyde Park-Kewood community to attend a holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., from 6 p.m. – 8:30p.m. In addition to joining the festivities at the party, guests are encouraged to bring a gift, toy(…)

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Last week, Chicago held its breath while awaiting the outcome of a released video depicting a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Van Dyke was charged with(…)

Artist collaboration project brings Bach music to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will get a musical treat this week on Thursday when ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform in a Bach Marathon. Thanks to a collaboration between famed musician, Yo-Yo Ma, local artist Theaster Gates, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the University of Chicago (U. of(…)

Hyde Park featured in South Side documentary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Geoffrey Baer, host of numerous feature-length specials for WTTW, Chicago’s public media station, has dedicated his most recent documentary to the unique history of the city’s South Side neighborhoods. In the film, titled “Chicago’s South Side,” Baer spends some time chronicling Hyde Park, which he calls a “bastion of idealism(…)