Landmark church on the brink of restoration

Landmark church on the brink of restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Supporters of a historic Woodlawn church currently facing demolition have secured the funds necessary to stabilize the fire-ravaged building. Parishioners, community members and non-profit leaders announced the development at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8, just outside St. Gelasius Church, which, up until the building caught fire in October(…)

Hyde Park group hopes to encourage community

Hyde Park group hopes to encourage community

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An organizational meeting for a new anti-violence initiative showed that Hyde Park has a ways to travel before it embraces an inclusive vision of community. Hyde Park resident Michelle Hoffman arranged the meeting, which was held at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., on Sunday, Feb.(…)

Citywide festival moved to Jackson Park

Citywide festival moved to Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tens of thousands of millennials will converge on Jackson Park this summer for Chicago’s fifth annual Spring Awakening music festival. In previous years, the event was held at Soldier’s Field, but this summer’s arrival of an international soccer tournament in the stadium forced the electronic music festival to find a(…)

Tillman  takes on Republican ticket for 1st Congressional race

Tillman takes on Republican ticket for 1st Congressional race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 1st Congressional District has had a Democratic leader for the past 81 years. Republican candidate, Jimmy Lee Tillman II, is trying to change that. Tillman is an African American Republican and is trying to represent the minority in the majority of Congress. “We have a Republican majority and it’s(…)

HP resident transitions from business school to jazz

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long time Hyde Park resident Tracye Eileen has taken an unconventional route to becoming a professional jazz singer. After years in the corporate world, Eileen is using her business smarts to jumpstart her career as a musician. The daughter of Edward Smith, a jazz percussionist, Tracye Eileen has always been(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, an organization working in concert with the Chicago Park District to redevelop facets of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington and Jackson parks, presented its most recent framework plans for the two sites at a community meeting, Monday, Feb. 8. For Washington Park, landscape architect and Olmsted scholar Patricia O’Donnell,(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ theater skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools program is preparing to host its 9th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival on Friday, Feb. 19. The festival brings students from six South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to showcase the work they have accomplished with the help(…)

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Supporters of a historic Woodlawn church currently facing demolition have secured the funds necessary to stabilize the fire-ravaged building. Parishioners, community members and non-profit leaders announced the development at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8, just outside St. Gelasius Church, which, up until the building caught fire in October(…)

Nicky’s Chinese Food fails inspection

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicky’s Chinese Food failed a Feb. 4 food inspection due to foods at improper temperatures and rodent droppings in the restaurant. According to the public report, the Feb. 4 inspection was the result of a complaint. The report states that cooked chicken was at 49.9-52.5 F and cooked beef at(…)

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The FBI is asking the public for assistance in identifying and locating a man suspected of carrying out five bank robberies within the past three weeks. The Hyde Park branch of Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., is where two of those robberies occurred. The most recent took place on(…)

Weekend performances

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend will be a music-filled one with two special performances from the University Chamber Orchestra and The Chicago Ensemble. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the University Chamber Orchestra will play a sneak peek of their upcoming March production, “Princess Ida” for free. The 100-member orchestra will fill the Logan(…)

“Homemade Stories” hits the Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Wednesday evening, a diverse and attentive crowd filled the upstairs venue at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., to hear a man named Shannon Cason spill his soul. Cason is the host of the WBEZ-sponsored podcast series “Homemade Stories,” a project that has Cason and guests recount personal narratives(…)

Pop-up shops at The Silver Room

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special one-day pop-up shop is taking over The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., Saturday, Feb. 6. From noon to 8 p.m., Rare Shipments will be selling its women’s clothing and statement accessories at The Silver Room’s storefront. The pop-up shop will be promoting their unique items, as a(…)

Solstice on the Park zoning meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Studio Gang has been relatively quiet in regards to the future of the long-awaited Solstice on the Park but conversations about the project will resume this month due to a zoning change. The Chicago Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the 24-story Solstice development, 5540 S. Cornell(…)

U. of C. professor resigns amid claims of sexual misconduct

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty member has resigned after an investigation found that the professor violated the university’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct. In November 2015, U. of C. officials received reports that a faculty member had engaged in inappropriate behavior at a private, off-campus(…)

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A local artist is getting a second chance at showcasing his art on the City Hyde Park development; only this time, it’s allowed. Seven pieces of Joel Maxime’s series, “Hair-a-tage” are being displayed on the window panels of the City Hyde Park development, 5105 S. Harper Ave., facing the Harper(…)

Travis gains support in race

Travis gains support in race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s less than two months until the Illinois primary elections, and Jay Travis, candidate for state representative of the 26th District, is gaining momentum in her campaign. Travis has obtained notable supporters throughout her campaign, the most recent being Citizen Action/Illinois, a public interest group that has been at the(…)

Mitchell is voter focused

Mitchell is voter focused

By Allison Matyus Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is spending the remainder of the election reaching out to every single voter in the district. That’s about 27-30,000 registered voters, but that’s easy for Mitchell with his support team backing him up. Every Saturday morning, a team of about 60 of Mitchell’s supporters, endorsers(…)

Officials met with resistance at Washington Park Town Hall

Officials met with resistance at Washington Park Town Hall

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The ire of a number of Washington Park residents upset with their public officials and the state of their neighborhood was on display Saturday, Jan. 30, at a Town Hall meeting held in Gorham United Methodist Church, 5600 S. Indiana Ave. The Washington Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting,(…)

Orthodox congregation finds a home in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small and eclectic Christian Orthodox church composed mostly of local residents is thriving in the center of Hyde Park. Every Sunday, in an inconspicuous building at 1421 E. 53rd St., between 20 and 40 parishioners of Saint Makarios the Great convene for an Orthodox service led by Father Elijah(…)