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Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks Evenings may be coming to Hyde Park at its 53rd Street location. The coffee shop chain has been offering late-night small plates and alcohol in select locations since 2012, primarily in downtown Chicago. The selling of coffee will still take precedence over the selling of alcohol. A few examples of Evenings offerings are truffle(…)

The bell tolls for thee – later

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, July 30, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that 82 high schools and elementary schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2015-16 school year. This change is expected to save CPS around $13.5 million this coming school year and is part of a district-wide streamlining of transportation(…)

Hyde Parker to chair American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors

Hyde Park resident Gail Hasbrouck, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Advocate Health Care, has been named chairman of the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors. As chairman, Hasbrouck, who has lived in Hyde Park since 1968, will lead a team of healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who(…)

Little Black Pearl goes Hollywood

Little Black Pearl goes Hollywood

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Students from the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy and the Best Buy Teen Tech Center worked on the set of a Hollywood film this summer, in partnership with members of the Chicago-based program Fresh Films. Fresh Films is a national filmmaking program for teens, with the final products(…)

A10 demonstrates what local can do

A10 demonstrates what local can do

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A10 is showing its customers that their favorite fruit or vegetable can be incorporated into just about any dish. The restaurant has partnered up with local farms and gardens to present its “Tour the Garden” dinner series. Every Wednesday from now until Aug. 26, A10 will feature one fruit or(…)

South Sider charged for bomb scare

South Sider charged for bomb scare

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A South Side resident has been charged with a felony after leaving a suspicious backpack one block from President Barack Obama’s home in Hyde Park. Marquez Hassell, 20, of the 5500 block of South La Salle Street, is being held by 2nd District police on a $250,000 bond and faces(…)

New board chair at Hyde Park Art Center

New board chair at Hyde Park Art Center

By SARAH PAN Herald intern Auction House founder and Hyde Park resident Richard Wright has been appointed new board chair of the Hyde Park Art Center. Wright, who was the board secretary prior to becoming chair, is founder and president of the Wright auction house, located in both Chicago and New York. He has also(…)

As Ellis Avenue Church’s garden blooms, the community takes notice

As Ellis Avenue Church’s garden blooms, the community takes notice

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern What used to be gravel paths and weeds surrounding Ellis Avenue Church is now a transformed wonder to the eyes. Stone paths curve around various thriving flowers of vibrant orange and reds, blues and purples, behind and in front of the dim yellow and green lined building. Shorter plants reach(…)

LaRabida tutoring gears up for new academic year

LaRabida tutoring gears up for new academic year

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer The tutoring program at La Rabida Children’s Hospital needs volunteers, and high school students are encouraged to apply. La Rabida, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., was founded in 1895 and treats children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and Down syndrome and runs both in-patient and outpatient programs. The tutoring program,(…)

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A boutique hotel may soon be coming to the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Hyde Park. At a meeting hosted by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Tuesday, July 28, developers from Smart Hotels LLC laid out preliminary plans for a 90-room hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has been frustrating beach goers lately due to the increasing lack of care for its facilities and features. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has been pushing for the Chicago Park District to make the interactive water feature at the beach more available(…)

Blossom house attracts worry

Blossom house attracts worry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) met last Thursday to discuss the proposed retention policy at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The council met to begin conversations on options for an updated retention policy at surrounding schools because of the current high retention rates, specifically among 3rd graders and minority(…)

Campus organization’s claims raise UCPD questions

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer In the current national climate surrounding campus police, the most remote events can have reverberations in Hyde Park. On July 19, an unarmed man was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop outside of campus confines. The officer has since pleaded not(…)

Aldermen probe allegations of backlogged rape kits; could impact local case

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Alds. Edward M. Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) have asked the City of Chicago Committee on Finance to examine a state laboratory’s backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving sexual assaults in Chicago. A Hyde Park resident said she has reached out to the aldermen to make plans to rally(…)

Hyde Parkers bash Metra app

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Metra is trying to modernize its paper ticket purchase system, but some Hyde Park organizations believe the company is going about it the wrong way. On July 22, Metra held a board meeting to defend its idea for a free ticket app, where riders would download tickets onto their smartphones(…)

Oral history project returns to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society invites the community to attend the Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program on Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., the goal of the event is to invite people to share their memories about faith(…)

Sibelius scores sparkle at Grant Park

Sibelius scores sparkle at Grant Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1956). To mark this milestone, the Grant Park Music Festival placed a trio of Sibelius compositions in a performance held last Tuesday night at the South Shore Cultural Center. The concert featured 20th and(…)

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books of Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While Writers Theatre is building an ultramodern new home, the ambitious Glencoe company is also showing off how much it has been able to accomplish in its tiny original space at(…)

Sparks fly at Hyde Park Metra stop

Saturday, July 25, at approximately 9 p.m., bright flashes of light could be seen emanating from the 51st Street Metra station in Hyde Park. Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis said the event was linked to the electrical problems of train 142, which left University Park at 7:40 p.m. The train’s difficulties culminated near the 51st Street(…)