Monthly Archives: July 2013

“Chicago Fire” comes to Hyde Park

“Chicago Fire” comes to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” is filming a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park this week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)

Chaka Khan coming to Hyde Park this weekend

Chaka Khan coming to Hyde Park this weekend

A weekend of celebration in Chicago is set for ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist and former Hyde Parker Chaka Khan. The city is honoring her with a street named in her honor and the declaration of Chaka Khan Day.

Comfort comes to Hyde Park

Lincoln Park boutique Comfort Me is establishing a temporary location in Hyde Park, joining Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., and Kilwins Chocolate, 5226 S. Harper Ave., in inaugurating the space near the new Harper Court development. The retailer’s lease runs through January, and Vice President Alyssa Thomas says Comfort Me is looking to move(…)

Hales accepts female students

Hales accepts female students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hales Franciscan High School Board of Trustees voted to allow female students to enroll in the school starting the 2013-2014 school year. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is known as one of three historically Black Catholic high schools in the nation. It is also known as a(…)

Locals to see CPS master plan

Locals to see CPS master plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools will host a meeting in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood to give a presentation about its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan. On Aug. 22, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Public Act 097-0474, amending the Illinois School Code by adding requirements related to School Action and Facility Master(…)

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Andrew Holzman Herald Intern An email sent by the University of Chicago to its community Tuesday morning warned of a gas leak at 59th Street and Ellis Avenue. A spokesperson for the university said that a gas line had been struck during ongoing excavation in the area. After an evacuation and street closure in the(…)

METROsquash leaving Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer METROsquash, an after-school program in Hyde Park that uses the sport of squash as a vehicle for its students to excel physically and academically, has outgrown its current location and is working toward securing a new facility.  Over the past eight years METROsquash has served more than 150 students(…)

New play group for kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents have a new option for having fun with their kids. Last weekend, Chicago Playpen opened its doors as an environment where children from 6 months to 8-years-old can learn through play. “We specialize in sneaky education,” owner, Anika McNeill said. “A lot of times when kids are(…)

Bulls player chips in

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nazr Mohammed, Chicago Bulls player and Kenwood Academy High School alumnus, will host the Nazr Foundation’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser for charity at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Pazzo’s, 311 S. Wacker Dr. The event will feature an open bar, raffle, music and dancing. Mohammed, who recently returned(…)

Urban Renewal recalled

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers past and present are invited to share their memories of Urban Renewal with each other. The fifth annual Hyde Park Stories program will focus on the events and lasting impressions that urban renewal left on Hyde Park. The University of Chicago led the local initiative of the nation-wide(…)

Local parks getting boost

Local parks getting boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction has begun on the first 50 of 300 of Chicago’s aging playgrounds, which include Harold Washington, Bessie Coleman and Jackson parks. Earlier this month Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District (CPD)  CEO Michael P. Kelly broke ground on a new playground at Harding Playground, 3921 W. Division(…)

Ray Lahood to join Axelrod team

Ray LaHood recently joined the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Board of Advisors. The Institute of Politics is a non-partisan program directed by former Obama Administration senior advisor David Axelrod. The former transportation secretary served under the Obama Administration and was seven-term Illinois Republican congressman. The board also includes New York Times political columnist(…)

“Hall of Khan” closes with a splash

The Hyde Park Art Center will mark the Saturday, July 27 closing of its exhibit by former artist-in-residence Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, “Hall of Khan,” with a horse parade viewing. Hulsebos-Spofford will discuss his work centering around horses at the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., during the first hour of the exhibit’s closing ceremony. Afterward, the(…)

Grant Park Orchestra triumphs in Millenium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last Wednesday, just as the heat wave began to lose steam, it was a perfect night for an outdoor concert. The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park had gentle breezes which wafted the attractive scent of the foliage nearby. It was the perfect accompaniment to the music of the Grant(…)

Review: Review: “The Jungle Book”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Aug. 18 Tickets: $27-$125 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Centering a whole show around a child can be a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s a coming-of-age story requiring the kid to grow and develop emotionally. But when you’re adapting the beloved 1967(…)

AfriCobra exhibit turns to recent contributors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The DuSable Museum of African American History will on July 26 open the final exhibit in a three-part show on the South Side artist collective AfriCobra, also known as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Located at 740 E. 56th Pl., “AfriCobra: Art and Impact,” which includes(…)

OI links past and present

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute is prepping for its Aug. 20 opening of the “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” exhibit. The show includes photos of Hyde Park residents and compares the work they do now to its origins. “We’re making connections between the ancient world and the modern world,”(…)

Local youth dreams of big leagues

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Eleven young Hyde Parkers are headed to Puerto Rico for a baseball tournament. “The Lou Collier Baseball Stars,” a team comprising two nine-year-olds, an eight-year-old and eight 10-year-olds, is at the top of one of the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ American regions, and will face off against nine other champion(…)

Popcorn lady files Metra complaint

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Gloria Henderson, former owner of Glorious Confectionery, a popcorn shop once located at 1551 E. 51st St., filed a complaint June 20 with the Circuit Court of Cook County against her onetime landlord, Metra. Henderson, whose five-year lease for the space located under Metra’s train tracks ended April(…)

We won justice before. We can win it again.

By Tim Black People refer to him simply as “Trayvon.” As if we knew him personally. We identify so closely with him and with his parents. We think of Trayvon as a beloved young son of the entire African American people. His anguished parents displayed great dignity throughout the trial. Around our kitchen tables, it’s(…)