Local innovations featured during Chicago Ideas Week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Innovative structures in Hyde Park and nearby South Side neighborhoods were featured during the 5th Annual Chicago Ideas Week. Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) partners with innovative businesses and venues to get ideas rolling across the city. Each year 156 events are scheduled across the city including workshops, discussions, parties and(…)

Kenwood School Fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s big homecoming is on Friday, and to kick it off, there will be a fundraiser party with live entertainment at The Promontory tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will benefit the school directly, and all proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go(…)

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Driving near the corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and South Lake Park Avenue has been an eye sore since the construction of the City Hyde Park development began. A drive past the corner now, however, results in eye-catching artwork by local artist Joel Maxime, Jr. Maxime began to display his(…)

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, spoke at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. on Oct. 8. “This is the biggest stage I’ve been on in Chicago,” said Muhammad, a South side native who also(…)

New Dyett principal ready to move school forward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beulah McLoyd will fill the position of principal of Dyett High School starting the 2016-2017 school year. McLoyd has been an educator in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school system for 15 years and resides in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Prior to leading Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., she was the(…)

Burns argues against charter school moratorium

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The resolution calls on the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Board of Education to halt charter school growth for the 2015-16 school year. The resolution has been signed by(…)

Hyde Parkers’ view of gangs challenged by activists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the past few months, violence edging into the confines of Hyde Park has left residents questioning how to take action. At a community meeting on Sept. 21, held in response to an Aug. 25 shooting that killed a man in the 1500 block of E. Dorchester Avenue, Hyde Park(…)

Where to watch tonight’s Democratic debate in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer There are two viewing parties in Hyde Park tonight for those who want to learn more about the candidates who plan to run as democrats in the 2016 presidential election. The Cove Lounge, 1750 E. 55th St., and at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., will(…)

U. of C. announces new law school dean

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thomas J. Miles has been chosen as the new dean of the University of Chicago Law School. Miles succeeds Michael H. Schill, who recently became president of the University of Oregon. Miles has served on the law school faculty since 2005. His new appointment as dean begins November 1. “Tom(…)

Community rallies for resurrection

Community rallies for resurrection

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An historic Woodlawn church that suffered severe structural damage after a fire engulfed the building last week is rallying a community in efforts to rebuild. In the 4 days since a crowd funding campaign was set up online, benefactors have donated almost $38,000 to Shrine of Christ the King church,(…)

St. Thomas wines and dines

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fall is in full swing, and the St. Thomas the Apostle School is inviting the community to celebrate this colorful season at their Wines and Steins Harvest Festival this Saturday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., will feature 14 wines to(…)

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry is spearheading an effort to restore the area surrounding the Metra tracks between 59th and 60th streets. McCurry, along with Midway Park Advisory Council (MPAC) President Bronwyn Nichols Lodato, met with Metra officials Friday morning to discuss the area, which has fallen(…)

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Hyde Park Wednesday morning to congratulate the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on one year of innovation in the community and its exciting expansions in programming. Rauner spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship when it comes to the economy during the program’s celebration(…)

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Attorney Steven Denny and Muslim community leaders held a press conference in Hyde Park, Thursday afternoon, to address the second set of criminal charges of sexual abuse recently leveled against Abdullah Saleem, former president of the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) in Elgin, Ill. Denny currently represents the four women(…)

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Fire officials cited the spontaneous combustion of oily floor rags as the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that structurally devastated a historic Catholic church in Woodlawn. Late into Wednesday afternoon, firefighters continued to attend to hot spots in the interior of Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401,(…)

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

City Hyde Park reveals 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(…)