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Steep price tag for repair of historic Kenwood mansions

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer To restore the decaying Frank Lloyd Wright houses at the center of a controversy in South Kenwood will take between $4 and $5 million, in addition to their purchase prices. The Blossom and McArthur houses have languished on the real estate market since fall of 2012. The McArthur house, 4852(…)

Didjeridu meditation Saturday

Didjeridu meditation Saturday

Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting its quarterly Worldwide Didjeridu Mediation event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday. This free event is a period of sound healing mediation that features the Chicago Didjeridu Chorus. They will welcome in the new season with various instruments including the didjeridu, which is a 6,000(…)

Jay Travis eyes Springfield

Jay Travis eyes Springfield

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As a young girl growing up in Bronzeville, Jay Travis heard stories of her grandmother standing up to slumlords in the 1950s and ’60s and witnessed her father’s involvement with several civil rights movements. She said seeing the positive effects of people who used their own power to stand(…)

Business owner extols New Hyde Park

To the Editor: I have been a lifelong resident of Hyde Park, and I am a business and property owner here. I understand the pulse of the streets, the heart of the people and the desperate need for growth. To watch the transformation of the 53rd Street corridor take place is electrifying and well overdue.(…)

A booster for new Hyde Park stores

To the Editor: Hyde Park has been my home since 1999, when I moved here as a high school student with my mom. I loved it; it was a true community. All the kids grew up together, went to school together, played sports together and knew each other’s parents. And it was diverse, certainly more(…)

A coach with a vision takes the lead at Kenwood Academy

A coach with a vision takes the lead at Kenwood Academy

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Bill Kluber Position: Athletic Director School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Bill Kluber is entering his first season as the athletic director for Kenwood Academy. He teaches physical education to students enrolled in the 7th and 8th grade Academic Center on campus. Kluber originally attended the University of Iowa and(…)

Nancy Hays to be honored

Nancy Hays to be honored

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When she was asked to list her achievements and honors, Nancy Hays told her high school alumnae association that she was arrested in 1965 “during a pro-park, anti-highway protest.” Nancy Campbell Hays left an indelible mark on Hyde Park before she died in 2007. The Chicago Park District will likely(…)

La Rabida drive continues

La Rabida drive continues

This holiday season, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Hyde Park Herald are teaming up to support some of the neediest families that make use of the hospital’s award-winning facilities. While the hospital is a unique place in large part because of the special children who visit there, the volunteers and staff of the hospital(…)