String of car burglaries hits southeast Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent string of car burglaries in the 5400-5500 blocks of S. Shore Drive has residents in the southeast section of Hyde Park on high alert. Since Sept. 11, there have been seven reported incidents of vehicle break-ins spanning these two blocks. The incidents are as follows: Friday, Sept. 11,(…)

U. of C. report finds that suspension rates relate to race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a new report from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) racial disparities among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. “A subset of Chicago schools-about a quarter of high schools and 10 percent of schools with middle grades-have very high suspension(…)

Water Shut off for 53rd Street Wednesday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Department of Water Management has issued a water shut off notice in the Hyde Park area. The water shut off will be in effect tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later. The area that will be affected by the water shut off is(…)

Hyde Park robberies warrant notice

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Second District police are warning Hyde Park residents to stay vigilant in the wake of three armed robberies that took place over the course of four days recently. According to the police reports, the offenders approached the victims on the street, brandished a handgun and confiscated property. Dates and locations(…)

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett addressed their 34-day hunger strike at a press conference on Monday evening. A group of parents and community members, who became known as the “Dyett 12,” ended their hunger strike on Saturday, Sept. 19. The hunger strikers began their strike to speak out(…)

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

The 12 members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, who went on a hunger strike to keep Dyett High School an open-enrollment community school, have ended their fast, according to the Teachers for Social Justice website. The members, who began on Aug. 17, concluded their hunger strike on Sept. 19 after 34 days of fasting.(…)

Local girl goes missing

By Sam Rappaport Chicago Police are reporting that Fifteen-year-old Mikaylah Martin is missing from the 5700 block of South Prairie Avenue. The last contact made with Martin was on Sept. 17. She is Black with brown eyes and brown hair, standing 5’1″ and weighing 170 lbs. Martin is known to frequent the areas around 57th(…)

Rajun Cajun revamps

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rajun Cajun, 1459 E. 53rd St., reopened Thursday, Sept. 17, after being closed since July 3 for interior restorations. New tables, seating, lighting, tiles and wood paneling give the small, Indian cafe a sleek appearance. Rajun Cajun’s long-time owner Trushar Patel said that the recent work was prompted by a(…)

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over a dozen police cars cordoned off a section of the 5100 block of South Drexel Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, following a shooting involving two on-duty Cook County Sheriff’s Department deputies. At approximately 3:50 p.m. in the 800 block of East Drexel Square Drive, according to police, two Cook County(…)

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started out as a back-to-school event has turned into an anticipated celebration that families and future book lovers look forward to every year. The Children’s Book Fair returns for its 29th year at the Downtown Hyde Park Fest on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The(…)

Hyde Park Trolley so far unsuccessful

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On “Black Friday,” November 28, 2014, Special Service Area (SSA) Hyde Park initiated a trolley service that ran for five consecutive weekends, traveling along 53rd Street between Hyde Park Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue. The project was created to gauge interest in a permanent Hyde Park trolley that would offer transportation(…)

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In response to the hunger strikers claims at yesterday’s press conference, Ald. Will Burns (4th) has shared some of his insight into the fight for Dyett. “There is a strategic element for the fight for Dyett High School,” Burns said. “The fight is not about whether the school will be(…)

Travis challenges Mitchell again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After a failed bid for public office in 2014, community organizer Jay Travis has once again announced her candidacy for Ill. State Rep. of the 26th District, a position currently held by Christian Mitchell. Mitchell edged past Travis in the 2014 Democratic Primary with a surplus of 556 votes, a(…)

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The last weekend of September will see thousands of jazz fans flocking to Hyde Park for the ninth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Chicago’s finest jazz musicians will decorate the stages of various Hyde Park venues over the course of the free, two-day event. Perhaps the most anticipated concert of(…)

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group of Hyde Park women have shown ultimate girl power by proving that working hard does pay off. Lionel Pate, certified personal trainer of Sophisticated Movement, trained 25 women, all in their 50s, for 8 months in preparation for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to become a Chicago(…)

Renaissance Society celebrates its centennial

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In 1915, a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) academics came together to expose progressive art to benefit the community. The Renaissance Society still exists 100 years later with the same goal of giving artists a platform for breaking the boundaries of contemporary art in the present moment.(…)

Parade performance set for Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The hype for the 9th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is starting to settle in the community, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Mikel Patrick Avery is planning a performance piece that is sure to blow the crowds away while staying true to the music that makes up Chicago: good(…)

Downtown Hyde Park Fest coming to 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, a fest spotlighting Hyde Park for the people of Hyde Park will take local collaboration to the next level over three days full of fashion, music, family and fun. The Downtown Hyde Park Fest, which wil take place Sept. 18-20, is a unique, first-time event put(…)

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For one month, the Dyett hunger strikers have been fighting for quality education in their community. Even though Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced on Sept. 3 that they would keep Dyett High School open as an arts-based open enrollment neighborhood school, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett does not see CPS’s(…)

Construction worker dies after fall off building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A construction worker died early Monday morning after falling off of the top of a building. A 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. at the City Hyde Park development site, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., according to a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said at this time,(…)