Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a community meeting Monday night, a Chicago Park District official apologized to Hyde Park residents for last week’s surprise closure of Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. On Friday, June 24, without any warning, a construction crew fenced off Bixler Playlot and removed the playground equipment. From signage later(…)

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A group of upset neighborhood parents met Saturday, June 25 in Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., to discuss what they believed to be unwarranted construction of the Bixler Playlot. Playground equipment was removed and the playlot was closed on Friday, without any warning. “I think we’re all incredibly(…)

Smart Museum hosts free Summer Cookout series

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., is hosting a series of Summer Cookouts to unveil the latest changes to the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The cookouts are scheduled for Thursdays June 30, July 14 and August 18 and are free to the public. The(…)

Hyde Park dinner crawl explores local favorites

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, June 28, the Hyde Park Dinner Crawl will explore local pallets from various restaurants that are staples in the neighborhood. The dinner crawl includes Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen, 1164 E. 55th St.; B’Gabs Goodies, 1450 E. 57th St.; Medici, 1327 E. 57th St.; The Nile, 1162 E. 55th St.;(…)

CPS addresses lead testing at community meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) gave updates on the lead testing at public schools during a community meeting Thursday, June 23 at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. CPS CEO, Forrest Claypool, and other city officials presented the report to about 10 community members who attended the meeting.(…)

Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 31st Hunger Walk in Jackson Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Greater Chicago Food Depository will host its 31st Annual Hunger Walk this Saturday, June 25, in Jackson Park. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and move along Lake Michigan for two miles. About 15,000 people are expected to attend this year to participate in the walk, volunteer and(…)

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Urban redevelopment in cities can sometimes be a difficult topic to discuss, which is why Place Lab took the question of “What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you?” to artists, activists, scholars and community members at a public convening event, yesterday, at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag seeks Hyde Park volunteers to help feed the homeless

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park residents are invited to the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, June 25, to help distribute lunch bags to homeless Chicagoans. Hashtag Lunchbag, a non-profit organization that sponsors food drives across the country, will be hosting the event. Community residents looking to pitch in should assemble at(…)

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 23-year-old Bronzeville resident has been arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder for his role in a shooting, on Sunday, June 19, in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, that left a 3-year-old boy paralyzed. In a June 23 statement, police named the offender as Desean Wynn(…)

Armed men rob U. of C. staff member

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine staff member fell victim to an armed robbery on Wednesday, June 22, near 56th Street and South Kimbark Avenue. According to the U. of C. Security Alert, the victim was walking eastbound on 56th Street, at approximately 4:15 p.m., when approached from(…)

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Whole Foods Market in Hyde Park held its opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 and opened for business at 9 a.m. The first customer arrived at 4:45 a.m. By 9 a.m. there were over 1,300 customers lined up at the main entrance on Lake Park Avenue(…)

Hyde Park psychotherapist couple greatly influenced those around them

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and associates of psychotherapist Robert Moore offer an illustration of the man that stands in stark contrast to the circumstances of his death. Moore, a former professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St., and his wife Margaret Shanahan, a prominent Jungian psychotherapist, were found dead,(…)

Women share stories to help fight against brain tumors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, June 24, 12 women will convene at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., to tell the stories of women overcoming and coping with life’s struggles. The performance, “Walk In My Shoes” starts at 7 p.m. in the performance hall and runs two hours without an intermission. The(…)

Car crash at Lake Park and 55th Street

Car crash at Lake Park and 55th Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A two-vehicle collision in East Hyde Park this morning shut down a stretch of South Lake Park Avenue for about 45 minutes. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, a vehicle traveling northbound on Lake Park Avenue collided with a vehicle turning east onto 55th Street from a southbound lane(…)

Chicago Free School seeks a middle school teacher

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As it heads into its third year, Chicago Free School is looking to expand enrollment and hire an additional full-time middle school teacher, according to school founder Lauren Beitler. Chicago Free School finished up the school year with 53 students enrolled. Beitler said she hopes that enrollment grows to 60(…)

Hyde Park native hosts dance party at Daley Plaza

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park native Toni Shelton, one of the premiere House music promoters in Chicago, is fighting violence with dance. Spurred by Chicago’s recent uptick in violence, Shelton organized a dance party for Aug. 8, at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., in which she hopes to offer a refuge for(…)

HPHS honors student projects about Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer High school students will showcase their work on the history of the Hyde Park Township at an event on Saturday, June 25. The Chicago area students are the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) award for best student projects from the 2016 Chicago Metro History Fair that took(…)

Graduate students say goodbye to I-House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The end of the school year brought with it feelings of disappointment and defeat for a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) students who, over the past year, have been fighting the administration’s decision to clear graduate students out of International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St. “All(…)

Montgomery Place dining gets upscale upgrade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An upscale dining experience does not have to be had at a five-star restaurant in the Loop. Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., is trying to bring the full-fledged experience of an upscale restaurant to its residents. “We want to get it to that next level of a fine dining(…)

Politicians wear patriotic costumes at 4th on 53rd parade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Usually local elected officials are seen wearing suits or professional attire but at the 4th on 53rd parade they break away from their normal dress to wear wacky, Americana-themed costumes. The tradition of costumed politicians began with the very first parade 25 years ago, and State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)