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Jay Travis to Christian Mitchell: Time for you to walk the walk

To the Editor:  I’m not surprised that State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) can’t get his facts straight about my support for fair tax initiatives in Illinois. He is, after all, a politician who claims to be progressive — but who’s abandoned progressive positions when it really matters. He must have missed my call for a(…)

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Last week, Chicago held its breath while awaiting the outcome of a released video depicting a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Van Dyke was charged with(…)

Artist collaboration project brings Bach music to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will get a musical treat this week on Thursday when ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform in a Bach Marathon. Thanks to a collaboration between famed musician, Yo-Yo Ma, local artist Theaster Gates, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the University of Chicago (U. of(…)

Hyde Park featured in South Side documentary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Geoffrey Baer, host of numerous feature-length specials for WTTW, Chicago’s public media station, has dedicated his most recent documentary to the unique history of the city’s South Side neighborhoods. In the film, titled “Chicago’s South Side,” Baer spends some time chronicling Hyde Park, which he calls a “bastion of idealism(…)

Ari Roth visits at KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Acclaimed playwright and producer Ari Roth comes to Hyde Park this month as KAM Isaiah Israel’s Weinstein scholar-in-residence. From Dec. 4-5, Roth will give lectures and readings at the temple, located at 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Recently, Roth’s work surrounding the topic of Israel has caused some controversy. Last(…)

Silver Room hosts 18th anniversary celebration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., has settled into Hyde Park quite nicely over the past year. The store, which spent 17 years in Wicker Park before moving south, has become a hub for Hyde Park’s bohemians. Comparing his first year in Hyde Park with the 17 he spent(…)

Closures in Hyde Park result from university threat

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following an online threat of a shooting at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that surfaced last night, some Hyde Park businesses and schools shut their doors today for safety concerns. U. of C. announced last night that all classes and campus activates would be cancelled on Monday due(…)

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus to perform at Parker’s

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) will stop at Parker’s, A Natural Dog & Cat Market, 1342 E. 55th St., to perform selections from its holiday show “Miracle on Thirty-Funk Street!” Parker’s store manager Michael Sheets, a member of the chorus along with assistant store manager(…)

Report states UIC student responsible for threats of gun violence

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Illinois at Chicago released a statement, Monday, Nov. 30, at around noon, which said that one of its students living off-campus had been arrested as part of the FBI investigation into threats made against students and staff at University of Chicago (U. of C.) No threats were(…)

Security threat shuts down U. of C. campus

Security threat shuts down U. of C. campus

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A threat of gun violence made by an anonymous Internet user prompted University of Chicago to cancel classes and increase security in the Hyde Park community Monday, Nov. 29. According to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer, FBI counterterrorism officials first informed the university of the threat on Sunday, Nov.(…)

Obama Foundation moves closer to home

Obama Foundation moves closer to home

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following yesterday’s announcement of the appointment of Michael Strautmanis as the new Vice President of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation, the foundation also announced its new location in Hyde Park. The Obama Foundation, which is currently located in the Loop at 300 E. Randolph St., will move to the(…)

Black Friday celebrations

Black Friday celebrations

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, Nov. 27 two businesses will celebrate their success in Hyde Park. Sir & Madame, 5225 S. Harper Ct., will have an official grand opening party for their new location in Harper Court, and Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., will celebrate three years of success in(…)

HPSD takes the stage for 13th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Once a year, the lights at the Mandel Hall dim, the curtains open and the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) entertains the audience with their spectacular performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The 13th annual performance promises a holiday show to wow the community, and this year is no exception. From Dec.(…)

A Merry Rom-Com at Lyric Opera

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: Through Dec. 13 Phone: 312-332-2244 The holiday season is now upon us and that means that you can count on Lyric Opera of Chicago to have a feel-good opera on tap. This year it’s Franz Lehár’s(…)

Thank you from Indie City Writers

To the Editor: We’d like to thank the Hyde Park Herald for a wonderful article about the Indie City Writers. You really captured the spirit of our unique writers’ group. Indie City Writers is growing steadily and it’s nice to get the word out to the Hyde Park community about our readings, critiquing, prompt writing,(…)

It’s time for a tax revolt

To the Editor: I wrote earlier how dumbfounded I am with the reassessment of Hyde Park and Kenwood (a median increase of 25.22 percent with my own being over 36 percent). How did Joseph Berrios and his crew come up with those numbers? I say that this is the right moment for our neighborhoods to(…)

Hales hosts “Midnight Madness” Game

Hales hosts “Midnight Madness” Game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer To kick-off its 2015 basketball season, Hales Franciscan High School students, faculty and alumni teamed up to host its annual fundraiser event “Spartan’s Midnight Madness.” “We gathered here tonight for a special occasion to celebrate our tradition in basketball, while raising money for a good cause,” said Matthew Humphreys, former(…)

Obama Foundation chair speaks at charter gala

Obama Foundation chair speaks at charter gala

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) were only a few of the notable guests at a University of Chicago Charter School Gala, Saturday, Nov. 21, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., in which Obama(…)

Holiday hunger relief programs

Holiday hunger relief programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s that time of year where we indulge in second helpings and treat dessert as its own meal, but the abundance of delicious food for the holidays is not always the case for everyone. The hunger programs of Hyde Park work year round to ensure community members in need get(…)

A Hyde Park star is born

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most kids are learning multiplication and playing hide and seek, 8-year-old Grier Burke of Hyde Park is balancing school with her professional acting career. From Nov. 25 through Jan. 3, Burke will appear in the holiday production, “A Christmas Story”, directed by Nick Bowling at the Paramount Theatre in(…)