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Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

By Alexis Miller Staff Writer The downtown crowds and humidity didn’t stop Hyde Park resident Rachel Keller from enjoying this year’s Taste of Chicago at Grant Park. Keller has been consistently coming to the Taste since she was in high school at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “I always loved the fact that I(…)

Local barista makes music his business

Local barista makes music his business

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer At the heart of Hyde Park there is an enterprising beat that resonates through many of the residents and those people drawn to the community. Fred Freeman, known as Oplus in the music industry, is one of those Hyde Parkers, who views the world from an entrepreneurial lens. Although you(…)

Ald. Burns, Pfleger speak on “Chiraq”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Rev. Michael Pfleger were featured in a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, July 9, that addressed the controversial title of Spike Lee’s latest film, “Chiraq.” Burns has been outspoken against the movie’s title for some time. He has gone so(…)

Focus Desk helps special learners

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Nancy Dellamore, once a Hyde Park Day School parent, is pioneering a new classroom desk that adapts to students’ learning styles. The Focus Desk, an easily-adjustable workstation, is a product of Marvel Group Inc., a Chicago-based furniture company that Dellamore and her husband co-own. For more than a decade, Dellamore(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie presents temporary budget for state

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to fund critical services and state workers’ salaries until August. The House passed the $2.3 billion temporary budget on a 71-19 vote. The fiscal year began July 1 with no comprehensive, annual budget in place. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

Part Fifteen: Taken for a Ride

Part Fifteen: Taken for a Ride

A monthly series presented by the Hyde Park Herald and Susan O’Connor Davis, author of “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” published by University of Chicago Press. By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS There are some who move from place to place without so much as a backward glance. But for many of us the thought of leaving the(…)

Review: Grant Park Music Festival weathers the storms

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Weather was certainly an annoying factor during the first week of the 2015 Grant Park Music Festival. The mid-week opening night was cool and looked to be rainy, which kept some people away even though the evening remained dry. On the other hand, the first Saturday night performance of(…)

Review: “Doubt: A Parable”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave. When: through July 19 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 773-975-8150 What’s a moral person to do when she becomes absolutely convinced that a great evil is being perpetrated even though she has no concrete proof and the powers that be make it impossible to rectify the(…)

Review: “The Birds”

Review: “The Birds”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 19 Tickets: $35 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Strangers stuck in claustrophobic surroundings with little chance of escape: It is a perfect scenario for a psychological thriller. Add the imminent apocalypse courtesy of terrifying creatures right outside,(…)

Local film maker previews work

Local film maker previews work

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers recently got a sneak preview of the director’s cut screening of the short film “B Love” at the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. “B-Love,” co-directed – by Shahari Moore, who is the Historian Emeritus for the Cosby Screenwriting Program at The(…)

Kenwood student joins the Icebox Derby

Kenwood student joins the Icebox Derby

By Emma Herman Herald Intern Kenwood resident and high school student Mikayola Martinez will be one of 30 girls competing this summer in the second annual Icebox Derby, hosted by ComEd. The competition, aimed at encouraging girls to study Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)-related fields, challenges the high schoolers to build race cars out(…)

Hyde Park farmers market roundup

Hyde Park farmers market roundup

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Hyde Park hosts two local farmers markets, which are especially popular during the summer season. An oasis in the food desert just beyond Hyde Park’s southern border, the 61st Street Farmers Market continues into summer with fresh goods of July seasonality, such as corn, green beans, tomatoes, melons, peaches and(…)

La Rabida ranks as one of the most beautiful hospitals in U.S.

La Rabida ranks as one of the most beautiful hospitals in U.S.

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern La Rabida Children’s Hospital has been designated one of the “20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.” by Soliant Health. La Rabida was nominated alongside more than 70 hospitals across the country, accumulating almost 4,000 votes in the month-long voting period out of almost 390,000 total. With those votes, La(…)

Dowell is shifting blame for missing units

To the Editor: In response to the column (“Planning requires everyone’s support” Hyde Park Herald, July 1, 2015), I find it very interesting that Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) would speak out about the guest column that reminds the public that the City of Chicago and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) refused to honor their commitment(…)

Kenwood coverage doesn’t ring true

To the Editor: Last week’s headline article “Kenwood center ready to move” has a version of history puzzlingly different from the Herald’s previous coverage. According to the article, “In wake of the school’s closing, Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a series of open meetings that explored how CPS should repurpose the Canter building. Behind a(…)

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers lined the sidewalks of 53rd Street just east of Lake Park Avenue Saturday morning to participate in the neighborhood’s annual Independence Day parade and picnic celebration, 4th on 53rd St. Dignitaries in the parade, which featured Joan Steggman as the Grand Marshal, included state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13),(…)

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic brings thousands to Jackson Park

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic brings thousands to Jackson Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Thousands of Chicagoans gathered in Jackson Park on the 4th of July to eat, drink and listen to Chicago house music from some of the most acclaimed DJs and performers in the country. Now in its 25th year, the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, which was started by a(…)

Chicago Free School relocates to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation

Chicago Free School relocates to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Free School seems to have found a stable home, at last, in the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The private, democratically run school, which serves grades preK-8th, operated out of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club for the 2014-2015 school year. Chicago Free School, now entering(…)

Beer and wine coming soon to Open Produce

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cheers — Hyde Parkers will soon be able to purchase beer and wine at Open Produce. Steven Lucy, the store’s founder and owner, expects that the first round of alcoholic beverages will be on sale within the next two weeks. Lucy has been pursuing a license to sell beer and(…)

Mothers march against gun violence in Hyde Park’s Independence Day parade

By Emma Herman Herald Intern On Saturday, members of the group Illinois Mothers Demand Action Against Gun Violence marched in Hyde Park’s 4th on 53rd Fourth of July parade, as well as in neighborhood parades across the state. Local members carried a banner with the hashtag #RisingforCharleston and signs with the group’s logo in order(…)