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(…)

Fire blazes in Kenwood

Fire blazes in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and thirty firefighters and paramedics battled a fire in the 4800 block of S. Kimbark Avenue. on Thursday morning. The blaze was only one house removed from a set location of the NBC medical drama Chicago MED, which at the time of the fire was filming a scene.(…)

OWL meeting this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) of Hyde Park will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday on Oct. 3. The meeting, which will be held at 1 p.m. in the Community Room in Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., will focus how to lower utility bills. Speaker Jeff Chilsen, Communications Director(…)

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS A local art project that crossed generations will be on display at the Hyde Park Art Center. From Oct. 9-11, “Crosswalks” will be exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Students from various public schools in Chicago and senior residents from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., worked(…)

U. of C. creates institute focused on global conflicts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A $100 million donation from the Pearson Family Foundation has allowed the the University of Chicago (U. of C.)to open a new research institute and global forum focused on addressing today’s new era of global conflicts. The Pearsons are business entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists. Their gift matches the second largest(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer All corners of Hyde Park collided on the Midway Sunday, Sept. 27, to close out a weekend of jazz. The Willie Pickens Quartet played the sun down as jazz festival goers stretched out on blankets and meandered through an avenue of food and clothing vendors. Luke Townsend, a lawyer and(…)

Dyett boundaries topic of discussion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a public hearing Friday evening, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) talked about the proposed boundaries for Dyett. ac The public meeting about Dyett’s boundaries was held at the Chicago Board of Education Chambers, 42 W. Madison St. The proposed areas for Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., include Dr. Martin Luther(…)

Chicago Academy of Music opens in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A new music school with high ambitions and world-renowned instructors has opened in Hyde Park. Founded by jazz percussionist Kahil El’Zabar and entrepreneur Michael Carter Scott, The Chicago Academy of Music is a pre-college conservatory that pairs highly acclaimed musicians with budding youth talent. Its founders said that the conservatory(…)

Community, local officials respond to recent shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community residents and local officials gathered on Monday, Sept. 21, to address a recent Kenwood Park shooting that has left the neighborhood on edge. The meeting, hosted by St. Paul and The Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., focused mostly on the question of how a neighborhood should proceed in(…)

Tenants claim building neglect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Residents of 5327 S. Cornell Ave., a Single Room Housing (SRO) complex geared toward low-income and disabled tenants, are saying that building damages, infestations and mismanagement have made living in the building intolerable. Tracie Harper, along with neighboring tenants, was placed into the complex at 5327 S. Cornell through the(…)

Hyde Park walking history tells neighborhood’s stories

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of Hyde Park goes back long before the Harper Court shops, the high rise apartment buildings and even Lake Park Avenue. Urban renewal has played a huge role in how Hyde Park is today, and continues to do so for the neighborhood’s future. Max Grinnell, an urbanologist, is(…)

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

City Hyde Park releases lease 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(…)

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer During its stay in Chicago, UniverSoul Circus, an interactive show that combines circus arts with musical theater, plans on imparting an important message to local youth: Your Life Matters. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the UniverSoul Circus big top, located in Washington Park at East 51st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue,(…)