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Lunch with heart at hashtag event

Lunch with heart at hashtag event

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A humanity service movement has made Hyde Park its permanent home for its monthly workshops at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. #HashtagLunchbag started out as a small community service effort in California that took social media by storm when people used the hashtag, “#HashtagLunchbag” in their social media(…)

Jackson Park lagoon thriving

Jackson Park lagoon thriving

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Last winter, as part of the $5-$10 million federally funded project to restore Jackson Park’s native habitats, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) poisoned the Jackson Park lagoon for the purpose of killing its invasive species of fish. Rotenone, a naturally occurring, plant-derived insecticide, was used to eliminate the(…)

Review: “Gem of the Ocean”

Review: “Gem of the Ocean”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Oct. 11 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed the world premiere of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” at Goodman Theatre in 2003, I described it as “melodrama meets magical realism” with a “mysterious, mystical, metaphorical” quality and language(…)

Burns doesn’t get his facts straight

To the Editor: While Alderman Burns and I don’t agree on much, I do concur with one phrase in his recent letter to the editor; that phrase is “the facts are the facts.” The decision to close a school is both highly politicized and racialized, as school closings have had a disparate impact on African(…)

Canter reference is inaccurate

To the Editor, I’m writing to correct an unfortunate error in reporting on the reason for Canter Middle School’s closure, reported in the Herald’s article titled “Kenwood Academic Center Has First Day in New Building” (9/16/15 issue).  Let’s keep the public record accurate:  Canter was NOT closed due to underperformance, as the article erroneously reports,(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

Hyde Park Jazz Festival wraps up smooth and in style

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer All corners of Hyde Park collided on the Midway Sunday, Sept. 27, to close out a weekend of jazz. The Willie Pickens Quartet played the sun down as jazz festival goers stretched out on blankets and meandered through an avenue of food and clothing vendors. Luke Townsend, a lawyer and(…)

Dyett boundaries topic of discussion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a public hearing Friday evening, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) talked about the proposed boundaries for Dyett. ac The public meeting about Dyett’s boundaries was held at the Chicago Board of Education Chambers, 42 W. Madison St. The proposed areas for Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., include Dr. Martin Luther(…)

Chicago Academy of Music opens in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A new music school with high ambitions and world-renowned instructors has opened in Hyde Park. Founded by jazz percussionist Kahil El’Zabar and entrepreneur Michael Carter Scott, The Chicago Academy of Music is a pre-college conservatory that pairs highly acclaimed musicians with budding youth talent. Its founders said that the conservatory(…)

Community, local officials respond to recent shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community residents and local officials gathered on Monday, Sept. 21, to address a recent Kenwood Park shooting that has left the neighborhood on edge. The meeting, hosted by St. Paul and The Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., focused mostly on the question of how a neighborhood should proceed in(…)

Tenants claim building neglect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Residents of 5327 S. Cornell Ave., a Single Room Housing (SRO) complex geared toward low-income and disabled tenants, are saying that building damages, infestations and mismanagement have made living in the building intolerable. Tracie Harper, along with neighboring tenants, was placed into the complex at 5327 S. Cornell through the(…)

Hyde Park walking history tells neighborhood’s stories

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of Hyde Park goes back long before the Harper Court shops, the high rise apartment buildings and even Lake Park Avenue. Urban renewal has played a huge role in how Hyde Park is today, and continues to do so for the neighborhood’s future. Max Grinnell, an urbanologist, is(…)

Review: Muti marvelous in CSO season opener

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened its 125th anniversary season Thursday night with Riccardo Muti at the podium leading the orchestra in works by Liszt, Mozart and Beethoven. Symphony Center was packed well before Muti took to the stage with a microphone to begin the evening with remarks lasting several(…)

Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor Union workers are our neighbors, family members and are community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest addition to Hyde Park housing, City Hyde Park, has begun the pre-leasing process for when the apartment complex opens up in late December. City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., will allow future residents to move in beginning Dec. 21, with rent starting at $1,800 for the cheapest(…)

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer During its stay in Chicago, UniverSoul Circus, an interactive show that combines circus arts with musical theater, plans on imparting an important message to local youth: Your Life Matters. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the UniverSoul Circus big top, located in Washington Park at East 51st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue,(…)

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), visited his alma mater, University of Chicago (U. of C.), Monday morning as part of the university’s Institute of Politics Road to 2016 series. Sanders, who graduated from U. of C. in 1964, returned to a packed house, full of mostly U. of(…)