Christmas Eve events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The countdown to Christmas is in single digits, and if you haven’t made plans for Christmas Eve yet, two events in Hyde Park will get you in the holiday spirit. On Thursday, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., holds its traditional Christmas service beginning at 4 p.m. Carols(…)

HPKCAC questions its future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) meets once a month to discuss area schools and the current issues. However, the council is having its own issues with attendance and commitment at their meetings. The council was created almost two years ago, and the eight HPKCAC members that were at(…)

La Rabida benefits from Michael Jordan settlement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of the $8.9 million awarded to Michael Jordan this past summer when a jury ruled that a 2009 Dominick’s advertisement unlawfully used the legendary athlete’s name. Jordan announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, that he would be donating the settlement money to 23(…)

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a surprising turn of events, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced Thursday morning that it will construct an adult level one trauma care center on its Hyde Park campus. The decision deviates from the university’s previous intentions of partnering with Sinai Health System to bring a center to Holy(…)

Watch the debate with aldermen

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The third Democratic debate takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19 and Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th) are hosting a viewing party. The debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley will begin at 7 p.m. The Aldermen’s debate viewing will be(…)

Man’s body pulled from Jackson Park Lagoon

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Marine Unit pulled the body of an unidentified 20-30 year old man out of Jackson Park’s West Lagoon Saturday, Dec. 12. The corpse was recovered after law enforcement officials responded to a call from the 5800 block of S. Cornell Ave. at 9:30 a.m. that(…)

Incident of public indecency in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After an unidentified man inappropriately exposed himself to a teenage girl on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the 4700 block of S. Ellis Ave., 2nd District police issued a community alert to resident of Hyde Park and Kenwood. The incident took place at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, as the teenager was walking(…)

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park lost a long-time community member and passionate teacher Monday Dec. 7. Jane Averill passed away after her battle with cancer. Averill was a pre-K teacher at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., from 2001 until April of this year when she retired. Inside her classroom, room 413,(…)

Project 120 update

Project 120 update

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Cultural Center, 50 E. Washington St., hosted a lecture on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, that focused on the history and future of the city’s South Side parks. The discussion, titled “The South Parks: An American Story,” was led by Bob Karr, president of Project 120, the non-profit organization(…)

State legislators call for expanded DOJ investigation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th), state Rep. Christian Mitchell (26th) and the remaining 30 members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to expand the scope of its patterns and practices investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The ILBC penned a(…)

Red Mango closed

Red Mango closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a year of a half in the neighborhood, Red Mango’s Harper Court location, 5221 S. Harper Ct., has closed permanently. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the owner of Red Mango made the decision to close the weekend of Nov. 28. No details about the reason(…)

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Union Church is hosting a free holiday concert this weekend. Hyde Park’s Le Cantanti Di Chicago women’s choir, led by Dhilanthi Fernando will perform at the concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Teachers vote yes to authorize a strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership voted in(…)

Holiday market at the Promontory this weekend

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dozens of South Side food producers and crafters will gather at the Promontory Restaurant, 5311 S. Lake Park, this Sunday, Dec. 20, for the Holiday Edition of the Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers Market. The event, which will take place from 11a.m.-4p.m. in the lounge on the Promontory’s(…)

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Legal scholars and activists convened at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan, Wednesday evening, to discuss the state of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and possible means of reform. The discussion, titled “Truth and Justice for All: Advancing Police and Community Accountability,” consisted of seven panelists, including University of(…)

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Advocates of the #Fight for Dyett campaign have been quiet since the 34-day hunger strike this summer, but the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett has been reflecting on the experience and planning its next steps. During a panel discussion, Thursday, at the University of Chicago building in Harper Court, 5235 S.(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking is available in the Harper Court garage.

How Hyde Parkers shop

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a unique shopping scene with small-owned businesses and strategically revolving developments that make up its retail culture. The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an education seminar this afternoon to help local business owners understand the Hyde Park shopping experience. During the seminar, which took place at(…)

Chicago medical students stage protest, call for Emanuel’s resignation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday morning, medical students from the University of Chicago and Rush University as well as Chicago area nurses and physicians staged a “die-in” in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., to protest the city’s police violence, which, demonstration organizers said, constitutes a public health crises. Medical students who participated(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking will be available.