School utilization report finds under enrollment

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski and Reavis elementary schools are two of 313 schools deemed as underutilized based on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) annual report of how its schools are being utilized. According to the report, Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., is utilizing only 40 percent of its space and resources. As of(…)

IOP hosts panel on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Patrick Brutus runs against Bobby Rush for first district

Patrick Brutus runs against Bobby Rush for first district

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 1st Congressional District has had the same congressman, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), for 22 years. Candidate Patrick Brutus said he is trying to change that and push the district he calls home into a better political future. “The reason why I’m deciding to run is simply because I(…)

Vet center continues community aid despite struggles

Vet center continues community aid despite struggles

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Remake The World (RTW) Veteran Center, 5536 S. King Dr., has continued to serve destitute residents of Chicago’s South Side despite being consumed by an effort to correct the 38 building code violations it was hit with by the city early last year. RTW’s Executive Director Arnetha Gholston-Habeel said(…)

New 53rd St. bike shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ancien, a new establishment on 53rd St. that combines a bike shop with a cafe, hopes to officially open its doors for business within the next week. Store owners Chris Dimmick and Scott McIntosh are hoping to offer a comfortable and friendly environment to Hyde Parkers on the go. The(…)

Snow shoveling law now in effect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Winter took a little longer than usual to get here, but there’s no doubt that it’s here now. The City of Chicago placed new regulations for sidewalk snow removal that began Nov. 28, and knowing them could save you a pricey citation. In past years, the fine for residents or(…)

U. of C. signed new MOU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 16, the University of Chicago (U. of C) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will outline the collaborations between the university and its surroundings over the next three years. At a ceremony that took place at the Harold Washington Library downtown, the university and seven other(…)

Climate change weekend at KAMII

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII) is hosting its seventh annual Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Jan. 15-17. KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., has been the site of a blooming urban farm and food forest since 2009. In that time, KAMII has harvested more than 20,000 pounds of produce donated to(…)

Chicago Urban League fields suggestions for new CPD superintendent

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in offering meaningful contributions to discussions surrounding the hiring of a new Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent have a chance to do so next week. The Chicago Urban League (CUL), 4510 S. Michigan Ave., is providing community members the opportunity to address members of the Chicago Police(…)

Annual MLK event at Uchicago

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Monday, Jan. 11, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a week early, at its 26th Annual MLK Celebration. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Van Jones, a CNN contributor and author, will give(…)

Catch Court Theatre’s new show ahead of premiere

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Starting this Thursday, the Court Theatre is offering a preview showing of its newest play, “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” As part of the Louis Armstrong Festival throughout January and February at various locations throughout the city, the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., will begin previewing the performance in the(…)

Oriental Institute hosts lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in garnering some information on the world’s earliest, documented military encounter should visit the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., this Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a presentation by historians Robert Ritner and Theo van den Hout. The event details the Battle of Kadesh, a(…)

Arne Duncan says farewell to secretary position, hello to South Side

Arne Duncan says farewell to secretary position, hello to South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is returning to the neighborhood when he steps down from his role in the cabinet on Friday. Earlier today, Duncan gave his farewell address at St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Pl. Duncan announced he would step down from his position(…)

Local rabbi goes to Washington

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Every year, the president of the United States invites Jewish leaders from across the county to a Hanukkah reception at the White House. This year, Hyde Park Rabbi Yossi Brackman of the Rohr Chabad Center at the University of Chicago made the guest list. In early December, Brackman traveled to(…)

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 2015 saw new businesses adding to neighborhood retail, as well as long-time businesses closing their doors for the last time. This year also saw development on the changing landscape in Hyde Park, but not without debate. From the ground up Developments such as Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., and City(…)

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Big things are happening in Chicago’s South Side Parks. From a presidential library to comprehensive revitalization efforts to Yoko Ono, many substantial changes are underway. Barack Obama Presidential Center At the outset of 2015, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) had just submitted its response to the Barack Obama(…)

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

By ALLISON MATYUS & SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Politicians drop by Hyde Park has a long-standing history for breeding politicians and political figures. This year, some famed political leaders, both past and present, paid the neighborhood a visit. In July, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S.(…)

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Creating art in new ways Forty-three years ago, artist Caryl Yasko created a mural under the viaduct of Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street called “Under the City Stone.” This summer, the mural was restored and repainted with funding from the University of Chicago (U. of C.)(…)

Goals met, new learning spaces built at private schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., said farewell to former school head, Bonnie Wishne, after 35 years at the school. Wishne announced in 2013 that she would retire in 2015. In May, there was an elaborate celebration for Wishne and her legacy with the school, including a party,(…)

Hyde Park public schools rise to challenges in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Bret Harte’s first 8th grade class in 13 years, 31 students total, graduated on June 15. Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., offered a mixed middle school experience to its students this year, where 8th graders traveled from room-to-room as a group or separate for their various(…)