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Kenwood resident starts pizza franchise

Kenwood resident starts pizza franchise

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An entrepreneur from Kenwood will be the first to introduce the Persona Pizzeria franchise to the Midwest region when a Loop location opens in mid-July. Greg Dunn said he had been looking to own a franchise when he found the new, fast casual pizza restaurant that serves both specialty pizzas(…)

U. of C. students rally to democratize the university

U. of C. students rally to democratize the university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The (I)IRON Student Network, a coalition of University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organizations, held an on-campus rally, Thursday, May 19, that drew just over 200 people. Organizers said that the event, loosely titled “The Protest to Democratize the University,” aimed to highlight the institution’s persistent neglect of student-body(…)

Akiba student competes in National Spelling Bee

Akiba student competes in National Spelling Bee

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park student is competing in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee this week in National Harbor, Md. Sarah Campbell is an eighth grade student at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., and has been involved in spelling bees since she was in third grade. At first,(…)

Montgomery Place promotes interaction through play

Montgomery Place promotes interaction through play

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., is holding a special event on Thursday, June 9, to promote a playful lifestyle in older age. Resident of 10 years, Phyllis Booth, is organizing the “Enriching Our Lives Through Playful Connections” event, which includes lunch and a tour, beginning at 11 a.m. “The(…)

Harper Court Summer Music Series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, May 25, the Harper Court Summer Music Series kicks off the beginning of warmer months and live outdoor music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The series was a success last summer, and so the four-part event is being brought back(…)

More CPS budget cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, May 17, select Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals found out their budgets for the 2016-17 school year and the cuts are projected at 20 to 30 percent for each school’s budget. Gregory Jones, principal at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., was one of the principals(…)

69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One of Hyde Park’s longstanding traditions returns this year to bring the community together through art. The 69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair will take place June 4-5, and will feature artists from across the country. The 57th Street Art Fair began in 1948 and was first held over a(…)

Harper Court music series returns for summer season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, the Harper Court Summer Music Series kicks off the beginning of warmer months and live outdoor music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The series put on by the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and Eric Williams of(…)

DuSable hosts Walter Dyett tribute concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th PL., will host a tribute concert to Captain Walter H. Dyett, one of the Godfathers of Chicago Jazz, on July 23. The concert is billed as a centennial celebration of The Great Migration and will feature Chicago musicians playing the(…)

Sen. Raoul supports elected school board, plans on community meetings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul, (D-13), has sponsored a plan in favor of an elected school board for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The House Bill 557, which calls for a democratic process in CPS’ school board, passed the House on March 3 in a 110-4 margin and is currently under consideration(…)

Interactive, digital timeline explores Jackson Park history

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at gardenofthephoenix.org, was created by Project 120(…)

Violence and mental health the focus of discussion at Harper Theater

Violence and mental health the focus of discussion at Harper Theater

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The most likely cause of death for Black men in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 34 is murder, according to the Center for Disease Control. A group of anti-violence activists asked Hyde Park residents to think long and hard about this reality, at a presentation in Harper(…)

Renaissance Society gets its largest donation ever

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Renaissance Society, 5311 S. Ellis Ave., announced today that it has received the largest collective gift in its 100-year history, totaling $1.5 million to go towards the institution’s programming. The Edlis Neeson Foundation, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation each pledged $500,000 to the Renaissance(…)

5k run benefits diaper drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Saturday, May 21, the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and 5K Run will take place from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Jackson Park, hosted by Douglas of Chicago. The event’s proceeds will support the Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends (S.W.A.D.D.L.E) Diaper Bank, an organization that provides(…)

Hyde Park robberies in May

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Police are warning Hyde Park residents of a string of robberies that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. Police said that in each of the instances, two Black males, 18 to 32 years of age, standing between 5’6″ and 5’8″ tall and weighing 140-180 lbs., approached victims and demanded personal(…)

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A CTA bus collided with a Nissan sedan in the 5400 block of South Lake Park Avenue, Wednesday, at approximately 2:15 p.m. While none of the three occupants in the Nissan were hurt, a small number of CTA passengers reported injuries, according to responders at the scene. Jade Rhea, one(…)

Trauma Care Coalition hosts town hall meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the University of Chicago (U. of C.) moves forward with its healthcare expansion plan, trauma center activists are continuing the fight to assure that the university’s proposal truly embraces the surrounding communities. On Thursday, May 19, the Trauma Care Coalition, a collective of activists that brought a national spotlight(…)

Whole Foods opens in June

Whole Foods opens in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The opening date for Whole Foods in the City Hyde Park development is set for Wednesday, June 22. Whole Foods’ own version of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony,” is set for 8:45 a.m. and the store will be open for shopping at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers(…)

Aging is an issue that affects us all

To the Editor: Thank you to the Herald for the good pictures of the community forum discussion on May 7 of our important consideration of issues that affect us all.   This forum was organized by the Chicago Hyde Park group of OWL ~ The Voice of Women 40+, on the topic of the 2016 Mother’s(…)

Community members made first Blackstone book sale a success

To the Editor: We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Hyde Park-Kenwood community for making the first Spring Book Sale to Benefit Blackstone Library a success. Come rain or shine, the community really showed its love of Blackstone and of books! Thank you to all the volunteers who sorted, packed, moved(…)