MSI offers discount for Cubs fans

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer In honor of the Chicago Cubs historic World Series victory on Wednesday, Nov. 2, the Museum of Science and Industry will offer $7 off the general admission price to any visitors wearing Cubs apparel this weekend. Tickets are normally $18 for adults and $11 for children for general entry. The(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society hosts November open house

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will hold its monthly open house event this Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. An exhibit titled “Hyde Park in 1890, from Raschers Atlas,” will be on display. The exhibit includes posters from the 1890(…)

Pastor celebrates 50 years in service

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Leon Finney, Jr. will be celebrating 50 years in community organizing and ministry tonight, Nov 4, at his church the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church. The church will also be hosting the 2016 MET Jubilee Peace Planter Awards. Just recently, Finney was honored by his alma mater, the McCormick Theological Seminary,(…)

Cornell Nature Play Park set to open Saturday

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Cornell Nature Play Park is slated to open to the public this Saturday, Nov. 5. The park’s play area is located on the east side of Cornell Avenue between 54th and 55th streets and was in need of restoration. Last year, the Cornell Park Advisory Council (CPAC) came together to(…)

South Side Pie Challenge this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Get your taste buds ready, because the 5th Annual South Side Pie Challenge is this Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Pies will range from fruit, nut, sweet potato/pumpkin and crème for tasting categories. All contestants must drop off their pies at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,(…)

Dr. Richard “Dick” Wang, 88

A celebration of life ceremony for jazz enthusiast Richard “Dick” Wang will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Wang was well known in the jazz community as an educator, advisor and dedicated proponent for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and cultivator of other(…)

Hyde Park gets Target

Hyde Park gets Target

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target had a soft opening in Hyde Park today, Nov. 2, but its official grand opening is set for this Sunday, Nov. 6. After being announced in March that a Target would be the core retailer of the Vue53 development, 1330 E. 53rd St., the Target Corporation held two hiring(…)

Theaster Gates’ Rebuild program to host auction of student work

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A local Chicago artist recently announced the launch of an initiative to train unemployed and underemployed people on the South Side of Chicago. University of Chicago Arts Professor Theaster Gates, who is the founder of the Rebuild Foundation, recently launched Dorchester Industries, which falls under the umbrella of the Rebuild’s(…)

Part Twenty-one: Republican for all time to come?

Part Twenty-one: Republican for all time to come?

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS As we head to vote on Nov. 8, the importance of and ability to cast one’s vote has been an important theme of this election. 127 years ago those who chose not to vote were a critical factor directly affecting the future of the village of Hyde Park. In 1872 the(…)

Tellebration returns for 20th year

Tellebration returns for 20th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the weekend of Nov. 19 and 20, 18 separate events will be held both nationwide and worldwide in celebration of the art of storytelling for an annual event known as Tellebration. This year marks the 20th annual Hyde Park Tellebration that was created by professional storyteller and renowned MOTH(…)

Retail sees festival benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Neighborhood events and festivals are proving to be beneficial in providing entertainment to residents of Hyde Park. The festivals are also benefitting the businesses where these events are taking place, according to those who monitor retail trends in the community. A Tuesday, Oct. 25, retail forum that brought out Hyde(…)

Polsky Politics Panelists talk politics and technology

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP) co-hosted a talk on Thursday, Oct. 27, on how technology has changed and will change the elections process. Election season is in full swing, with only less than a week until Election Day. Four panelists came together at the(…)

OWL League talking politics Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The monthly meeting of the Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5. Steve Edwards, the Executive Director of the Illinois Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago will discuss “How did we get to this point in our political/historical history?” Edwards has spent(…)

Season’s end at Amanda’s

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Garden Committee will hold the final workday of the season for Amanda’s Garden on Saturday, Nov.5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Amanda’s Garden, which is located at the northwest corner of the school, 5631 S. Woodlawn Ave., is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda(…)

RevCom group member defies U. of C. campus ban

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have permanently banned Noche Diaz, a member of the Get Into the Revolution National Organizing Tour (RevCom) from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) campus, a group whose aim is to, “recruit and organize people into(…)

Rowdy Halloween night in Hyde Park results in damage

Rowdy Halloween night in Hyde Park results in damage

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last night’s “Halloween Purge” resulted in arrests, damaged vehicles and mobs of young people taking over the streets of Hyde Park. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 10 juvenile arrests were made last night, including three (two females and one male) for disorderly conduct, four females for reckless conduct,(…)

Police quell disturbance on 53rd street

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer A disturbance took place on Saturday night, Oct. 29, on 53rd Street between Lake Park and Dorchester avenues that resulted in Chicago police blocking off 53rd Street to traffic. Reportedly, teens were hanging out in the area when the scene became out of control. “I saw a group of teenagers(…)

City Services Resource Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 4th Ward is hosting a City Services Resource Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 2., at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees can meet directly with city departments to learn more about services and programs. Confirmed departments include Business Affairs, Streets and Sanitation, Chicago(…)

Kenwood principal warns of Halloween activity on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a letter to parents from Kenwood Academy High School’s principal, Gregory Jones, a “Halloween Purge” is supposed to occur on 53rd Street beginning at 4 p.m. today. Jones said in the letter that this is not organized by Kenwood students and that the school has contacted both the(…)

Halloween letter from Principal Jones

Dear Parent/Guardian: I am writing to inform you that the school received a message via social media that a “Halloween Purge” will occur in the Hyde Park neighborhood, at 53th Street. The scheduled time is 4:00 p.m. However, it could be later in the evening. A “Halloween Purge” refers to the gathering of teenagers to(…)