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What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) has replaced the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals with the Discover Hyde Park Experience Series, coinciding with the launch of a similarly titled webpage promoting Hyde Park. The series includes the neighborhood’s annual George Franklin Summer Memorial Summer Sunday concerts, Children’s Book Fair, Oktoberfest(…)

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Woodlawn vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies will be moving to 1450 E. 57th St., the former location of the now-closed Florian Restaurant. Although owner and Hyde Parker Gabrielle Darvassy has not yet set a date for the move, she says the new restaurant will feature an expanded menu and more locally(…)

Army Corps planning fishkill

Army Corps planning fishkill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and(…)

Ancona School selects new leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September, Frede will serve part time as head of school-elect alongside the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Frede, who is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago,(…)

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(…)