Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Major changes may be in the works for 57th Street. A public meeting to discuss the possibilities will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The South East Chicago Commission and Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office have been circulating a survey via(…)

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School is expanding its learning experiences to the outdoors with a community garden, which is expected to be complete by June. Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, will create a 2,000-square-foot community garden on(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)

Strive Tutoring benefit is this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer If Strive Tutoring exceeds its fundraising goal this year, it will be able to expand its program and help chip away at the number of students on its waiting list. “We’re hoping to raise additional funds to go towards that expansion,” said Angela Paranjape, executive director. “We have a waitlist(…)

Hyde Parkers to remember Andrew Patner at Thursday discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a panel discussion this Thursday in memory of acclaimed classical music broadcaster and critic Andrew Patner, who grew up here. The April 9 discussion, entitled “Andrew Patner: Hyde Park Memories,” will take place 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529(…)

Two Dyett plans submitted to CPS

By Daschell Phillips Staff Writer The Bronzeville-based Coalition to Revitalize Dyett and Kenwood-based Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center submitted proposals Monday in response to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) request for proposals to operate a new school in the Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett submitted its long-time plan for(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two Hyde Park politicians split on mayoral endorsements this week. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) came out in support of incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) backed opponent Jesus Chuy Garcia. Hairston’s campaign announced her support for Garcia in a brief e-mail Wednesday night, followed by a(…)

Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston endorses Chuy Garcia for mayor

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has endorsed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor. The announcement came late Wednesday night in an e-mail from Hairston’s campaign manager Delmarie Cobb. In a prepared statement, Hairston cited the long vacancy at the former Dominicks site in South shore as her reason. “It’s been 16 months since Dominick’s announced it was(…)

Nature in focus at new Hyde Park Art Center show

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “So what is this?” artist Diane Jaderberg asked in a studio at the Hyde Park Art Center, drawing attention to her small, unfinished clay sculpture not quite resembling a seashell nor a coral reef. The untitled work is an example of what she calls her “abstract organic forms,” which she(…)

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the Chicago Park District has plans to redo much of the lakefront from 45th to 51st streets, some Hyde Parkers want to take extra steps to protect the natural resources that are a little harder to see. Greg Lane swims in the lake every day even through the winter.(…)

At the Hyde Park Art Center, it’s a matter of timecapsules

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center is inviting the public to contribute to a time capsule, as part of a planned expansion. The time capsule — scheduled to open on Hyde Park Art Center’s (HPAC) 100th anniversary — will be located in its new Guida Family Creative Wing. HPAC will break(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In her first public meeting since last month’s election, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) shared plans to create four new advisory councils. Hairston invited constituents to join the new groups last Tuesday at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Their focuses will include the 71st/Stony Island TIF, zoning along 71st(…)

Israeli music coming to K.A.M. synagogue Sunday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host a symphonic youth band from Israel on April 5. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature 55 Israeli musicians between 12 and 18 years old. The K’far Vradim symphonic youth band will stop at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.,(…)

Do Not Submit open mic storytelling series to kick off this year in Hyde Park Friday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Annual North Side storytelling open mic “Do Not Submit” is expanding across the city — including to Hyde Park. “Do Not Submit” started in 2012 in Wrigleyville and took place last year in Lakeview’s Powells Books, before it closed. This year’s expansion is an effort to get Chicagoans beyond the(…)