Shots fired near Kenwood Academy High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The occupants of a vehicle driving in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue opened fire on a passing car at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday, March 10, according to a Kenwood Academy High School spokeswoman, who did not wish to be named. The spokeswoman said that the school’s in-house(…)

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Darrel Hackett has been named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. According to Savoy Magazine, the award puts Hackett on “the definitive list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership.” Hackett, a neighborhood(…)

Street closing

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) announced, Thursday, March 10, that Hyde Park Boulevard between 51st Street and 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue between 51st Street and 53rd Street will be closed from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., Saturday, March 19, so that helicopters can safely lift utility boxes from a building at 5201 S. Cornell Avenue.

CTS president honored

CTS president honored

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, president and associate professor at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St., received the University of Montevallo’s (U. of M.) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Monday, March 7. Hunt is a 1978 graduate of the small Alabama university, where she completed her B.S. in mathematics(…)

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are debuting not one, but two shows this weekend in an exciting two-week run of “Jar the Floor” and “Proof.” David Auburn’s “Proof”, directed by player Paul Baker, and Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor”, directed by Roseland Battle, may be two separate plays and(…)

U. of C. creates institute for urban education

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) is launching a new institute for urban scholarship and education thanks to a $35 million gift from university alumni Joe and Rika Mansueto. Joe Mansueto is the founder and CEO of the investment research firm Morningstar, Inc. University president Robert Zimmer said that(…)

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native, Dr. Quentin Young, who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. Born in 1923, Young lived on the South Side his whole life. His son, Michael Young, said Hyde Park has always been where his roots(…)

U. of C. student organization endorses Mitchell

U. of C. student organization endorses Mitchell

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago student organization Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP) endorsed State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26th), Friday, March 4, on the steps of Levitt Hall, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Mitchell is currently facing community organizer Jay Travis in the battle for the 26th district. Cosmo Albrecht, a CEP representative(…)

Congressman Bobby Rush ready for another term

Congressman Bobby Rush ready for another term

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) is up against three Democrats and two Republicans for yet another election cycle, but to him, it’s just another day on the job that he has held for 23 years. “I’ve been focusing on trying to do my job in Washington while at the same(…)

HP Chamber hosts Ancien Cycles ribbon cutting

HP Chamber hosts Ancien Cycles ribbon cutting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood March 1 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Elected representative school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last Thursday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was(…)

Tricap Residential Group renovates homes in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new property management company that focuses on renovating old buildings into newer spaces has settled in Hyde Park. Tricap Residential Group bought 5501 S. Everett Ave. in August from the Realty & Mortgage management company and began renovations in early October. The renovations are nearing completion, and leasing for(…)

Yoga for the incarcerated

Yoga for the incarcerated

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As criminal justice reform continues to push its way to the forefront of this nation’s political dialogue, some activists are touting yoga as a remedy to the physical and psychological confines of incarceration. On Saturday, March 5, the Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN) hosted a panel discussion at Chaturanga Holistic(…)

Pinball Bandit in custody

Pinball Bandit in custody

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The “Pinball Bandit,” who is thought to be responsible for six Chicago bank robberies since Jan 13., three of which were in Hyde Park, has been apprehended by law enforcement. FBI officials have identified the man as Nashun Langford. According to a statement from FBI Task Force Officer Kevin Pietruszka,(…)

Kenwood assistant principal recognized by Illinois State Treasurer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five(…)

Elected school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was one(…)

LEGO structures on display at MSI

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An exhibit exploring the key principles of engineering, construction and architecture through dozens of LEGO-built structures will open next week at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The exhibit, titled “Brick by Brick,” will include a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam–made with 42,000(…)

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Fifth Third Bank at 1420 E. 53rd St. was robbed on Wednesday, March 2. According to the FBI, the suspected offender is the same man responsible for having robbed five other Chicago banks since Jan. 13. The FBI has dubbed the man the “Pinball Bandit” for the frequency and(…)

Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)

Theater: Thornton Wilder and the Hyde Park Connection

by Anne Spiselman Everybody knows that Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” which starts performances at Goodman Theatre on March 5 starring Kristine Nielsen as Dolly Gallagher Levi, was the inspiration for the musical, “Hello, Dolly!” What fewer people realize is that the idea for the play “germinated” in Hyde Park. At least that’s the story according(…)