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(…)

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer David Axelrod visited The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 3, for a conversation with John Bouman, President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Shriver Center members and donors made up the small crowd that listened to Axelrod recount tales from his journey from Hyde Park(…)

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

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(…)

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Two fatal shootings within one week leave Kenwood residents alarmed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small memorial for Tyris Jackson, Kenwood’s most recent casualty to gun violence, currently stands in the narrow, grass field that dissects the street in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard. Empty tequila bottles and burned-down candles surround the base of a tree on which two posters and three(…)

Saving the stray cats of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The feline friends of Hyde Park have a place to go other than neighborhood streets, thanks to the work of Hyde Park Cats. Since 2008, Hyde Park Cats (HPC) have taken care of outdoor cats either by aiding in their health, or helping them become adopted into caring homes. Ruth(…)

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 8:15 a.m., students of the Chicago Free School, which is a private, democratically-run school serving grades pre-k through 8th, huddled on the steps of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Lauren Beitler, the school’s founder, greeted students and parents as they arrived. This is Chicago Free(…)

Kenwood Academic Center has first day in new building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Today was the first day of the school year for many Chicago students, but it was also the first time that Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center would be run in its own building. Kenwood’s 7th and 8th graders will now matriculate in what was once Canter Middle School building,(…)

Ancona outdoor learning space not quite ready for use

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One look at Ancona School’s outdoor learning space, and it seems the project is far from completion with dirt piles and half built structures. According to Ari Frede, the Head of the School, the three part playground will not be accessible for tomorrow’s first day of school, but the project(…)

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A decision for Dyett has been made, but for the twelve hunger strikers, the fight isn’t over. On the 19th day of the hunger strike, a day after CPS announced that Dyett will be an arts-based open enrollment school, the hunger strikers held a press conference on the front lawn(…)

Reginald Sanson Funeral

Reginald Sanson Funeral

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and family members gathered at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St., on Friday morning for the funeral of Reginald Sanson. On Aug. 25, Sanson was shot to death in his car at 1500 E. 50th St. The case is unsolved, with no suspects in custody. Hundreds(…)

Dyett decision made

Dyett decision made

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Dyett dominates budget forum

Dyett dominates budget forum

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a three-stop tour, Mayor Rahm Emanuel came to the South Side last night for his 2016 Budget Forum to an unsettled crowd. The meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr. Even before the meeting started, the main topic(…)

Hunger strikers turn to federal government to make a change

Strikers take Dyett demands to D.C.   BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   Hunger strikers Jitu Brown and April Stogner made their way to Washington, D.C. this afternoon to urge federal action on Dyett High School.   “We are not begging anymore, we are demanding,” Stogner said over a live Periscope podcast of the press(…)

Designer brings “pop-in” shop to Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fashionistas will have the opportunity to rack up on clothing from Chicago-based designer, Jermikko Shoshanna, during her Labor Day weekend “pop-in” in Hyde Park. Shoshanna describes her visit as a “pop-in” shop as opposed to a pop up shop because she will be taking over the Anastasia Boutique, 1500 E.(…)