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Appeal seeks to halt construction on Vue53 building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Neighbors surrounding the former McMobil site have filed an appeal they hope will prevent a 155-foot-tall building from going up in their backyard. The appeal was filed on July 17 in the First Judicial District Appellate Court of Illinois. Michael Scott, James DesJardins, Mark Graham and Lorraine Pettigrew, who all(…)

Chicago Public Schools puts Shoesmith Elementary at top tier

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Shoesmith Elementary School’s rating has been elevated to the Tier 1 level. Tier 1 is the highest-ranking a public school can receive. At Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., 59.2 percent of 2nd through 6th graders now meet or exceed the 50 percentile in reading on the Northwest Evaluation Association(…)

Logan Center screening showcases student films

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A public screening will highlight student projects this Wednesday evening, Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at screening room 201 in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The culmination of the summer filmmaking class “Think It! Make It! Screen It!,” the(…)

Rapper Common’s inaugural AAHH FEST! relocated to Union Park

The Common Ground Foundation’s inaugural concert AAHH FEST! has been moved from Jackson Park to Union Park and cut a day short. The annual event, originally planned to take place the weekend of Sept. 20 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive is now slated for Union Park on Sunday, Sept. 21. Last April, South Side native(…)

Registration open for Marsha’s Music

Registration is currently open for Marsha’s Music Together’s fall semester classes. The fall semester for Marsha’s Music Together is 10 weeks, Sept. 12 through Nov. 23, and features the Bongos Song Collection. Classes are held at Joan’s Studio in Hyde Park, 1438 E. 57th St. The music school also offers a family music jam once(…)

Little Black Pearl to host fundraiser at 39th Street Beach

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In association with the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” series – an effort to encourage summer programming in neighborhood parks – the Little Black Pearl (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., will host their upcoming fundraiser, Pearl Fest, by 39th Street Beach, 1099 E. Oakwood Blvd. The(…)

Growing Chicago seafood chain coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A growing local chain of seafood restaurants is coming to Hyde Park. Red Snapper co-owner Khalil H. Khalil is expecting to open his fast food chain’s sixth Chicago store at 1418 E. 53rd St. within the next two weeks. Named after its signature fish dinner, Red Snapper serves dishes ranging(…)

Reach to be relevant falls flat

Reach to be relevant falls flat

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What can be done to make classical music events more relevant? This is a question which comes and goes, but never actually goes away. “The Legend of the Northern Lights,” which had its world premiere at the Grant Park Music Festival last weekend, may have something to contribute to(…)