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Hyde Park residents challenged to help write neighborhood’s longest poem

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Indie City Writers group is seeking the help of community members as it tries to write the neighborhood’s longest poem. Community members of all ages and all writing skills will be invited to add lines to the 98-foot-long roll of paper at the community booth during the Hyde Park(…)

U. of C. evicts Clarke’s Diner

U. of C. evicts Clarke’s Diner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement today about Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., which is one of their tenants: “The University of Chicago is committed to attracting and supporting businesses that contribute to the vitality of Hyde Park and meet the needs of local residents and visitors,” said(…)

Residents talk benefits in building of Obama Presidential Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer South Side community members gathered for a second time last night to talk about what kind of benefits they want to see as residents of surrounding communities once the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is built in Jackson Park. The meeting, sponsored by the Southside Together Organizing for Power and the(…)

Marsha Ambrosius to perform at Promontory tonight

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Grammy-nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius will perform tonight at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Ambrosius, originally from Liverpool, England, will soon release a new solo album, “Friends & Lovers,” a combination of soul and hip-hop music. The album includes work with other musicians such as Charlie Wilson and Skye(…)

CTU prepares for upcoming CPS budget hearings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) plans to hold two budget hearings on Friday, Aug. 19. The hearings take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison St. These hearings follow the announcement of staff layoffs for the upcoming school year.(…)

Arts Incubator to host summer teen show

By SONIA SCHLESINGER
 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative and After School Matters Programs taught a six-week teen summer program at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., and tonight its pupils are ready to show off their work. The program included several different programs within it. There was a Community(…)

Less is more for Jackson Park

To the Editor: With the siting of the Obama Library in Jackson Park, and expansive talk of a “Museum Campus South”, it is even more important that plans for the rest of Jackson Park get more scrutiny.  As the surrounding neighborhood develops and land is sought to relocate the displaced track and athletic fields, there will(…)

Review: Exciting debut with Chicago Symphony  Orchestra at Ravinia

Review: Exciting debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in a gleaming and exciting debut at Ravinia, conducting two popular works last Tuesday night in the Ravinia Pavilion. Gimeno displayed both muscle and nuance in a marvelous performance of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, “From the New World.” From the outset(…)

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp at U. of C.

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp at U. of C.

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Chicago-native and Cornell University Junior Dejah Powell has been passionate about the environment for years. She has been involved in several environmental research opportunities and met former president Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative which focuses on issues of the environment, education and global poverty. This month, from Aug.(…)

Margaret (Peggy) Grant, 98

Margaret (Peggy) Grant, 98

Margaret (Peggy) Grant passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the age of 98.  Her affiliation with the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park was a central part of her life. Grant had been a Hyde Park resident as a teenager attending the University of Chicago Laboratory High School, and moved back for the rest of her(…)

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman is still six months away, but candidates are already lining up in hopes of landing on the Feb. 28 ballot. Former alderman Will Burns resigned in March, and since then, community members have been focusing on the future aldermanic leadership for the(…)

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Outrage over police violence has rocked the nation recently, and, since the November 2015 release of a video in which 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the Windy City has been right in the middle of it all. Less than a mile away from(…)

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After four years at Harold Washington Playlot Park (2010-2014), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., the South East Chicago Commission/Special Service Area of Hyde Park-sponsored (SECC/SSA) Farmers Market returned last summer to Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., where it had been originally. Since then, attendance has increased, according to SSA(…)

New fall fest brings Oktoberfest spirit to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is getting a new fall festival on Sept. 16 and 17 called “Brews, Brats and Brass-A Different Type of Oktoberfest.” The festival will be Hyde Park’s take on an Oktoberfest celebration, with fall crafted beers and ciders, sausage and bratwurst eats and live brass inspired bands taking over(…)

CPS hosts Back-to-School for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Jazz festival donates to Hyde Park Food Pantry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Food Pantry, located at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., received a generous donation from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. The annual weeklong Chi-Town Jazz Festival has been going on since 2010 and performs jazz concerts at various venues throughout the city. All proceeds from the(…)

Residents want Hyde Park/Indiana bus route restored

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Kenwood residents, senior citizens in Washington Park retirement homes, and interns at the Midwest academy met Monday, Aug. 1, at the Kennicott Park Field House, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., to discuss extension of the Bronzeville/Union Station (#1) bus route to 64th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The route ran(…)

Ancona adds garden to Outdoor Learning Space

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final phase of the Outdoor Learning Space at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., will be completed on Aug. 27 with the addition of a garden. The Outdoor Learning Space was completed at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year and includes an expansive playground, a nature area with(…)

Oral history returns at Hyde Park Historical Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) 8th Annual Oral History Program will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program focuses on sharing memories and stories about Hyde Park experiences throughout the years. This year’s theme for the program is “Memories of Hyde Park(…)

SMART Museum to host Red Line Service speaker series

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Red Line Service, an organization that does art projects and other cultural programming with Chicago’s homeless population, is coming to the University of Chicago’s SMART Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., this month. The group will host multiple conversations about what life is like for the homeless population, or(…)