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Residents give support to proposed 57th Street wine shop

Residents give support to proposed 57th Street wine shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members are getting behind a Hyde Park resident’s proposal to open a wine shop at 1448 E. 57th St. Steven Lucy, owner of Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., presented his plans for a 57th Street wine shop at a community meeting, Thursday night, to overwhelming support. About 50(…)

Budget cuts for CPS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced individual school budgets for the upcoming 2016-17 school year yesterday, July 14. For local neighborhood schools, the average budget cuts sit at about a 2.8 percent decrease from the previous budget, which is a lot smaller than the 20 to 30 percent cuts CPS predicted(…)

Museum of Science and Industry to host summer brick party

Museum of Science and Industry to host summer brick party

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lakeshore Dr., will host its inaugural Summer Brick Party tomorrow, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for families, and its MSI After Hours Brick Bash from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for adults. The museum is holding the two(…)

Binny’s to move to 47th Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Binny’s Beverage Depot in Hyde Park, located at 1531 E. 53rd St., will be relocating to a bigger location on 47th Street. The current location at the Hyde Park Bank Building is 3,500 square feet and with the move, the new store, located inside the shopping center at 1320(…)

Shoesmith provides free meals through CPS program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., is one of 50 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that are a part of the LunchStop Program that provides free meals in the summer. The summer meal program by CPS provides meals to both students of the school, as well as children 1(…)

DuSable to host Professor Giraldo Rosales

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern   The DuSable Museum of African-American history, 740 E 56th Pl., will host a discussion with Cuban Scholar and Activist, Professor Giraldo Rosales from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 15. Rosales will provide historical context for Cuban art movements such as the Grupo Antillano, a late 1970s-early 1980s group(…)

Chicago Urban League celebrates 100 years with summer cookout

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Urban League will celebrate its centennial with a community cookout in Washington Park on Saturday, July 23. The event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m., will offer free hotdogs, hamburgers and door-prizes. There will also be activities for children, a seniors lounge and music. The Chicago Urban(…)

Police alert community to Kenwood burglaries

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police sent out a community alert on Thursday, July 14, regarding a series of burglaries that have taken place in Kenwood in June and July. In each of the instances, police said offenders gained entry into a garage or a residence and took property from therein. The dates and(…)

Mexican sandwich restaurant to replace Packed

Mexican sandwich restaurant to replace Packed

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Cemitas Puebla, a family-owned Mexican sandwich restaurant, will move into the former location of Packed, 1321 E. 57th St., the dumpling shop that closed in May, according to the local food website Chicago Eater. Owner Tony Anteliz told the Eater that while he has not set a specific opening date,(…)

Artist hosts weekend pop-up

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local artist Joel Maxime Jr., also known as “Crave”, is hosting a collaborative event by bringing together designers and artists for a one-day pop-up shop this Saturday, July 16. Maxime’s “Hair-a-tage” series still lives on the side City Hyde Park development, 5105 S. Harper Ave., but he wants to showcase(…)

57th Street Books to host discussion with literary agent

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., will host an “Ask the Agent” fest on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. The agent, Lori Kilkelly from Rodeen Literary Management, will answer pre-selected questions about publishing, particularly in children’s literature, sent in by members of the audience before the event. The(…)

NPR storytelling show plants its feet in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Moth Radio Hour, a National Public Radio storytelling program, has extended its wings into Hyde Park. Tuesday marked the inaugural night of a monthly residency for The Moth at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. The Promontory will continue to host the storytelling event every second Tuesday of(…)

Police alert community to July robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police are warning community residents of two similar robbery incidents that occurred recently. Police said that in each of the instances, two Black males, 25-28 years of age, each weighing approximately 210 lbs., approach a victim on the street, place a sharp object in the victim’s back and seize(…)

Review:  “Chimerica”

Review: “Chimerica”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 31 Tickets: $22-$51 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lucy Kirkwood’s “Chimerica,” a London hit and winner of the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, is a not unfamiliar blend of mystery-thriller and newspaper procedural sparked by the iconic photo(…)

Review:  “Bat Boy: The Musical”

Review: “Bat Boy: The Musical”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through July 24 Tickets: $39.50 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Judging by the riotous audience response at the performance I attended (not the opening), Griffin Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of “Bat Boy: The Musical” has(…)

Op-Ed: Mikva’s Lesson on Democracy Resonates Today

I grew up four blocks away from Abner Mikva’s house in Evanston. In the late 70’s, my contact with then Congressman Mikva was limited to trips to his house on Halloween when he or one of his family members would hand out full size Hershey bars to the neighborhood ghosts and pirates. I appreciated his largesse so(…)

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson (nee Rosenberg) died on June 28 at the age of 94. Mendelson grew up in New Jersey, attended Newark College of Engineering and moved to Hyde Park in Chicago with her late husband Saul Mendelson in the late 1940’s. Later they moved to South Shore. Mendelson was active in politics and a generous(…)

Abner Mikva 1926-2016

Abner Mikva 1926-2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime Hyde Park resident and former local politician Abner Mikva passed away on Monday, July 4, at the age of 90. Mikva’s Hyde Park legacy began when he started as a student at the University of Chicago Law School in 1948. It was when he was living in Hyde Park(…)