St. Thomas wines and dines

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fall is in full swing, and the St. Thomas the Apostle School is inviting the community to celebrate this colorful season at their Wines and Steins Harvest Festival this Saturday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., will feature 14 wines to(…)

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry is spearheading an effort to restore the area surrounding the Metra tracks between 59th and 60th streets. McCurry, along with Midway Park Advisory Council (MPAC) President Bronwyn Nichols Lodato, met with Metra officials Friday morning to discuss the area, which has fallen(…)

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Hyde Park Wednesday morning to congratulate the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on one year of innovation in the community and its exciting expansions in programming. Rauner spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship when it comes to the economy during the program’s celebration(…)

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Attorney Steven Denny and Muslim community leaders held a press conference in Hyde Park, Thursday afternoon, to address the second set of criminal charges of sexual abuse recently leveled against Abdullah Saleem, former president of the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) in Elgin, Ill. Denny currently represents the four women(…)

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Fire officials cited the spontaneous combustion of oily floor rags as the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that structurally devastated a historic Catholic church in Woodlawn. Late into Wednesday afternoon, firefighters continued to attend to hot spots in the interior of Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401,(…)

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest addition to Hyde Park housing, City Hyde Park, has begun the pre-leasing process for when the apartment complex opens up in late December. City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., will allow future residents to move in beginning Dec. 21, with rent starting at $1,800 for the cheapest(…)

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Early Sunday morning, Oct. 4, a group of Kenwood Academy high school students and Washington Park community members gathered at 5703 S. Lafayette Ave. to assist artist and architect Amanda Williams in painting an abandoned house the bright, reddish orange color of “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.” As part of her project(…)

Rev. Jackson, McCarthy speak about September’s death rates

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out against what is being called the deadliest September in 13 years. At an Oct. 1 Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) press conference, which was held at the intersection of 51st Street and Drexel Avenue—the site of a Sept. 16 shooting—Jackson advocated for stricter gun laws.(…)

U. of C. report finds that suspension rates relate to race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a new report from the University of Chicago (U. of C.), racial disparities among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. The consortium report, which took two and a half-years to fully research, looks at how discipline is related to schools’(…)

Pedestrian safety discussed in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is by-and-large a driving neighborhood. A majority of the community gets in their car and drives to where they need to go, but others do prefer the Chicago way of walking to destinations. In a community that is driver-focused, pedestrian safety has become a main concern. According to(…)

U. of C. data project hits the streets

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thanks to a $3.1 million grant, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will implement a citywide collaborative project between the city and scientific research to benefit the various communities of Chicago. Led by Charlie Catlett, a computer scientist and senior fellow at the Computation Institute at U. of C.,(…)

Author Khalil Gibran Muhammad to speak at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Noted author and South Side native Khalil Gibran Muhammad will lecture and field questions this Thursday, Oct. 8, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Muhammad is the director of the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is located in Harlem, N.Y., and(…)

Hyde Park to take over the Hancock

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers get a special day this week at the John Hancock building downtown for Thursday night’s Hyde Park Night. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, a celebration of Hyde Park will take place at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor of the John(…)

Hyde Park Actor receives award

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Allen Gilmore is the recipient of a $25,000 unrestricted grant, awarded by 3Arts, an organization supporting local artists-especially women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities. As part of its 8th annual 3Arts Awards, the organization is awarding 10 Chicago artists, with an emphasis in teaching,(…)

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, announced his resignation from his cabinet position. The Hyde Park native plans to return to Chicago when he steps down in December, according The White House communications department. Prior to his national appointment as secretary of education, Duncan was the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago(…)

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ginger Mance, a lawyer, author and now artist, has been chosen as artist of the month for October at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. From Oct. 1 – 31, Mance’s work, compiled into an exhibit titled “Chakra Art, Dance of the Soul,” will be on display at(…)