Kenwood assistant principal recognized by Illinois State Treasurer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five(…)

Elected school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was one(…)

LEGO structures on display at MSI

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An exhibit exploring the key principles of engineering, construction and architecture through dozens of LEGO-built structures will open next week at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The exhibit, titled “Brick by Brick,” will include a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam–made with 42,000(…)

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Fifth Third Bank at 1420 E. 53rd St. was robbed on Wednesday, March 2. According to the FBI, the suspected offender is the same man responsible for having robbed five other Chicago banks since Jan. 13. The FBI has dubbed the man the “Pinball Bandit” for the frequency and(…)

Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)

Theater: Thornton Wilder and the Hyde Park Connection

by Anne Spiselman Everybody knows that Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” which starts performances at Goodman Theatre on March 5 starring Kristine Nielsen as Dolly Gallagher Levi, was the inspiration for the musical, “Hello, Dolly!” What fewer people realize is that the idea for the play “germinated” in Hyde Park. At least that’s the story according(…)

Authors discuss money in politics at Seminary Co-op

Authors discuss money in politics at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Authors Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman stopped by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Tuesday, March 1, to discuss big money’s suffocating grip on our nation’s democracy. In their new book, “Nation On The Take,” Potter and Penniman illustrate an American government that is controlled, at every level,(…)

Ancien Cycles welcomed into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood last night with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015, the most recent post on Feb. 20. In(…)

Kenwood loses two staff members in more budget cuts from CPS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced yesterday that on top of $120 million in budget cuts and layoffs in the administrative department so far this year, that even more layoffs will have to be made, including teachers. CPS will cut 62 employees including 17 teachers. Due to the cuts, Kenwood Academy(…)

DuSable kicks off series on race and the media

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a panel of acclaimed Black filmmakers and musicians on Friday, March 11, for a discussion on race and the entertainment business. The event is titled “Hollywood Comes to the Du.” It will be moderated by CBS reporter,(…)

Community says farewell to Michael McGuire, Supreme Jewelers

Community says farewell to Michael McGuire, Supreme Jewelers

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community members gathered today to celebrate Michael McGuire, the owner of Supreme Jewelers, on his 56 years of serving the Hyde Park neighborhood. McGuire will be retiring and closing the storefront, 1515 E. 53rd St., on March 26, but before he shuts his door for the last time, Hyde Park(…)

Shrine Saved

Shrine Saved

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., has staved off the demolition of its church home. On Sunday Feb. 28, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that it had deeded the fire-ravaged property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, who’s congregation, with the(…)

Parking still a concern for 53rd St. boutique hotel

Parking still a concern for 53rd St. boutique hotel

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As plans for the proposed 53rd St. boutique hotel become more defined, developers attempt to ease the parking concerns of Hyde Park residents. At a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, at which Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the boutique hotel developers fielded questions from neighborhood residents, anxieties were once(…)

Bernie Sanders makes intimate visit to U. of C.

Bernie Sanders makes intimate visit to U. of C.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students were “feeling the bern,” Feb. 24, when Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stopped by the campus for the second time during his campaign. The private, invite-only event was for university students only and was for a live taping of MSNBC’s College Hardball(…)

Diversity job fair on Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Saturday, Feb. 27, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is hosting a job fair aimed at teachers, staff and administrators of color interested in careers at independent schools. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon at Gordon Parks Arts Hall, 5815 S. Kimbark Ave. Latin School of Chicago and(…)

Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic changes ownership

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 35 years, Dr. Thomas Wake has served Hyde Park residents at the Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic. Wake recently announced that he and Dr. Marcia Hutchings will be turning over the business to Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Joe Whalen. Williams, the medical director at the clinic, has(…)

Historic property near the potential Obama library site is on sale

Historic property near the potential Obama library site is on sale

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The historic Chicago Orphan Asylum Building, 5120 S. King Dr., is up for sale, and it’s catching the attention of out-of-state hotel corporations, according to the property’s realtor Ebonie Caldwell. The three story, 55,000 square foot building, which is currently being used by The Chicago Baptist Institute, sits directly across(…)

Apartment fire injures one

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A high-rise apartment fire on Tuesday night in Hyde Park left one person injured, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.  At approximately 10:30 p.m., the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the 10th floor of the 17-story residential building at 5421 S. Cornell Ave. (…)

Farmer’s Market to add musicians for 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Special Service Area (SSA) is looking for live musicians to spice up the shopping atmosphere during the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market 2016 market season, this Spring. “Last year we had a few musicians perform unannounced on an informal basis, and it was a great addition to the ambiance of(…)