CPS sports programs in limbo as teachers threaten to strike

 Sports Writer
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) sports programs are in limbo as the city waits for the final decision from the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) on whether teachers will go on strike. A strike could adversely affect the school district’s 2016-17 winter sports season. “We don’t know if our homecoming week is canceled(…)

South Side entrepreneurs throw out their best pitches

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Cubs are in the playoffs but the pitches on the South Side are the real winners. Last night six finalists had the chance to give a three-minute pitch before a panel of successful entrepreneurs similar to the ABC series Shark Tank. Finalist had the chance to win business advice,(…)

University of Chicago Medicine announces Community Advisory Council

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced the creation of its community advisory council (CAC). The CAC will seek community input on health issues of importance to its primary service area and surrounding communities. The application of the CAC was publically circulated among community groups, social media and earned media channels,(…)

Journalist Jeff Chang presents new book of essays

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jeff Chang, acclaimed author of We Gon Be Alright and most recently Notes on Race and Resegration, will lead a discussion on the roles of artists and activists in social and cultural change Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. This event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs(…)

Shrine of Christ the King celebrates one year since fire

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In commemoration of the one-year anniversary since the extra-alarm fire at the Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., there will be a mass and rally this Saturday, Oct. 8. On Oct. 7, 2015, an early morning fire ravaged the church, causing the roof to cave in. After(…)

U. of C. professor to discuss taming of free speech

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Law School (UCLS) Professor Laura Weinrib will discuss her new book “The Taming of Free Speech,” Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The book traces the understanding of civil liberties to conflict between 1910 and 1940 over workers right(…)

Nando’s officially announces Hyde Park location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After speculation and hints of a move to Hyde Park, Nando’s Peri-Peri officially announced today that it will have a new restaurant in the neighborhood. Nando’s will be located at the former Clarke’s Diner location at 1447 E. 53rd St. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will host(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will have an open house this Saturday, Oct. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The open house will feature a new exhibit entitled, “Hyde Park in 1890, from Raschers Atlas.” Posters from the 1890 atlas between 51st and 59th streets and Cottage Grove(…)

Ald. Hairston (5th) demands the public hear other police reform ordinances

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Today, Oct. 5, City Council voted against Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) 39 to 8 in her bid to have an alternative police accountability ordinance to Civilian Office Police Accountability (COPA). The shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke prompted a public outcry for more(…)

President Obama to travel to Chicago

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer On Friday, Oct. 7, President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago to attend events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Victory Fund, a fund for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. While in Chicago Obama will stay in his Kenwood residence overnight, according to a press release from the White(…)

Kenwood mom charged for badly beating her son

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 2, a 7-year-old boy in a diaper was discovered by Chicago Police Officers running northbound in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive. According to the Chicago Police Department, (CPD) the boy had multiple injuries to his face and body. He was then transported(…)

Tree planting event brings community together

Tree planting event brings community together

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Openlands and Project 120 collaborated on a project to celebrate what they are calling “Oaktober,” Saturday, Oct. 1. Despite the rain and persistent mosquitos, treekeepers and community volunteers gathered in Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr., to plant 12 trees for Oak Tree Awareness month or “Oaktober.” Oak trees are(…)

Photos from Hyde Parkers’ collection on display at the Smart

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the new photo exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art entitled “There was a whole collection” is worth 255,000 words. The exhibit features 255 photos from the 830 photo collection of the late Hyde Park residents Lester and Betty Guttman. The photos(…)

“Concrete Traffic” exhibit returns to U. of C.

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer “Concrete Traffic,” the seminal sculpture by German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell, will make its way home to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in a procession down Lake Shore Drive Friday, Sept. 30. The piece was commissioned by the MCA in the(…)

Trigger improv show tackles tough issues

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., presented the opening night of their inaugural sketch comedy revue Trigger Saturday night, Oct. 1. Written and performed by a six member cast, directed by Cassie Ahiers, produced by John Stoop and featuring live jazz music from the Cam Cunningham Trio. According to the(…)

Fourth Ward candidates get election ready

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Candidates for the 4th Ward Alderman have a little over 50 days to get 473 signatures from the approximately 33,177 registered voters in the ward The first candidate forum was held on Sept. 22, and residents had the chance to meet some of the candidates for the first time, although(…)

Kenwood Brotherhood fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 12 years, the Kenwood Academy of Brotherhood has been focusing on academic, personal, social and career achievement for male students attending Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. It’s a new school year, and so new students have the opportunity to get involved with the successful program. Dr.(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship second year in a row

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School Principal, Shenethe Parks, has been selected to participate in a professional development fellowship program by the Chicago Public Education Fund. Parks is one of 33 principals to be chosen for the program that is designed to support and retain top-performing Chicago Public School (CPS) principals. The(…)

MSI seeks to inspire future generations with Above and Beyond exhibit

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is commemorating a century of flight and aerospace exploration with a new exhibit that explores the past, present and future of space technology and air travel. This year, Boeing is celebrating 100 years of innovation with the 5,000 square foot exhibit, which opened(…)