Afternoon power outage affects majority of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At approximately 2 p.m. a “wildlife contact” caused a power outage that affected over 5,000 local residents. According to ComEd spokesperson, John Schoen, a squirrel got into a piece of equipment, which caused the outage. The power outage effected as far south as 59th Street up to 53rd Street and(…)

Willie Pickens leads open jam session at Hyde Park Union Church

Willie Pickens leads open jam session at Hyde Park Union Church

– Photo courtesy of Urban Aspirations By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A jam session featuring young jazz students and Hyde Park’s own Willie Pickens will take place at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, on Thursday, June 9. The event is one of many performances coordinated by Urban Aspirations, an inner city performing(…)

Artwork of Little Black Pearl students featured at the Union League Club

Artwork of Little Black Pearl students featured at the Union League Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., had the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a real gallery setting in collaboration with the Union League Club of Chicago. For the second year in a row, the partnership between the two has focused on(…)

CPS students play soccer on the Midway this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students from grades 2nd – 4th grade will participate in the Urban Initiatives 4th Annual Work to Play Cup at Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 S. Midway Plaisance, Saturday, June 4. Students from 41 CPS schools will participate in Saturday’s event, which will take place(…)

Metra says safety concerns prompted tree-cutting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over the past couple of weeks, Metra crews have been clearing away trees along Hyde Park’s railway embankment on Lake Park Avenue from 47th Street to 51st Street. Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the work, first prompted by a request from the City of Chicago, is a result of safety(…)

New building planned for corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue

New building planned for corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Ranquist Development Group is planning to build a new four-story residential building at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The site is currently a 55-space parking lot on the Northeast corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue. The new development, which will be designed by Northworks Architects + Planners,(…)

Budget cuts and staff layoffs at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Budget cuts at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) are threatening the positions of administrative staff. Willemien Otten, a theology professor and head of the U. of C. chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said that academic division heads are being hit with budget reductions by about(…)

City finds high level of lead contamination in water of Hyde Park home

A Hyde Park home on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue was one of two homes in Chicago that exceeded federal limits of lead contamination in its water, according to a report released by the Chicago Department of Water Management. The owners of the Hyde Park home, which was one out of 85 homes(…)

String of May burglaries along Lake Shore Drive

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the span of one week toward the end of May, four burglaries occurred in the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Police sent out a community alert, Thursday, June 2, that said in each of the instances, offenders gained entry into an apartment through(…)

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over 100 South Side residents crowded into a small event room at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., on Tuesday, May 31, hoping to get clarity on future projects slated for Jackson Park. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called the meeting in response to a growing number of community(…)

Free MSI visits for Illinois residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois residents can explore the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., free of charge from now until Friday, June 3, and again next week from Monday, June 6, until Wednesday, June 8. The MSI currently has the “Brick by Brick” Lego model exhibit, a Coal(…)

Missing Hyde Park woman found

Missing Hyde Park woman found

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman who went missing last week has been safely located, according to law enforcement. Tanya Martin, 45, went missing last Wednesday, May 25, from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive. Police issued a statement on Wednesday, June 1, saying that Martin had been safely located,(…)

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer All 516 students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., participated in a rally on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, as part of the 20 for 20 campaign hosted by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS students are 20 percent of the state’s total enrollment and the families and(…)

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a 49-year education career, St. Thomas the Apostle School principal, Candace Scheidt, will retire at the end of June. Scheidt will be replaced by current assistant principal, Tim Gallo, but is confident he will continue the work she has implemented at the school over her five years of leading(…)

Concert focuses on quality through music

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, June 5, the Cantate Chicago choir will perform a special concert at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The performance is entitled, “Walk Together,” and will focus on racial understanding and reconciliation from a wide selection of African American spirituals. Benjamin Rivera, the director of the(…)

4th on 53rd volunteer spotlight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Believe it or not, the 4th of July is a little over four weeks away, and the volunteers for the 4th on 53rd Parade are getting ready to put together one of the biggest events of the year in Hyde Park. The 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade will take(…)

Interactive timeline created

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at gardenofthephoenix.org, was created by Project 120(…)

Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns for season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Downtown Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns this Thursday, June 2, at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The farmer’s market will run every Thursday through Oct. 27 and will consist of 17 vendors selling in-season fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, herbs and other(…)

Chance the Rapper visits U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rapper Chancelor Bennett, known primarily by his stage name of “Chance the Rapper,” will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Wednesday, June 1. The event, which is titled “Chance the Rapper and the Art of Activism,” is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and will(…)

Tuesday morning robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A robbery involving three unknown suspects and a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student occurred early in the morning on Tuesday, May 31. According to a U. of C. security alert, at about 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, a student was walking eastbound on 56th Street, near University Avenue, when he(…)