Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Like many other Hyde Parkers, Carolyn Rhodes wanted to try Harper Court’s newest restaurant, Porkchop. But when she went, she couldn’t get in. “There’s no handicap door, no sign — not there. I waited,” said Rhodes, who uses a wheelchair. “I waited for someone, even from the outside to come(…)

U. of C. puts in Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago was one of a handful of organizations to submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library last week. The university emphasized its connections with area nonprofits, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, XS Tennis and the Boys & Girls Club. The university(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools. “I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery(…)

Pop-up boutique Sir and Madame to leave Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sir and Madame, 1420 E. 53rd St., will close this Sunday to make way for a new pop-up. The Ukranian Village-based retailer’s Hyde Park pop-up was slated to close in March, according to co-owner and neighborhood resident Autumn Merritt. Instead, it stayed open for nine months before announcing its closure(…)

Harvard School reunion this weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Harvard St. George private school is launching an all-school reunion this week. The event includes a multitude of activities that will take place between June 20 and 22. Highlights include an All-Star Reunion celebration of dinner, open bar, dancing, special presentations and a live performance by the Chi-Lites. The(…)

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The issue of race dominated discussions during the principal search this year at Ray Elementary School. While the local school council (LSC) and principal screening committee (PSC) both stand by the colorblind approach they used to select finalists, parents kept the issue of race in the forefront of the(…)

Locals rally to save Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a rally at the high school Thursday evening. The group also marched to the home of Ald. Will Burns (4th) in protest of his response to their plan for the school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) voted to phase out(…)

Program at Kozminski Elementary puts films into focus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The International Children’s Media Center recently hosted an interactive screening of short children’s films for parents and students who participated in the center’s My First Media program at Kozminski Elementary School. During the screening families saw 10 short films from eight countries. The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) is(…)