New Chief for U. of C. police department

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named Fountain L. Walker as their new chief of police. Walker has served as assistant chief of police since 2014 and replaces Marlon Lynch, chief of police since 2009, as the new top cop. In a statement dated Aug. 13, the university’s vice president for operations(…)

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Editor’s note: As the Chicago Public School Board’s hearing for the future of Dyett High School draws near (Sept. 15), education advocacy groups and elected officials express their opinions about the best plan of action for the school.

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Multi-media musician and artist Tovi Khali is bringing the sound and narrative of New Orleans to The Promontory on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with her show entitled “French Quarter Style: A Musical Celebration of Resilience and the Preservation of Ole’ Orleans.” “French Quarter Style” will be performed as a choreopoem, a(…)

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) introduced a piece of legislation, Thursday, Aug. 13, aimed at addressing the underfunding of Illinois public education and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In a press conference Thursday morning, Mitchell, along with state Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9) and Ald. Will Burns (4th), announced the “Fund Education(…)

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A collaborative art project infused two generations together to create art and foster relationships between high school students and the residents at Montgomery Place Retirement Community. Urban Gateways Chicago sponsored Crosswalks, an eight-week art program in which young students were paired with a resident from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore(…)

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A larger-than-life street art installation is taking over Hyde Park with portraits of familiar community members. Hyde Park Heroes features 15 Hyde Parkers as depicted in large-scale banners in various locations around the community. Chris Devins was inspired to explore the identity of the community he has called home his(…)

University closes Reynolds Club Barbershop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On July 17, the University of Chicago permanently closed the doors to the Reynolds Club Barbershop, 5706 S. University Ave, which, for many years, served the haircutting needs of faculty, students and community members alike. In a statement published July 17, the university praised the contributions of the Reynolds Club’s(…)

Farming goes urban in Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Having a successful farm may sound silly in the city of Chicago, but a few places in the Hyde Park area are growing fresh produce in the midst of the urban jungle. In an effort to care for the community’s environment as well as its health, urban gardens are growing(…)

“Dear White People” filmmaker Justin Simien visits Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A screening of “Dear White People” accompanied by a question-and-answer session with the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien, was the last event in a three-day series of workshops on race and identity taking place across Chicago. The screening occurred on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Logan Arts Center, 915(…)

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Marva Arnold has witnessed the transformation of 53rd Street into a commercial hub in recent years. She and her daughter have lived in their home at 5317 S. Dorchester Ave. for 27 years. Arnold said that her house, built in 1860, is the oldest standing house in Hyde Park. The(…)

New store is going to the dogs

New store is going to the dogs

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In its third week of business, Hyde Park’s newest pet store, Sprocket and Stone, 1013 E. 53rd St., has gone to the dogs … in a good way. “Dogs walking by actually pull their owners towards the door,” said owner Sophie Phillips. “I think they must smell our bone selection(…)

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Controversy and confusion have surrounded Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., for some time about its future role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. A request for proposal (RFP) process was established last year, and CPS has remained quiet, for the most part, on the decision process. Members of the(…)

Raoul and Preckwinkle put youth justice in spotlight

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are setting their sights on juvenile justice reform. Two bills sponsored by Raoul passed the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 4. House Bill 3718 and Senate Bill 1560 will limit the number of young people committed to(…)

Interim principal at Kozminski has long track record

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., is welcoming a new principal this fall to take over the school. Bernadette Glover has been named the acting principal of Kozminski. Previously the assistant principal at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., Glover is anything but new to the education system(…)

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A boutique hotel may soon be coming to the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Hyde Park. At a meeting hosted by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Tuesday, July 28, developers from Smart Hotels LLC laid out preliminary plans for a 90-room hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has been frustrating beach goers lately due to the increasing lack of care for its facilities and features. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has been pushing for the Chicago Park District to make the interactive water feature at the beach more available(…)

Blossom house attracts worry

Blossom house attracts worry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) met last Thursday to discuss the proposed retention policy at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The council met to begin conversations on options for an updated retention policy at surrounding schools because of the current high retention rates, specifically among 3rd graders and minority(…)

Campus organization’s claims raise UCPD questions

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer In the current national climate surrounding campus police, the most remote events can have reverberations in Hyde Park. On July 19, an unarmed man was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop outside of campus confines. The officer has since pleaded not(…)