April 1 Day of Action approved by CTU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted in favor of a daylong walkout for April 1st. CTU voted 486 to 124 to authorize the Day of Action at a union meeting March 23. The Day of Action was organized in response to Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plans to cut teachers’ pay(…)

DuSable Museum partners with the Smithsonian

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., announced, March, 23, that it is beginning a collaborative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum’s recently granted “Smithsonian Affiliation” will allow DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. The partnership will also provide(…)

Jamie Kalven awarded Ridenhour Courage Prize

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the 2016 recipient of The Ridenhour Courage Prize, an award given out by the Nation Institute and Fertel Foundation that recognizes an individual’s “courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.” Kalven, the founder and executive director of(…)

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation’s recently appointed Vice President of Civic Engagement, Michael Strautmanis, assured neighborhood residents, at a 5th Ward meeting, Tuesday, March 22, that the community will hold significant weight in upcoming dialogues surrounding the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). Strautmanis is a Chicago native with close ties to the Obamas.(…)

Adult coloring at 57th Street Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday afternoon, illustrator, author and food stylist Jessie Kanelos Weiner will lead a coloring workshop, and you don’t have to be a kid to join in. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. March 26 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Weiner’s new book “Edible Paradise:(…)

Southside Hub of Production leaving Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is packing up the shop and moving out of its 57th Street storefront at the end of the month, however, owner Laura Shaeffer said that it’s not “goodbye” for good. “We will be around in some form or another,” Shaeffer said, who is also(…)

Glass Slipper Project gearing up to dress teens for prom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many teenage girls, their high school prom is their big Cinderella moment and for 18 years now, the Glass Slipper Project has been playing the role of the fairy godmother by making those dreams of the perfect prom come true. The Glass Slipper Project started back in 1998 by(…)

Hyde Park resident starts clean water fund for Flint

Hyde Park resident starts clean water fund for Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park entrepreneur and community organizer Jason Campbell is spearheading a project to bring water filters to youth daycare centers in Flint, Mich. Since April 2014, residents of Flint have been dealing with the repercussions of a poisoned water source. The crisis garnered national attention after it was found that(…)

Herman Cohn, A “Mayor” of Hyde Park

Herman Cohn, A “Mayor” of Hyde Park

    Herman Cohn died Monday, March 21, in Hyde Park. He was 94. The life of Herman Cohn was a life well-lived. He served his country bravely, he served his community tirelessly and he served his men’s store customers with flair. In Cohn’s heyday, some called him the unofficial “Mayor of Hyde Park,” but(…)

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry fest hits DuSable

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry fest hits DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The individual finals for Chicago’s annual Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) poetry competition came to the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Thursday, March 17. LTAB founder Kevin Coval has previously called the youth poetry festival “the best political platform in Chicago.” “You will see(…)

Collaborative prom exhibit opens at Arts Incubator

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer ‘Tis the season for ball gown dresses, tiaras and the anticipation of prom night. An exciting exhibit that focuses on the fashionable prom culture as it is on the South Side of Chicago opens Friday, March 25 at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. “Runway to Reality” is the(…)

Chicago Teacher’s Union plans “Day of Action” for April 1

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) is proposing Friday, April 1 as a “Day of Action,” a one-day walkout for teachers. Two Hyde Park organizations are preparing day programs so that parents will have a safe place to send their children. CTU is proposing this “Day of Action” because of a(…)

4th Ward alderman process in motion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the presidential campaign has the attention of the nation, residents in the 4th Ward are focusing on whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appoint as their next alderman in the coming months. Former Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced in February that he will be stepping down from his role as(…)

Travis bows out

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jay Travis acknowledged her defeat at the hands of incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). The previous evening, Travis’s team said they would not concede the race before taking a closer look at instances of voting irregularities that took place throughout the 26th district(…)

Improv goes beyond laughter, provides business benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s not all laughs over at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St.; classes at the improv club are proving beneficial in listening, collaboration and creativity. A new session of 15 classes start March 28, but owner John Stoops said the takeaway from these eight-week classes are not learning how to(…)

Shrine celebration

The Coalition to Save the Shrine of Christ the King Church is hosting a celebration at noon Saturday, March 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. The Shrine of Christ the King, formerly St. Gelasius Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., suffered a terrible fire last fall. The Archdiocese wanted to tear it(…)