U. of C. receives $10M gift to improve public schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) received a $10 million gift to help it continue its work in enhancing the state of urban schools in Chicago and nationwide. Chicago philanthropists Paula and James Crown committed the large monetary gift to the program to support UEI’s student achievement,(…)

Court’s Newell gains award

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell won the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation’s (SDCF) Zelda Finchandler Award last week. The prestigious distinction, which comes with an unrestricted $5,000 grant, is awarded by the New York City-based foundation to “an oustanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution(…)

Man Shot in East Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man was listed in serious condition after being shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday in the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. An unnamed 55-year-old man sustained one gunshot wound to the head, Chicago Police News Affairs officer Hector Alfaro said. A full report has not yet been released, Alfaro(…)

Kenwood teen driving competition

Kenwood Academy High School students are rallying community members to commit to safe driving. Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is participating in Celebrate My Drive, a State Farm-sponsored program that teaches teens how to have fun but also be responsible when driving. The program also helps schools raise money for school improvements such as enhancements(…)

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer On a cold brisk Saturday afternoon at Ekersall Stadium, high school football fans witnessed one of the greatest individual first half performances in Chicago Public League Football history. Kenwood Academy star runningback, No. 20 Derrick Young, exploded for a Public League record five touchdowns, while compiling 200 all-purpose yards in a(…)

Push to keep Canter open

Push to keep Canter open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is hosting a “Future of Canter Meeting.” The meeting is open to parents and community members who are interested in keeping the middle school open. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

South Side Pie Challenge redux

South Side Pie Challenge redux

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The second annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place in Hyde Park in November. The program is currently seeking contestants and volunteers. The pie challenge will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Principal(…)

Art at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School hired Lori Dana as its new art teacher. The decision to hire the teacher was based partly on a survey issued to the community from the school’s local school council (LSC). Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget cuts left only room for one arts education teacher and(…)

Community alerts over local robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police Department both issued community alerts over the weekend following a string of robberies around Hyde Park. In each of the five reported incidents, groups of three or four men approached victims, displayed a handgun and demanded the contents of the(…)

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon behind a BP gas station, 5130 S. Lake Park Ave. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a firetruck stood on 52nd Street while a small team of firefighters in the alleyway behind the station sprayed a wooden fence with water. “[The fire] came(…)

Merges’ A10 restaurant to open Nov. 5

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Matthias Merges’ has confirmed that his new Hyde Park restaurant, A10, will open Tuesday, Nov. 5., at 1462 E. 53rd St. Chef John Vermiglio will oversee the northern Italian-themed restaurant. Vermiglio is also chef de cuisine at Merges’ Logan Square brunch restaurant, Billy Sunday. A10 will include high-end(…)

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

By Joseph Phillips Sports Reporter After a tough road loss to Englewood-Urban Prep last week at Gately Stadium, the Kenwood Academy Broncos would return to the field on Friday night against the DuSable Panthers with one thing on their mind: “A win,” said Broncos Head Coach Darnell Jones. “We need this one, we need this(…)

New Lab annex opens doors

New Lab annex opens doors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The nursery through primary school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are settling into the newly-built Earl Shapiro Hall. The school was built from the ground up with pre-K through 2nd graders in mind. Staff and faculty at the school, which was named after 1956 Lab school(…)

DuSable screening “’63 Boycott”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host a screening and discussion of the documentary “’63 Boycott,” Tuesday, Oct. 22, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the boycott against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overcrowding. Gordon Quinn, director of the project, is still searching for past CPS students who(…)

Ald. Hairston seeks to avoid new high-rise bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) wants to exempt residential buildings from an ordinance that would require all very large buildings to make their energy consumption data public. The ordinance, which passed City Council last month, currently requires all buildings more than 50,000 square feet to publicly report their energy use data(…)

U. of C. unveils incubator

U. of C. unveils incubator

By JEFFREY BISHKU AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hoping to spur entrepreneurship on campus, University of Chicago representatives unveiled plans last week for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue by late 2014. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer(…)

Vue53 developer gives update

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jim Hansen, principal at Mesa Development, declined to comment on a lawsuit filed by four Hyde Parkers to stop construction of the 13-story tower Vue 53. Mesa Development was not named as a party on the lawsuit. “I think this is America. We have a process to adjudicate these things(…)

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago wants more homegrown startups. Hoping to foster cooperation between U. of C. affiliates and entrepreneurs, university representatives unveiled Friday plans for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.(…)

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Master curator and bibliophile Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, will retire from his self-described “dream job” at the top academic bookstore Sunday, more than 40 years after he began work there as a part-time employee. “It’s been a spectacular life. I’ve gotten to know(…)

Demo to begin for City HP

Demo to begin for City HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old buildings at the Village Shopping Center should be demolished in coming weeks. Peter Cassel, director of community development for Antheus Capital, told the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council on Monday, Sept. 30, that the buildings should be gone by the end of the year. Construction on the 17-story(…)