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Ancien Cycles welcomed into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood last night with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Hales beats Butler, advances to second round of IHSA Playoffs

Hales beats Butler, advances to second round of IHSA Playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Thanks to the one-two scoring punch of Milton Wordlow (26 points and 13 assist) and Austin Trice (12 points and 11 rebounds), the Hales Franciscan High School Spartans prevailed over Butler Prep Academy High School 67-55 Feb. 24 in the first round of the 2016 Illinois High School Association 2A Basketball State Playoffs held at Bowen High School. “We(…)

A trio of concerts: from Hyde Park to the South Loop

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Philip Glass, one of the world’s most popular and influential living composers, capped off a three-day residency at the University of Chicago at the end of February with a concert devoted to his entire output of piano etudes. Glass himself and four other pianists, hosted by University of Chicago(…)

Review: “If/Then”

Review: “If/Then”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through March 6 Tickets: $25-$98 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The national tour of the Broadway musical “If/Then,” at the Oriental Theatre for a brief run, boasts an interesting concept and strong credentials, but it’s disappointing for a variety of reasons. The show(…)

Jackson Park is not for profit

To the Editor: Jackson Park is a sanctuary. It is a haven. Jackson Park is everyone’s Sanctuary. Jackson Park is not for profit. It is not for anyone’s exploitation. My highest priority is the protection and preservation of the Wooded Island, the bird sanctuary and the Bowling Green. For 50 years I have cared about(…)

Christian Mitchell is no friend of public education

To the Editor: The Herald gets it wrong: Christian Mitchell is no friend of public education. He IS a friend of the charter school expansion and anti-union movement that has donated more than $150,000 to his campaigns through organizations such as Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform and individuals such as Eli Broad(…)

CIMMfest expands to Hyde Park

CIMMfest expands to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The eighth annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is expanding to Hyde Park in April. CIMMfest dubs itself as a non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing together filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences from around the globe as an interactive cultural event. The fest takes place from April 13-17(…)

HP institutions get grants

HP institutions get grants

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The MacArthur Foundation and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children awarded two Hyde Park organizations recently with grants to further their supportive programs for the community. The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave., and the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS), 5467 S. University Ave., both received separate(…)

Endorsing spin,ignoring facts insults readers

To the Editor:  Seasoned news professionals check their facts and know how to separate truth from spin. So it was shocking to see the Hyde Park Herald print the unsubstantiated claims of a desperate incumbent who will say anything to hold onto his seat — including taking credit for other hard-working legislators’ work. The Herald(…)

Music at the farmers market

Music at the farmers market

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Special Service Area (SSA) is looking for live musicians to spice up the shopping atmosphere during the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market 2016 market season, this Spring. “Last year we had a few musicians perform unannounced on an informal basis, and it was a great addition to the ambiance of(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015, the most recent post on Feb. 20. In(…)

Kenwood loses two staff members in more budget cuts from CPS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced yesterday that on top of $120 million in budget cuts and layoffs in the administrative department so far this year, that even more layoffs will have to be made, including teachers. CPS will cut 62 employees including 17 teachers. Due to the cuts, Kenwood Academy(…)

DuSable kicks off series on race and the media

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a panel of acclaimed Black filmmakers and musicians on Friday, March 11, for a discussion on race and the entertainment business. The event is titled “Hollywood Comes to the Du.” It will be moderated by CBS reporter,(…)

Community says farewell to Michael McGuire, Supreme Jewelers

Community says farewell to Michael McGuire, Supreme Jewelers

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community members gathered today to celebrate Michael McGuire, the owner of Supreme Jewelers, on his 56 years of serving the Hyde Park neighborhood. McGuire will be retiring and closing the storefront, 1515 E. 53rd St., on March 26, but before he shuts his door for the last time, Hyde Park(…)

Shrine Saved

Shrine Saved

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., has staved off the demolition of its church home. On Sunday Feb. 28, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that it had deeded the fire-ravaged property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, who’s congregation, with the(…)

Parking still a concern for 53rd St. boutique hotel

Parking still a concern for 53rd St. boutique hotel

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As plans for the proposed 53rd St. boutique hotel become more defined, developers attempt to ease the parking concerns of Hyde Park residents. At a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, at which Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the boutique hotel developers fielded questions from neighborhood residents, anxieties were once(…)

Bernie Sanders makes intimate visit to U. of C.

Bernie Sanders makes intimate visit to U. of C.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students were “feeling the bern,” Feb. 24, when Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stopped by the campus for the second time during his campaign. The private, invite-only event was for university students only and was for a live taping of MSNBC’s College Hardball(…)

Diversity job fair on Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Saturday, Feb. 27, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is hosting a job fair aimed at teachers, staff and administrators of color interested in careers at independent schools. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon at Gordon Parks Arts Hall, 5815 S. Kimbark Ave. Latin School of Chicago and(…)

Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic changes ownership

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 35 years, Dr. Thomas Wake has served Hyde Park residents at the Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic. Wake recently announced that he and Dr. Marcia Hutchings will be turning over the business to Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Joe Whalen. Williams, the medical director at the clinic, has(…)

Historic property near the potential Obama library site is on sale

Historic property near the potential Obama library site is on sale

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The historic Chicago Orphan Asylum Building, 5120 S. King Dr., is up for sale, and it’s catching the attention of out-of-state hotel corporations, according to the property’s realtor Ebonie Caldwell. The three story, 55,000 square foot building, which is currently being used by The Chicago Baptist Institute, sits directly across(…)