Workshop to discuss planned $10M Jackson Park pavilion this weekend

Workshop to discuss planned $10M Jackson Park pavilion this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A workshop to discuss a planned $10 million pavilion in Jackson Park will be taking place at 2 p.m. this Saturday, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. The event is being organized by the U. of C. Office of Civic Engagement and Project 120, a non-profit planning a(…)

UCPD review gives locals and students a chance to vent

UCPD review gives locals and students a chance to vent

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department held a public forum Wednesday as part of its bid for professional certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). More than 30 students from the university attended the event to voice their concerns that UCPD has policies and faults(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) seeking input on aldermanic menu cash

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office recently announced two community meetings to discuss how the ward’s discretionary funds will be spent this year. Last year the 5th Ward adopted a process dubbed participatory budgeting, in which residents voted on how to spend $1 million in aldermanic menu money. Beginning this week, constituents from each of the(…)

Hyde Park schools to adopt new CPS computer science curriculum

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School, Ariel Community Academy and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Woodlawn Charter School are three of 46 schools that have been chosen by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to pilot its new computer science curriculum next fall. The computer science programs at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone(…)

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School 11th graders Sebastian Augusthy and Bennett Hensey won gold medals in late March for their science projects at the Chicago Public Schools Citywide Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry. Out of the 315 CPS students who participated at the citywide science fair,(…)

Joy Clendenning and Juliana Stratton (left and center), both candidates for one of the parent representative seats on the Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., local school council (LSC), speak with Kenwood parent Dawn Payton as she enters the school to pick up her daughter’s report card Tuesday morning. Hyde Parkers and parents(…)

Something fishy in Hyde Park

Something fishy in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Neil Shubin’s work studying paleontology at the University of Chicago has taken him to places as far away as Canada’s arctic north and South Africa. However much of his PBS series “Your Inner Fish” is a Hyde Park story, he said. The three part PBS series “Your Inner(…)

South East Chicago Commission may reconsider Celebrate Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is in the early stages of reviewing its programming, a process whose impact on the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals remains unclear. In 2010, the SECC, University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce began co-sponsoring Celebrate Hyde Park,(…)

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking help from aldermen to gather community input on what should happen to school buildings once the schools have been closed. At the March City Council meeting, aldermen were asked to host town hall meetings to get community input on how Chicago Public Schools(…)

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s local school council announced that it is joining Murray Elementary, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and other schools across the nation that are seeking to put an end to high stakes testing. At its March meeting, the local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S.(…)

St. Sabina’s Father Pfleger to speak at St. Thomas

Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community at St. Sabina Church, will be the guest speaker at St. Thomas the Apostle Church’s 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Fair Trader hatches new plan

Cindy Pardo is pushing back. For years, Pardo has watched the available space and opportunities for artists in Hyde Park and the broader South Side dwindle, and she has decided to do something about it. Both an artist and a businesswoman, Pardo is sending out feelers for an idea she hatched recently to create a(…)

Jay Travis, 26th Illinois House district candidate, concedes to Christian Mitchell

Jay Travis, 26th Illinois House district candidate, concedes to Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis conceded the race for Illinois’ 26th House District late Friday to incumbent Christian Mitchell. “I am writing to let you know that I am officially conceding,” Travis said in a prepared campaign e-mail. Travis’ concession comes on the heels of a close election that saw her receive 556(…)

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Sit-down restaurant Porkchop opened in Harper Court last Monday. The restaurant, 1516 E. Harper Ct., specializes in barbecue, Southern fare and whiskey and also serves breakfast. It had its soft opening this week, which will be followed by a grand opening in April. The location is Porkchop’s second, joining another(…)

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council received notice from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Wednesday that the contract of its estranged principal, Tatia Beckwith, has been terminated. After almost a year in leadership limbo, the council is now eligible to begin its search for a new principal. The local(…)

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman who has owned a salon on 53rd Street for 20 years is suing the a business arm of the University of Chicago, who she says is trying to illegally evict her. Sahan Kourouma has owned Motherland, 1459 E. 53rd St., a nail salon and hair weaving business, since(…)

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)