Wicker Park designer opening new pop-up store on 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A pop-up clothing shop will soon be opening at the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Wicker Park-based Anastasia will open its second location at 1500 E. 53rd St., where it will remain through Christmas Eve. Named after owner Anastasia Chatzka, the store will(…)

University of Chicago to double paid internships for students

The University of Chicago plans to double the number of paid internships for students in the College. The internships are funded through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. The college hopes to have 2,000 placements, or enough for everyone in next fall’s first-year class to have one opportunity before they graduate. This is a part of(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched last Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from the kick-off gala for the public phase of its biggest-ever, $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group(…)

Race for 26th Illinois House District in the home stretch

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With less than two hours left until polls close, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) expressed confidence about his chances of being re-elected and said he was mostly concerned about the Illinois gubernatorial race. The race leading up to today has been a quieter and less contentious one than last March’s Democratic(…)

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fire at the 47th Street Metra station briefly halted trains and is still under investigation by the Chicago Fire Department. A fire was reported at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday after a train operator saw smoke. Chicago Fire Department responded immediately, said Meg Reile, Metra spokesperson. One train, bound for downtown(…)

Police: Sexual assault on Lake Shore Drive running path

Police are reporting a criminal sexual assault took place on the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive on Friday, Oct. 31. At approximately 11:10 a.m., a female victim in her late 50s was jogging when she was approached from behind and pulled to the ground in a secluded area. She was physically restrained and(…)

Hairston Facebook post triggers investigation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At her last monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Election Fraud Unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) authorized a Hyde Park journalist to form an ad hoc committee to take a critical look at the University of Chicago Police Department and recommend ways it can better police the community. UCPD came under fire by members of the community for practices that many called(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from its kick-off gala for the public phase of its $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group Southsiders Together(…)

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School unveiled its plans for an Outdoor Learning Space (OLS) at a special “Tent Event” on Oct. 19. Parents, alumni and friends of the school were invited to learn more about the school’s initiative and the importance of learning through play. “Ancona is a progressive school so(…)

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   With the Illinois general election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4, time is running out for candidates to raise and spend money. Seven candidates are running for U.S. Congressional and Illinois House districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood. They are: Democrat Bobby L. Rush and Republican Jimmy Lee Tillman in(…)

Billionaire David Rubenstein to get University of Chicago building named after him

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago issued a press release last week saying it will build a new social space after a significant donation from billionaire trustee David Rubenstein. Construction is expected to begin in 2016. The building is expected to be complete in 2018. It will be a space for students(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s tech incubator opened Thursday at an event attended by some of Illinois’ top politicos and business leaders. The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., is the newest addition to the shopping corridor. Once completed the CIE will bring 300 employees working for 20 to 30(…)

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The South Side Pie Challenge (SSPC) is Nov. 8 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Julie Vassilatos, organizer of SSPC, said this is the third year of the competition. She is hoping that there is a balanced turnout this(…)

Logan Center to host 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will be one of the screening venues for the 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. This year the festival will screen 290 children’s films from almost 40 countries at venues including the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) proposed 2014-2015 budget would boost funding for area parks, a favorite item for the decades-old neighborhood group. HP-K CC will vote on the budget at its next meeting in November. If approved, $700 will be given to the group’s Parks Committee, which will(…)

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Malik Coleman has been making waves with his new clothing line Fashion And Money/Family Always Matters (FAM). The sophomore’s creative efforts have also obtained him a spot in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP). Coleman said he(…)