Obama Library town hall meeting on community benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 27, there will be a town hall meeting calling for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the upcoming Obama Presidential Library. The meeting will take place at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The CBA will call on the Obama Foundation(…)

Shakespeare in the park returns to Hyde Park area

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Comedy, romance and mistaken identity come to Washington Park, 5531 S. Russell Dr., this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” after shows in Burnside and Beverly on the far South Side. Shakespeare in the Parks is a beloved Chicago summer tradition. Each(…)

Race the topic of discussion at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two of the country’s most prominent young writers on race, Mychal Denzel Smith and Marc Lamont Hill, will stop by the Seminary Co-op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Aug. 9, to discuss their respective new books. Smith, a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation(…)

Michelle Obama back in the neighborhood through weekend  

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer First Lady Michelle Obama will be returning to her Kenwood home this week and staying through Sunday, according to reports. Obama is returning to the South Side after her inspiring speech last night at the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “I wake up every morning in a house that(…)

57th St. Books to host Harry Potter midnight release party

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For the first time in nearly a decade, bookstores across the country will host Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties. Hyde Park’s celebration of the eighth Harry Potter story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at 57th St. Books, 1201 E. 57th St., and(…)

Wednesday concert in Harper Court

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harper Court Summer Music Series continues this Wednesday with authentic Latin music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. DJ El Caobo and DJ Kamani Rashad will perform Salsa, Bachata, Meringue and Kimzomba style tunes. Dance instructors will be available to teach the(…)

DuSable exhibit explores Chicago freedom stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Patrons of the DuSable Museum of African American History’s newest permanent installment must enter the exhibit through the underbelly of a slave ship. Shackles, bilboes and collars hang from the walls, which display images of captured Africans flattened and stacked into the storage compartments of sailing ships. “Freedom, Resistance, and(…)

Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)

Community meeting on 1400 E. Hyde Park talks plans and parking

Community meeting on 1400 E. Hyde Park talks plans and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Developers talked about the plans of the newest building to be built at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. during the first of many community meetings last night at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The proposed four-story building will sits on the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Hyde(…)

Insomnia Cookies soon to open in Hyde Park

By SONIA SCHLESINGER
 Herald Intern Late-night cookie chain Insomnia Cookies will arrive in Hyde Park, come the start of the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) 2016-17 academic year. The store will be located in U. of C.’s new dormitory, 1105 E. 55th St, North Campus Residential Commons, as one of several dining options on(…)

After three months, undocumented immigrant still remains in Hyde Park church

After three months, undocumented immigrant still remains in Hyde Park church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer It’s been over three months since Jose Juan Federico Moreno has stepped outside the walls of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Moreno, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who has lived in Illinois for close to two decades, is holed up in the Hyde Park church to avoid deportation. After a(…)

King open to idea of permit parking

King open to idea of permit parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a parking discussion during a Thursday night meeting regarding the proposal of building new condominiums at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Ald. Sophia King (4th) said that she would be open to the idea of permit parking to relieve parking challenges in the neighborhood. “My predecessors were(…)

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Woodlawn residents will soon be able to move into the first market rate rental property in over 40 years thanks to the new Trianon Lofts, 803 E. 61st St., which broke ground today. The upcoming development features 24 units that have two bedrooms and two baths each at 900 to(…)

Logan Center to host blogging event

By SONIA SCHLESINGER
 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host a class on blogging this evening at 5:30 p.m. The class, led by University of Chicago alum, Preston Thomas, will consider blogging communities and demographics, types of blogs, comment sections on blogs, content creation, social media(…)

Community meeting for 1400 Hyde Park building proposal

Ald. Sophia King (4th ) is hosting a community meeting, Thursday, July 21, to share information about the residential condo project proposed for 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

22-year-old man shot in Kenwood

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A 22-year-old man was shot in the Kenwood neighborhood Wednesday night and taken to Stroger hospital in serious condition. According to police, at approximately 10:50 p.m. the man was walking down the 4900 block of South Woodlawn Avenue when another man approached on foot and shot the victim in the(…)

Bixler Playlot is open

Bixler Playlot is open

Early Thursday morning, July 21, Chicago Park District Officials opened the recently renovated Bixler Playlot Park, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave. The park, which is a result of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Chicago Plays!” program, now includes rope-climbing equipment and structures on which children can stand or hang while spinning.

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer SONIA SCHLESINGER, Herald Intern Following weeks of renovations, two Hyde Park playgrounds are re-opening to the public. Nichols Park’s East Playground, 1355 E. 55th St., and Bixler Playlot, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave., have been fenced off for weeks as construction crews installed new playground equipment. Both projects are a result(…)

U. of C. Medicine professor dies in traffic crash

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of. C) professor died Wednesday morning after being struck by a car during his morning jog in the 1900 block of E. 67th St. The university identified the professor as Dr. Gary Toback, who had taught in the U. of C. Department of Medicine for(…)

Bike tour explores art stops on South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is hosting an art-themed bike ride Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour will be led by Erika Dudley, the senior program manager for the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago, and Patric McCoy, the(…)