Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, announced his resignation from his cabinet position. The Hyde Park native plans to return to Chicago when he steps down in December, according The White House communications department. Prior to his national appointment as secretary of education, Duncan was the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago(…)

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ginger Mance, a lawyer, author and now artist, has been chosen as artist of the month for October at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. From Oct. 1 – 31, Mance’s work, compiled into an exhibit titled “Chakra Art, Dance of the Soul,” will be on display at(…)

Fire blazes in Kenwood

Fire blazes in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and thirty firefighters and paramedics battled a fire in the 4800 block of S. Kimbark Avenue. on Thursday morning. The blaze was only one house removed from a set location of the NBC medical drama Chicago MED, which at the time of the fire was filming a scene.(…)

OWL meeting this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) of Hyde Park will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday on Oct. 3. The meeting, which will be held at 1 p.m. in the Community Room in Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., will focus how to lower utility bills. Speaker Jeff Chilsen, Communications Director(…)

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS A local art project that crossed generations will be on display at the Hyde Park Art Center. From Oct. 9-11, “Crosswalks” will be exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Students from various public schools in Chicago and senior residents from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., worked(…)

U. of C. creates institute focused on global conflicts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A $100 million donation from the Pearson Family Foundation has allowed the the University of Chicago (U. of C.)to open a new research institute and global forum focused on addressing today’s new era of global conflicts. The Pearsons are business entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists. Their gift matches the second largest(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer All corners of Hyde Park collided on the Midway Sunday, Sept. 27, to close out a weekend of jazz. The Willie Pickens Quartet played the sun down as jazz festival goers stretched out on blankets and meandered through an avenue of food and clothing vendors. Luke Townsend, a lawyer and(…)

Dyett boundaries topic of discussion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a public hearing Friday evening, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) talked about the proposed boundaries for Dyett. ac The public meeting about Dyett’s boundaries was held at the Chicago Board of Education Chambers, 42 W. Madison St. The proposed areas for Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., include Dr. Martin Luther(…)

Chicago Academy of Music opens in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A new music school with high ambitions and world-renowned instructors has opened in Hyde Park. Founded by jazz percussionist Kahil El’Zabar and entrepreneur Michael Carter Scott, The Chicago Academy of Music is a pre-college conservatory that pairs highly acclaimed musicians with budding youth talent. Its founders said that the conservatory(…)

Community, local officials respond to recent shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community residents and local officials gathered on Monday, Sept. 21, to address a recent Kenwood Park shooting that has left the neighborhood on edge. The meeting, hosted by St. Paul and The Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., focused mostly on the question of how a neighborhood should proceed in(…)

Tenants claim building neglect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Residents of 5327 S. Cornell Ave., a Single Room Housing (SRO) complex geared toward low-income and disabled tenants, are saying that building damages, infestations and mismanagement have made living in the building intolerable. Tracie Harper, along with neighboring tenants, was placed into the complex at 5327 S. Cornell through the(…)

Hyde Park walking history tells neighborhood’s stories

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of Hyde Park goes back long before the Harper Court shops, the high rise apartment buildings and even Lake Park Avenue. Urban renewal has played a huge role in how Hyde Park is today, and continues to do so for the neighborhood’s future. Max Grinnell, an urbanologist, is(…)

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

City Hyde Park releases lease 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(…)

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer During its stay in Chicago, UniverSoul Circus, an interactive show that combines circus arts with musical theater, plans on imparting an important message to local youth: Your Life Matters. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the UniverSoul Circus big top, located in Washington Park at East 51st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue,(…)

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), visited his alma mater, University of Chicago (U. of C.), Monday morning as part of the university’s Institute of Politics Road to 2016 series. Sanders, who graduated from U. of C. in 1964, returned to a packed house, full of mostly U. of(…)

October After Hours at Robie House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be open Friday evenings in October, offering an opportunity for those interested in Wright’s Prairie-style masterpiece to view the building in a different light. October After Hours at Frederick C. Robie House will take place from 5p.m. –(…)

Here comes the Jazz Fest

Here comes the Jazz Fest

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After much anticipation, the 9th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival has finally arrived. Hyde Park will be filled with two days of music on 14 stages in 12 different venues around the neighborhood. Vibraphonist Justefan will kick off Saturday’s music on the Midway with a performance from the Wagner Stage(…)

Hyde Park Shopping Center hosts arts fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A busy weekend of jazz music, literature celebrations and yard sales in Hyde Park can now add art fair to the bill of things to do the first weekend of fall. The Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, is hosting the 20th annual art fair on(…)

Dyett principal chosen, boundary decisions to be made

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday, Sept. 24, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the new principal to lead Dyett High School when it reopens as an arts-focused open enrollment school next fall. Beulah McLoyd, formerly the principal at Austin neighborhood school Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, 5101 W. Harrison St., will take on(…)

Medical students rally for single-payer health care

by SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Oct. 1, students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine will join thousands of other medical students across the country in rallying for universal, single-payer health care reform. The event is called TenOne Medicare-for-All National Student Day of Action and is being organized by Students for a(…)