Chicago police warn of robberies on Harper Avenue

The Chicago Police Department report that two robberies have taken place on Harper Avenue in the past week. In these incidents, the offenders threatened the victims with violence and made off with personal belongings. The first incident occurred on May 23 in the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue at 10:24 p.m. The second incident(…)

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded the recent announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. On May 12, the same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a(…)

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte and Ray elementary schools will be graduating their first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years. After the phase-out of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., in 2013, both Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were designated as welcoming(…)

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Editor’s note: Among food enthusiast communities, Hyde Park offers unique dining experiences that deserve a spotlight. While communities throughout Chicago, like Pilsen and Wicker Park, have been lauded by food critics around the country, food reviewers have been slow to warm up to Hyde Park’s emerging food scene. In the Food for Thought Series, the Hyde(…)

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Louise McCurry, president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), is looking to involve artist Indira Johnson in an effort to revitalize the Iowa Building. The collaboration has not yet been officially announced for the storied site, located near the intersection of South Everett Avenue and 56th Street. Both Johnson(…)

Today and tomorrow, Cream Co.’s plants are for a song – or a poem

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago-based artist collective Cream Co. will give out 2,000 tomato seedlings and 1,000 flowers in exchange for poems this week. The exchange–which began today–will continue through tomorrow at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Participants are invited to read a poem in exchange for allium flowers and 14 varieties(…)

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation officially announced last week that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago. This past Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the(…)

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vue53 construction will be done by July of next year, according to developers. Plans for the building were presented at a 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council meeting last Monday at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Construction on Vue53 began earlier this month, after residents fought unsuccessfully for more than(…)

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based school for children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs is surveying parents to assess the need to add a second location on the North Side of Chicago. City Elementary Chicago, a K-3 school which opened in September inside of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

South Side businesses anticipate economic impact of Obama library

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The news of the Presidential Library coming to the South Side had some Chicagoans emotionally moved in the same way as when the first African American president was elected into the country’s highest office. “Bringing the Presidential Library to the South Side is a step in the right direction of(…)

Chicago Free School finding its way

Chicago Free School finding its way

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It’s the beginning of the school day on a foggy Wednesday morning at the Chicago Free School. Students in founder Lauren Beitler’s 3-5 grade class sit around several desks that have been pushed together to discuss plans for Thursday and Friday. Each one writes down the ingredients they plan(…)

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results of the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) second survey on 57th Street were revealed last week. They were shared last Monday, May 4, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., where around 25 Hyde Parkers joined SECC Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to(…)

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School’s new middle school humanities classes are helping teachers and students obtain academic honors. Sarah Campbell, Shira Friedman-Parks, Isabel Kucher, Bina Wilens, Zoe Weiner and Sarah Winitzer, 7th graders at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., had a successful round at the Regional History Fair in Springfield,(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council to host fundraiser Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will host a fundraiser this Sunday, May 17, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive. The fundraiser, entitled “Sundae in the Park with JPAC,” will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a historical presentation on the(…)

Civic leaders, politicians gather in South Shore for Obama Library announcement

Civic leaders, politicians gather in South Shore for Obama Library announcement

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation announced officially that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the University of(…)

Decision to place Obama Library on South Side to be officially announced this afternoon

The Barack Obama Foundation will officially announce at noon its decision to place the presidential library on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation shared its decision in a prepared statement this morning, accompanied by a video from the first couple. President Obama said in the video that the library would “attract the world to Chicago,” adding,(…)