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Police issue alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police News Affairs issued a warning after a man attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into his vehicle on the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. News Affairs said an African American male, either in his late 30s or early 40s, with a dark complexion, bald head, heavy build(…)

Shoreland to have fastest internet in city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When residents begin moving into The Shoreland this September, they will have the fastest Internet service in any rental apartment in Chicago. MAC Property Management is nearly complete with the rehabilitation on the building, which operated as a luxury hotel for most of its life, and later as a dormitory.(…)

Resident links art and the outdoors

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern In recent years, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, called Art is Bonfire. Since 2011, Hyde Park resident Tiffanie Beatty has brought spoken word poets outdoors in this bi-annual social event. Beatty “wanted to create something a little more out(…)

Herald adds blog to online offerings

Herald adds blog to online offerings

The Hyde Park Herald has once again expanded its online offerings, adding a blog to its website, HeraldBlog. The focus of HeraldBlog is to increase opportunities for interactive participation by readers, according to Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan J. Walker. “We are embracing the trend of readers becoming contributors through HeraldBlog,” Walker said.(…)

Bikes beat cars at Medici

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s about to get much easier to ride your bike to Medici on 57th — and the surrounding business corridor — but it will also get slightly more difficult to drive there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have plans to install 25 bike parking corrals(…)

Ray needs leeway

For months, Antonia “Toni” Hill has been leading Ray Elementary School as its interim principal, following the removal of Tatia Beckwith. Owing to what has to be a technicality, Ray has been unable to conduct a formal search for a principal because the position is not officially vacant. Meanwhile, Hill has proven herself a capable(…)

Review: “Big Lake Big City”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave, When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $36-$79 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of “Big Lake Big City” opened at Lookingglass Theatre to great expectations. Local playwright Keith Huff catapulted to fame when his gritty two-character Chicago cop drama,(…)

Aging need not close off options

By ANDREW HOLZMAN You know the image well: an elderly man or woman sits at home, perhaps watching television, alone and depressed. This vision for retirement saturates our culture — we see the “crazy cat lady” trope repeated on television, and comments we make in passing reveal a view of getting old that seems primarily(…)

Ald. Burns ignoring needs of seniors

To the Editor: Dating back to April of 2012, seniors from Judge Slater Apartments and Judge Slater Annex, just north of 43rd Street on Cottage Grove Avenue, have mailed in excess of 30 letters of complaint to Ald. Will Burns (4th), the Chicago Housing Authority and others about the deplorable health and safety conditions that(…)

No. 28 bus should return to old route

To the Editor: I am disappointed with the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) promises to give us transit with the No. 28 bus to businesses along Lake Park Avenue up to 55th Street. As you know, the No. 6 and the No. 28 turn left on Hyde Park Boulevard, leaving those of us who live on(…)

Remember the star behind Chaka Khan

To the Editor: It’s nice to read that the 5000 block of South Blackstone Avenue will be honorarily named after former Kenwood High student Chaka Khan, as I am sure this will raise the market value of my 1978 Kenwood diploma. But I’m sure Ms. Khan would agree that an even longer length of nearby(…)

Millionaire digs discussed at OI

The University of Chicago is hosting a free lecture titled “The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings” at the Oriental Institute. Guest speaker John M. Adams, a Chicago native and director emeritus of the Orange County, Calif., Public Library, will discuss Theodore Davis, an American millionaire who(…)

HP jazz festival releases lineup

The Hyde Park Jazz festival released the schedule and lineup for its September event. This year’s event, which takes place in 13 venues throughout the neighborhood, is in its seventh year. More than 30 performers have been booked on 13 stages. Headliners include drummer Dana Hall, Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Anat Cohen and Douglas(…)

World’s fair grounds tour offered

A tour of the 1893 World’s Fair grounds will take place in Jackson Park on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The tour will be led by retired Chicago policeman and historian Ray Johnson and will begin at the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, located behind the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700(…)

Celebrate Hyde Park returns July 20 and 21

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers are getting ready to participate in the fourth annual Celebrate Hyde Park, the neighborhood’s biggest street festival. The annual street fest will take place on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. This year’s street fest will feature The Family Stone and Funkadesi as headliners. The Family Stone(…)

Summertime is bell time

By Maria Castellucci Herald Intern “The Bells of Summer,” a weekly musical event this summer and part of the 48th Annual Rockefeller Carillon Festival, features one performance each Sunday for 10 weeks by internationally known carillonneurs at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The first event was a Sunday, June 23 performance by(…)

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Employees at the Bridgeport Coffee Company’s second Chicago cafe will begin training next week, in the lead up to the store’s Aug. 1 opening, according to manager Kim Hayward. Most staff have already been chosen for the shop, located in Istria Cafe’s previous space at the Hyde Park(…)

Wall thrives through respect

Wall thrives through respect

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make(…)

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, will visit Chicago later this month for a street naming ceremony and established day proclamation. On Saturday, July 27 at 2pm, Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets will be named Chaka Khan Way. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Will(…)

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students from Kenwood Academy and Dyett high schools will join students from other nearby public schools this summer in the My Life, My Research, New Citizens program. The students will work together to devise violence prevention programs for their schools and communities. A grant given to Quad Community Development(…)