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New boutique coming 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(…)

Village Drop-In adds event

On Aug. 7, seniors attending the Chicago Hyde Park Village Drop-In Program will have the opportunity to participate in a free sample event hosted by the oral history company Vintage. The event will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Participating seniors will have the choice(…)

Piccolo Mondo revamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will close for two weeks but will return with an Argentine bakery. After Monday, Aug. 5, Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., will close for renovations on its building. It will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 18. Restaurant owner Norberto Zas brought Diego Cureses in as the pastry chef.(…)

New exhibit opening at Logan Center

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. will be presenting “Word Becomes Flesh” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Word Becomes Flesh” is written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a New York City native and current director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for(…)

Muddy Waters home under under threat; locals helping out

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One of Muddy Waters’ final performances was at the legendary blues club The Checkerboard Lounge, and that club will help preserve his legacy through a fundraiser this fall. Waters spent decades playing impromptu jam sessions on the porch of his home at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. The house has(…)

Chaka Khan reflects on her history in Hyde Park

Chaka Khan reflects on her history in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A weekend of celebration in Chicago just passed for 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist and former Hyde Parker Chaka Khan. The city honored her with a street naming ceremony and the declaration of Chaka Khan Day. The ceremony to name Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets Chaka Khan Way(…)

Bobby Rush introduces trauma center bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Congressman Bobby Rush (D-1) introduced a bill that would allocate $100 million in federal money to create trauma care centers nationwide. The Trauma Relief Access for Universal Medical Assistance (TRAUMA) Act would appropriate the money to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a series of grants totaling(…)

Ray rescinds budget, joins TIF fight

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) wrote a letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stating that the school will not accept the proposed budget given to them from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In its attempt to dissolve its deficit, CPS, which the mayor governs, has cut school(…)