Opposition grows to U. of C.’s I-House eviction plans

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A growing number of students and Hyde Park residents are getting behind efforts to oppose the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) plans to transform International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., into an undergraduate-only housing complex. The university announced in January that the decision was made in order to(…)

Target to open in Vue53 as anchor retailer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target announced today that it will open a store in the Hyde Park neighborhood within the Vue53 development. The retailer is planning on taking up 21,000 of the available 28,000 square feet of retail space that Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., has to offer. According to an official press release,(…)

Gun agendas not to be ignored in voting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, thousands of voters will take to the polls to choose the candidates that most align with their issues. For the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC), the most important issue at stake is ending gun violence. Every election cycle, G-PAC endorses the candidates that bring the issue of gun violence(…)

Kenwood student leadership group hosts fundraising event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of a Kenwood Academy High School mentorship program will face off against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago in a basketball game on Friday, March 18. In addition to the basketball game, the evening will feature a performance from the K-phi-9 Dance Troupe. The event will(…)

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new burger joint in town promises healthy “cheat day” meals with a side of fresh ingredients. Mikkey’s Retro Grill, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., is the second restaurant endeavor from Hyde Parker Erik Nance. Nance, who also owns Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., explained that the(…)

Nichols Park a no go for Brew Fest 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce announced, at a community meeting Thursday, March 10, that the 2016 Hyde Park Brew Fest will not be held in Nichols Park this year. The Thursday evening meeting at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., was short and to the point.(…)

Shots fired near Kenwood Academy High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The occupants of a vehicle driving in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue opened fire on a passing car at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday, March 10, according to a Kenwood Academy High School spokeswoman, who did not wish to be named. The spokeswoman said that the school’s in-house(…)

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Darrel Hackett has been named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. According to Savoy Magazine, the award puts Hackett on “the definitive list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership.” Hackett, a neighborhood(…)

Street closing

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) announced, Thursday, March 10, that Hyde Park Boulevard between 51st Street and 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue between 51st Street and 53rd Street will be closed from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., Saturday, March 19, so that helicopters can safely lift utility boxes from a building at 5201 S. Cornell Avenue.

CTS president honored

CTS president honored

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, president and associate professor at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St., received the University of Montevallo’s (U. of M.) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Monday, March 7. Hunt is a 1978 graduate of the small Alabama university, where she completed her B.S. in mathematics(…)

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are debuting not one, but two shows this weekend in an exciting two-week run of “Jar the Floor” and “Proof.” David Auburn’s “Proof”, directed by player Paul Baker, and Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor”, directed by Roseland Battle, may be two separate plays and(…)

U. of C. creates institute for urban education

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) is launching a new institute for urban scholarship and education thanks to a $35 million gift from university alumni Joe and Rika Mansueto. Joe Mansueto is the founder and CEO of the investment research firm Morningstar, Inc. University president Robert Zimmer said that(…)

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native, Dr. Quentin Young, who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. Born in 1923, Young lived on the South Side his whole life. His son, Michael Young, said Hyde Park has always been where his roots(…)

U. of C. student organization endorses Mitchell

U. of C. student organization endorses Mitchell

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago student organization Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP) endorsed State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26th), Friday, March 4, on the steps of Levitt Hall, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Mitchell is currently facing community organizer Jay Travis in the battle for the 26th district. Cosmo Albrecht, a CEP representative(…)

Congressman Bobby Rush ready for another term

Congressman Bobby Rush ready for another term

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) is up against three Democrats and two Republicans for yet another election cycle, but to him, it’s just another day on the job that he has held for 23 years. “I’ve been focusing on trying to do my job in Washington while at the same(…)

HP Chamber hosts Ancien Cycles ribbon cutting

HP Chamber hosts Ancien Cycles ribbon cutting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood March 1 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Elected representative school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last Thursday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was(…)

Tricap Residential Group renovates homes in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new property management company that focuses on renovating old buildings into newer spaces has settled in Hyde Park. Tricap Residential Group bought 5501 S. Everett Ave. in August from the Realty & Mortgage management company and began renovations in early October. The renovations are nearing completion, and leasing for(…)

Yoga for the incarcerated

Yoga for the incarcerated

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As criminal justice reform continues to push its way to the forefront of this nation’s political dialogue, some activists are touting yoga as a remedy to the physical and psychological confines of incarceration. On Saturday, March 5, the Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN) hosted a panel discussion at Chaturanga Holistic(…)

Pinball Bandit in custody

Pinball Bandit in custody

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The “Pinball Bandit,” who is thought to be responsible for six Chicago bank robberies since Jan 13., three of which were in Hyde Park, has been apprehended by law enforcement. FBI officials have identified the man as Nashun Langford. According to a statement from FBI Task Force Officer Kevin Pietruszka,(…)