HP Fourth of July parade is this Thursday

“An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July,” the annual Hyde Park parade tradition in which “everybody marches, nobody watches,” is this Thursday, July 4, Independence Day. The parade marchers gather at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., and end in Nichols Park, where there will be entertainment for all.

Shakespeare coming to Nichols Park

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Parkers can pack their picnic blankets and lawn chairs up for the Shakespeare classic, “A Comedy of Errors.” Spectralia theater will bring its production of the play to the area outside the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., on Sunday, July 7. The theater’s program, “Bard(…)

Sketchbook project coming to Hyde Park

The Sketchbook Project mobile library will be making its way to the Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. for a two-day exhibition July 13 and June 14, from noon to 5 p.m. The project will display 4,500 globally crowd-sourced, handmade books. Their mission, to “allow anyone to be able to participate in art,”(…)

Kenwood students excelling

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Graduates of Kenwood Academy High School obtained $13 million in scholarships making it the second most successful high school in the city in gaining scholarships. With the assistance of Post Secondary Coach Lindsay Hunter, 46 percent of the students that graduated this year from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Locals watching meters

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Businesses along the 53rd Street business corridor aren’t too worried that free parking meters on Sunday will harm their businesses, but they aren’t ready to say it won’t either. Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently renegotiated the City of Chicago’s contract with Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that owns the(…)

New leaders named for UCMC, U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago boards of trustees announced new members last week. Emily Nicklin was named chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. Nicklin works as a corporate litigator at Kirkland and Ellis LLP and has been a trustee at the(…)

Longtime Lab educator retires

Longtime Lab educator retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Beatrice Harris, home economics teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Middle School, announced her retirement after 40 years as an educator. She said her goodbyes to the school during her keynote address at the middle school graduation. Harris taught home economics at the Lab School, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago. The long, low wall that extends from the eastern(…)