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The Chicago Park District announced that the city's lakefront and playgrounds had officially reopened as COVID-19 metrics continue to ease, as Hyde Parkers took to the open air to enjoy a warm-up after a prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures.

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Justine Jentes studies two cyanotypes by Jonathan Castillo, part of his "American Institutional Indebtedness" series. The cyanotypes are on display in the Hyde Park Art Center’s (HPAC’s) current exhibition, "Ground Floor," which will be showing through April 3.

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Two statues in Washington and Jackson parks are listed for review under the Chicago Monuments Project, and the city is soliciting public feedback as part of a "first effort to grapple with the often unacknowledged — or forgotten — history associated with the City’s various municipal art coll…

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A couple enjoys a walk at the Promontory Point on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Nearly 18 inches of snow fell in some parts of the South Side yesterday.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha, founded at Howard University in Washington, has a long history in Hyde Park: the sorority's second chapter was founded at the University of Chicago in 1913, and its headquarters stands today on Stony Island Avenue.

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Climate change is to blame for a disruption to the jet stream that has caused the polar vortex, which should be swirling over the Arctic, to drop dramatically over North America, plunging Chicago into a long cold snap and sending a once-in-a-lifetime winter storm to Texas.

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At Hyde Park's Blackstone Library branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., children's librarian Zen Smith talks about the many Black History books on display for youngsters, including one on Bessie Coleman, the first African-American women to earn a pilot's license in America. 

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Snow removal equipment has snacked more than a foot of snow from recent storms in order to make parking space available for use by customers shopping at Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. (If you park your car and aren't shopping, the car will be towed at your expense.)  

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After Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union reached a deal last week, students returned to schools across the city. Here, Zoey waves goodbye to her mother as she prepares to enter Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., for half-day preschool on Thursday, Feb. 11. 

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Consistent with all neighborhood ice rinks, the Midway Plaisance Ice Rink will close on Feb. 15. Skating has been very popular this pandemic year; to maintain social distancing, the Park District limited the total number of skaters on the rink at one time to 50. On Jan. 2, an employee at the…

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“I call it the Pickens Portable Piano Pickup,” said Kenwood Academy music teacher Bethany Pickens as she waited for her students to arrive at the school on Friday to pick up one of the 153 loaner keyboards stacked in the hallway. 

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Five Kenwood Academy students have won scholarships from the Posse Foundation, a selective on-campus and career mentorship program, and are looking forward to bright futures.

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Pending perfunctory approval from the City Council later this month, funding is in place for Kenwood Academy's $7.5 million elevated, enclosed pedway connecting the main building with the former Canter Middle School.

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Temperatures are set to dip significantly in Chicago this weekend, with highs only a little over ten degrees Friday through Monday. When temperatures are below freezing, the city opens warming areas at its community service centers and other locations. Here's where to go in Hyde Park and nea…

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will investigate the University of Chicago Title IX Office following a retaliation complaint by a recently dismissed Ph.D. student, whose allegations and fundraising efforts have gained a high profile on social media over the past few weeks.

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The nascent effort by a group of local residents to help prevent carjackings continues. At a rally on Jan. 23, the group announced that it would create and man "safe zones" at gas stations in Hyde Park and other nearby communities. This past Saturday morning, Jan. 30, about 80 people gathere…

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A vehicle removes snow and spreads salt in order to clear the parking lot at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. 

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Two mid-South Side community organizations, the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative and the DuSable Museum of African American History, have received grants funded in part by the state's revenue from adult-use marijuana sales.