HPNC gets Imagination Playground grant

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5840 S. Kenwood Ave. was awarded a grant from Target and national non-profit KaBOOM!, to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart, an innovative playground equipment system. Imagination Playground in a Cart is a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam(…)

Hyde Park neighborhood gaining in popularity with home buyers

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s real estate trends so far in 2016 show the neighborhood becoming more attractive to home buyers. According to data provided by Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, the number of homes sold this year have gone up, while the days on the market and the inventory of homes(…)

Arts programs still thriving at local schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has been hit hard with multiple cuts this year, but according to a new report by the nonprofit arts advocacy group, Ingenuity, CPS students have seen an increase in access to arts education programming. According to the report, 60 percent of all of CPS’ schools were(…)

DuSable Museum to host Kwanzaa celebration

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A Kwanzaa celebration will be hosted at the DuSable Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The celebration is in collaboration with Bolozi Wazee /Shule Ya Watoto. The event will take place at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., from noon to 2:30 p.m. Participants for the 2016 Kwanzaa Celebration include Thunder(…)

U. of C. Alum is being considered for theTrump Administration

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer President-elect Trump according to reports is said to be considering, a University of Chicago (U. of C.) alum Jim O’Neill to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). O’Neill, who graduated with a masters degree in humanities from U. of C., is a managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management(…)

HPNC hosts holiday party

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., is hosting a holiday family party this Friday, Dec. 23. The “Winter Holidays Around the World” event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and will include holiday crafts and games, music, healthy snacks and a puppet show by(…)

Free day at DuSable Musuem changes

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Beginning next year, free day at DuSable Musuem of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will change from Sunday to Tuesday. The change will go into effect Sunday Jan. 1. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.(…)

Tiger Woods will lead design for golf complex in Jackson Park

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Tiger Woods a career professional golf player will be overseeing the renovations for a new, $30 million golf complex for two historic golf courses on the Southside. The golf courses at Jackson Park, 6401 S. Richards Dr., and South Shore 7059 S. South Shore Dr. will be transformed and combined(…)

Arne Duncan buys new home in Hyde Park

Arne Duncan buys new home in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan moved back to the Hyde Park neighborhood when he stepped down from his cabinet position last December. Now, he is making a move again, this time, to Kenwood Avenue near 56th Street. Reports said that Duncan and his wife Karen are moving into a(…)

HPNC awarded grant for imagination playground

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5840 S. Kenwood Ave. was awarded a grant from Target and national non-profit KaBOOM!, to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart, an innovative playground equipment system. Imagination Playground in a Cart is a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam(…)

Africa International House hosts Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace

Africa International House, USA, Inc. (AIH) will host its Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace on Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, at Harriet Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave. Visitors will have the opportunity to shop with local and national artisans for unique and eclectic handmade holiday gifts and learn about the principles of Kwanzaa. Items available(…)

Local politicians participate in Christmas in the Wards event

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 20th Annual Christmas in the Wards event will take place this Saturday, Dec. 17. The event will bring together politicians from across the city to hand out over 1,000 donated toys and gifts to those in need in the Chicago area. Local politicians that will be serving as “happy(…)