Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over a dozen police cars cordoned off a section of the 5100 block of South Drexel Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, following a shooting involving two on-duty Cook County Sheriff’s Department deputies. At approximately 3:50 p.m. in the 800 block of East Drexel Square Drive, according to police, two Cook County(…)

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started out as a back-to-school event has turned into an anticipated celebration that families and future book lovers look forward to every year. The Children’s Book Fair returns for its 29th year at the Downtown Hyde Park Fest on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The(…)

Hyde Park Trolley so far unsuccessful

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On “Black Friday,” November 28, 2014, Special Service Area (SSA) Hyde Park initiated a trolley service that ran for five consecutive weekends, traveling along 53rd Street between Hyde Park Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue. The project was created to gauge interest in a permanent Hyde Park trolley that would offer transportation(…)

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In response to the hunger strikers claims at yesterday’s press conference, Ald. Will Burns (4th) has shared some of his insight into the fight for Dyett. “There is a strategic element for the fight for Dyett High School,” Burns said. “The fight is not about whether the school will be(…)

Travis challenges Mitchell again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After a failed bid for public office in 2014, community organizer Jay Travis has once again announced her candidacy for Ill. State Rep. of the 26th District, a position currently held by Christian Mitchell. Mitchell edged past Travis in the 2014 Democratic Primary with a surplus of 556 votes, a(…)

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The last weekend of September will see thousands of jazz fans flocking to Hyde Park for the ninth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Chicago’s finest jazz musicians will decorate the stages of various Hyde Park venues over the course of the free, two-day event. Perhaps the most anticipated concert of(…)

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group of Hyde Park women have shown ultimate girl power by proving that working hard does pay off. Lionel Pate, certified personal trainer of Sophisticated Movement, trained 25 women, all in their 50s, for 8 months in preparation for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to become a Chicago(…)

Renaissance Society celebrates its centennial

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In 1915, a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) academics came together to expose progressive art to benefit the community. The Renaissance Society still exists 100 years later with the same goal of giving artists a platform for breaking the boundaries of contemporary art in the present moment.(…)

Parade performance set for Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The hype for the 9th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is starting to settle in the community, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Mikel Patrick Avery is planning a performance piece that is sure to blow the crowds away while staying true to the music that makes up Chicago: good(…)

Downtown Hyde Park Fest coming to 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, a fest spotlighting Hyde Park for the people of Hyde Park will take local collaboration to the next level over three days full of fashion, music, family and fun. The Downtown Hyde Park Fest, which wil take place Sept. 18-20, is a unique, first-time event put(…)

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For one month, the Dyett hunger strikers have been fighting for quality education in their community. Even though Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced on Sept. 3 that they would keep Dyett High School open as an arts-based open enrollment neighborhood school, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett does not see CPS’s(…)

Construction worker dies after fall off building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A construction worker died early Monday morning after falling off of the top of a building. A 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. at the City Hyde Park development site, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., according to a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said at this time,(…)

Art center to debut new creative wing at 2015 gala

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will be getting an exciting extension this fall with the opening of the new Guida Family Creative Wing. The wing, which will house artist studios, a learning environment center, digital lab and the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, is set to make its official debut during the(…)

South Side gets trauma center

South Side gets trauma center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An adult level 1 trauma center is coming to the South Side of Chicago. In a statement released Sept. 10, University of Chicago (U. of C.)Medicine stated that it is partnering with Sinai Health System to bring trauma care services to the West Lawn neighborhood’s Holy Cross Hospital, 2701 W.(…)

Annual used book sale coming

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has started to collect donations for its Used Book Sale, which takes place every year on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center courtyard at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable(…)

Original owners of Rainbow Cleaners hands over business

Original owners of Rainbow Cleaners hands over business

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 29 years, Rainbow Cleaners has served the Hyde Park community, but the original owners have sold their business in order to retire. Chin Kee Chung and Hye Sook Chung opened their business on 1648 E. 53rd St. in 1986 and have decided to retire to spend more time with(…)