St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty, law students and Illinois politicians all crowded into U. of C.’s Harold J. Green Law Lounge, 1111 E. 60th St., Thursday, April 7, to hear President Barack Obama discuss his recent Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Obama, who was a professor of(…)

Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 26th Annual Quilt Show is scheduled for Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Last year was the first time the event was held for two days, and the two-day spread continues this year from noon to 6(…)

Hairston proposes alternative to IPRA

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is forwarding a proposition to abolish the city’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and replace it with what she calls “a truly independent police oversight agency.” Hairston said she would introduce the ordinance at an April 13 City Council meeting. The new agency would be called(…)

CHPV to celebrate neighbors leaving community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The next Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) Drop-In will pay special tribute to four notable residents that are leaving the neighborhood. On Wednesday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., CHPV will honor Michael McGuire of the recently closed Supreme Jewelers,(…)

Obama visit prompts street closures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Due to President Barack Obama’s return to the University of Chicago Law School, Thursday, April 7, there will be several street closures. In a statement released Wednesday, April 6, University of Chicago Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs Marlon Lynch said that the community should be prepared(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets on April 1 protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. on Friday with organized protests and events that lasted throughout(…)

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park this week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Chicago Center celebrates leaders

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture will be celebrating its past and its future at an event at Valois Restaurant on Friday, April 15. The event will highlight the transition of the new Executive Director of the Chicago Center, Emily Nelson Newman, who took over from the previous(…)

Hyde Park developments come at a cost to neighborhood commuters

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park is in the throes of a development boom that will inevitably alter the nature of the neighborhood. While some have pointed to the economic growth as an opportunity to fashion Hyde Park into an attractive destination, many residents are wary of the consequences that developments will have on(…)

Two teenagers in custody after string of robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police, in tandem with Chicago Police, arrested two teenage boys, Monday, April 4, just minutes after the two suspects committed an armed robbery in the 6100 block of S. Greenwood Ave. at 10:20 p.m. The suspects were charged with robbery by handgun and are(…)

Collaborative art commissions through the Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is expanding its diverse artwork into people’s homes through a collaborative and ongoing art commission project. The “Not Just Another Pretty Face” project commissions artwork from HPAC artists to organizations or those who are interested in unique and personalized artwork for their home. What(…)

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The long-awaited Hyde Park Taco Station, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., will have a soft opening later today and will have an official opening later this week. Owner Edgar Vasquez said he is shooting for Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8 for the taco joint’s doors to officially open. The restaurant(…)

Al Klinger invites Hyde Park to his birthday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long-time Hyde Park resident Al Klinger is inviting everyone and anyone that’s interested to his 90th birthday party, on May 15, at Regent’s Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. Before retiring in 1999, Klinger worked as a physician in Hyde Park for over three decades. He was also instrumental in(…)