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(…)

Chef Mike Sheerin bringing Packed, a new dumpling restaurant, to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Star chef Mike Sheerin plans to open a new dumpling restaurant in Hyde Park. Sheerin, a veteran of Chicago restaurants Blackbird and Italian restaurant Cicchetti, expects to open Packed at the old site of Edwardos, 1321 E. 57th St, in late summer. He said he and his business partner, Aaron DiMaria,(…)

University of Chicago to sell 21 residential properties in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago will sell 21 of the residential buildings it owns in Hyde Park. The buildings are all located in Hyde Park. Nineteen of the buildings house students, faculty and staff. Two vacant lots will also be made available for sale. In a press release the university said(…)

How to vote in the April 7 mayoral runoff election

With less than a week until Chicago’s runoff mayoral election, voting has already begun. Early voting will take place through April 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. A government ID is required. Hyde Park’s nearest early voting polling places are the King(…)

Few details in Kimbark shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman was shot while sitting in a parked car at 62nd Street and Kimbark Avenue on Wednesday. Chicago Police News Affairs said a 46-year-old African American woman sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm and left hand after she was shot at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. The car she(…)

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

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(…)

Lease for new Jeffery Plaza grocery store hasn’t been signed yet: Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A real-estate firm is still negotiating a lease for the former Dominick’s grocery store at South Shore’s Jeffery Plaza shopping mall, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Tuesday. The update at her March ward meeting comes after a January presentation from businessman Robert Liska, of Liska Management, who said he expected a(…)

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill that would require the University of Chicago Police Department to publicly disclose arrests could still change, according to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). House sponsors Currie and state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) say the intent behind HB 3932 — inspired by community discussion surrounding the University(…)

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Three teachers from Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School will travel to Italy to study its preschool methods. Susan Carton, Arun Srimani and Kelli Harris, preschool teachers at Akiba-Schechter, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy, this month on a four-day trip to observe the town’s early childhood(…)

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel may need to try harder to win local votes in next month’s runoff election. Emanuel beat challenger Jesus Chuy Garcia in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area by a smaller margin than in the city overall, an analysis of February’s election results show. Across the city,(…)

Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Six aldermen — including Leslie Hairston (5th) —(…)