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French film in the park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council (HWPAC), along with the French Consulate of Chicago, will host a special foreign film on Friday, Sept. 16. The French film “The Class” will screen at the park at 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., in French but with English subtitles. A short concert will(…)

Community meeting on Obama Library to discuss benefits agreement

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) is partnering up with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) again to host the second community meeting about the Obama Presidential Library this Wednesday, Aug. 10. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake(…)

CPS announces staff layoffs, how area schools will be affected

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced annual staffing changes for the upcoming school year for staff members across the district. Several schools in Hyde Park will be affected by the cuts. In total, 508 teachers from 387 schools will be impacted. In addition, 521 school support personnel will be(…)

Oriental Institute to host program teaching children about writing

 Herald Intern The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will host a program for children to teach them about the evolution of writing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The event will be hands-on and will present a timeline of how writing began, changed, branched into different alphabets, and(…)

Target announces opening date, job fairs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Target that will be located inside of Vue53, 1346 E. 53rd St., announced that it will be opening for shoppers on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The retailer plans to host two job fairs to hire a total of 75 employees at the Hyde Park location. Job fairs will take place(…)

U of C to form community advisory board for trauma center

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Following the December 2015 announcement that the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) will build a level I trauma center on its Hyde Park campus, the university is now seeking this input on the logistics of the center. The university is forming a 15-person community advisory board to work with(…)

Student organization wary of UCPD expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organization is pushing back against the school’s plans to grow its private police force, whose coverage zone extends from 37th Street to 64th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. In a July 27 statement, university President Robert Zimmer announced(…)

Network 9 gets new chief

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Felicia Sanders is the new Network Chief for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Network 9, which includes schools within the Hyde Park, Bronzeville and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Sanders, who replaced former Network 9 Chief, Jerrold Washington, has worked at CPS for 25 years, more recently as a deputy network chief. Network Chiefs(…)

“Bixler is Back” celebration this Saturday

Bixler Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., closed briefly last month after the playground’s equipment was torn down as part of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program. To celebrate its re-opening, the Bixler Playlot Park Advisory Council will host a “Bixler is Back” bash tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the park. The event(…)

WHPK closes temporarily due to bedbugs

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern University of Chicago’s radio station WHPK, which broadcasts to Hyde Park and the South Side, has been temporarily closed due to a bed bug outbreak at its studio in the university’s Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. According to a statement from the university News Office, the station’s studio has been closed(…)

Hats in the ring: Three community members announce run for 4th Ward Alderman

Since Will Burns’ untimely resignation in March, many community members have been focusing on the future of aldermanic leadership for the 4th Ward, which covers parts of Bronzeville, Kenwood and Hyde Park. Thursday night, Aug. 4, three community members announced their plans to run in the special election for 4th Ward Alderman in February 2017.(…)

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Keenan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Harris Thacker, who is now an award-winning actress, will lead her first W.A.Y. (Who Are You) acting class from 10(…)

CPS Back-to-school events prepare students 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(…)

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp on University of Chicago campus

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.(…)

Police search for two men connected to several Hyde Park robberies

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) issued three security alerts involving suspects that the victims described as two African American males, 17-20 years-of-age, one wearing a blue jogging suit, the other wearing a green jogging suit driving a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler. The first incident was reported at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday,(…)

Hey ding a ding a ding: Shakespeare on the South Side

Hey ding a ding a ding: Shakespeare on the South Side

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic William Shakespeare died in 1616 and cultural institutions the world over are celebrating Shakespeare 400, a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his death. Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, sponsored by the Chicago Park District, is just one small part of this massive celebration. One of their events took(…)

Review: “Between  Riverside and Crazy”

Review: “Between Riverside and Crazy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 21 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nothing is as it seems in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the messy dysfunctional extended-family drama enjoying a well-acted Chicago premiere directed by Yasen Peyankov at(…)

CAF features Hyde Park in Studio Gang tour

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is hosting a tour of Studio Gang architecture in Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 6. The tour will highlight Jeanne Gang’s designs of City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave.; the renovation of the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Dr., and a peak at the almost(…)