New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)

Hunger Strikers to hold candlelight vigil tonight

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the 16th day of the Dyett High School hunger strike, protestors and supporters will join the strikers for a candlelight vigil. The 12 hunger strikers and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett will gather outside of the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., by the DuSable bust at 7:30 p.m.(…)

Arts Bank poised to open

Arts Bank poised to open

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will be getting another structure dedicated to art with the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, but with a focus on collective archives. The Stony Island Arts Bank is set to officially open in October, in the previous location of the Stony Island Trust & Savings(…)

Storied mural re-dedicated

Storied mural re-dedicated

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After 43 years of admirers and three months of restoration, the Under the City Stone mural was officially dedicated on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Caryl Yasko, who was the original muralist, returned to Hyde Park in May to give the mural a much needed paint job. She was overjoyed to see(…)

Local Filmmaker debuts documentary about South Side

Local Filmmaker debuts documentary about South Side

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Cyrus Dowlatshahi cast aside all expectations, four years ago, when he began trekking around Englewood with a camera and aspirations for a feature length film. “Interesting stuff happens all the time,” Dowlatshahi said. “Something would happen, I knew that much going in. I’ve always loved the South Side. It’s a(…)

Dyett strike lands at Little Black Pearl

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the eighth day of the Dyett hunger strike, protestors were weak physically, but their spirits were still high. “While my stomach is empty, my heart is full from the community’s support,” said hunger striker Jeanette Taylor-Ramann. On Monday the strikers, as well as supporters, gathered at Little Black Pearl(…)

One-Act play at Dusable shines new light on two familiar stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This September, journalist and author Janet Langhart Cohen is bringing her one-act play, entitled “Anne and Emmett,” to the Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Pl. The play retraces the histories of Anne Frank and Emmett Till as they recount to one another their experiences of oppression.(…)

Hyde Park homes sharply increasing in value

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An interesting spike has occurred in the Hyde Park housing market this summer, according to a recent real estate report. According to a recent Redfin Chicago Market Tracker report, Hyde Park experienced dramatic price jumps last month. Prices were up 42.7 percent a year over year in July across 170(…)

New Chief for U. of C. police department

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named Fountain L. Walker as their new chief of police. Walker has served as assistant chief of police since 2014 and replaces Marlon Lynch, chief of police since 2009, as the new top cop. In a statement dated Aug. 13, the university’s vice president for operations(…)

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Editor’s note: As the Chicago Public School Board’s hearing for the future of Dyett High School draws near (Sept. 15), education advocacy groups and elected officials express their opinions about the best plan of action for the school.

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Multi-media musician and artist Tovi Khali is bringing the sound and narrative of New Orleans to The Promontory on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with her show entitled “French Quarter Style: A Musical Celebration of Resilience and the Preservation of Ole’ Orleans.” “French Quarter Style” will be performed as a choreopoem, a(…)

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) introduced a piece of legislation, Thursday, Aug. 13, aimed at addressing the underfunding of Illinois public education and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In a press conference Thursday morning, Mitchell, along with state Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9) and Ald. Will Burns (4th), announced the “Fund Education(…)

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A collaborative art project infused two generations together to create art and foster relationships between high school students and the residents at Montgomery Place Retirement Community. Urban Gateways Chicago sponsored Crosswalks, an eight-week art program in which young students were paired with a resident from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore(…)

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A larger-than-life street art installation is taking over Hyde Park with portraits of familiar community members. Hyde Park Heroes features 15 Hyde Parkers as depicted in large-scale banners in various locations around the community. Chris Devins was inspired to explore the identity of the community he has called home his(…)

University closes Reynolds Club Barbershop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On July 17, the University of Chicago permanently closed the doors to the Reynolds Club Barbershop, 5706 S. University Ave, which, for many years, served the haircutting needs of faculty, students and community members alike. In a statement published July 17, the university praised the contributions of the Reynolds Club’s(…)

Farming goes urban in Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Having a successful farm may sound silly in the city of Chicago, but a few places in the Hyde Park area are growing fresh produce in the midst of the urban jungle. In an effort to care for the community’s environment as well as its health, urban gardens are growing(…)