Thursday Thanksgiving potluck

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its 3rd Annual Hyde Park Community Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, Nov. 26. From 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., everyone from the community is welcome to join in on a Thanksgiving Day celebration inside the church’s Gorder Hall.(…)

Volunteers needed for Chicago Free School care package project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the winter cold season is approaching, now, more than ever, is the time to help the 2,000 homeless youth of Chicago. On Saturday, Nov. 21, students, teachers and families from the Chicago Free School, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will gather at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park to(…)

HPNC creates scholarship fund

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will assist children enrolled in its after-school program. A challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust of $25,000 made it possible for HPNC(…)

Film exploring sexuality and religion to premiere at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Renowned independent filmmaker, and part-time South Side resident, D. Channsin Berry, who’s previous movies include “A Different Shade of Love,” “My Father’s Music…Jazz” and “The Black Line,” is bringing his newest documentary, “The Church House: Sexuality In The Black Church,” to Hyde Park on Dec. 4. The film, which is(…)

Teacher curriculum fair at Kenwood

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teachers for Social Justice will host a curriculum fair at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. This is the 14th year of the curriculum event that includes exhibits and workshops. The main goal for the annual event is for(…)

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer With construction on Wooden Island scheduled for completion in six months, the condition of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge is posed to inconvenience many Chicagoans hoping to experience a revamped Jackson Park. Five years ago, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) called into question the safety of the Darrow Bridge,(…)

Einstein Bros. Bagels opens on Monday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels officially opens its doors in its Harper Court location Nov. 23. The bagel and coffee chain will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Over 50 employees have been hired locally to work at the storefront at 5225 S. Harper Ct. Gary Pahl, the brand(…)

U. of C. celebrates national labs

U. of C. celebrates national labs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer kicked off an event titled “The University of Chicago and Affiliated Laboratories: Powerful Partners in Transformative Science” on Friday, Nov. 13, by pointing to the continued prominence of the university as a national leader is scientific developments. The event, which(…)

Independent hotel reopens as La Quinta

Independent hotel reopens as La Quinta

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A ribbon cutting ceremony last month marked the official transformation of the former Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., into a La Quinta Inn. The building recently pulled through a 2-year period of renovations aimed at modernizing the facility. The new hotel is equipped with a breakfast(…)

Hyde Park writers group formed

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The act of writing is a solitude act between the writer, the pen and the paper but local group Indie City Writers are trying to change that for South Side authors. The weekly group that is made up of diverse writers meets to create, refine, share and learn about their(…)

Tellabration returns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)

CPS gives Kenwood top rating

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of only two open enrollment neighborhood Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the high school category to receive the highest score of level 1+ on school quality in 2015. CPS releases its School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) report once a year and recently announced the(…)

Suburban health care system partners with U. of C. Medicine

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ingalls Health System, a web of health care facilities located in Harvey, Ill., announced last week that it plans on integrating into the University of Chicago Medicine’s health network. On Thursday, Nov. 12, Ingalls and the university signed a Letter of Intent to pursue a combined health delivery system. “Ingalls(…)

Holiday fun in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The radio has changed to holiday themed music, twinkly lights are appearing on neighborhood streets and snow is in the forecast for the weekend. Yes, the holidays are here, and Hyde Park is hosting Hyde Park Holiday Nights for three nights in December to celebrate the season. On Dec. 3,(…)

Organization calls on Hyde Parkers for shoe donations

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An organization raising awareness of homelessness and poverty is asking Hyde Parkers to contribute old sneakers for its annual shoe drive. Kicks 4 the City, an organization started in St. Louis and expanded to eight cities, is aiming to double the amount of shoes it raised last year to 12,000(…)

Handmade and local at weekend bazaar

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beat the Black Friday rush and shop local at this weekend’s Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmer’s Market on Sunday, Nov. 22. The monthly bazaar takes place at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., and showcases local artists and their products. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the(…)