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Designer brings “pop-in” shop to Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fashionistas will have the opportunity to rack up on clothing from Chicago-based designer, Jermikko Shoshanna, during her Labor Day weekend “pop-in” in Hyde Park. Shoshanna describes her visit as a “pop-in” shop as opposed to a pop up shop because she will be taking over the Anastasia Boutique, 1500 E.(…)

Review: Another summer at the Grant Park Music Festival ends

Review: Another summer at the Grant Park Music Festival ends

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As summer winds down, gasping for its last moments of hot sunshine (rather feebly at the moment), so too do the summer music festivals and outdoor concerts wane here in Chicago. I caught the penultimate concert of the summer season at the Grant Park Music Festival at the end(…)

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cirque du Soleil Big Top, United Center Parking Lot K, 1901 W. Madison St. When: through Sept. 20 Tickets: $35-$145 Phone: 877-924-7783 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Cirque du Soleil hasn’t pitched its blue-and-yellow tent at the United Center for four years, so it is especially exciting that the company is returning with(…)

CPD sends out missing girl alert

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Chicago Police Department released a statement saying that Mikaylah Martin, of the 5700 block of S. Prairie Ave., had gone missing. The last contact with Martin was Aug. 19. Martin is 15-years-old, Black, with brown eyes and purple/blue hair. She is listed at 5’1” and weighs approximately 165 lbs. Martin(…)

I continue to support positive Dyett future

By Ald. Will Burns (4th) Since 2011 serving as Alderman of the Fourth Ward in the City of Chicago, it has always been my passion, priority and commitment to advocate for quality, accessible, world-class education for all of our children. The record is clear – I fought to keep Dyett High School as a quality(…)

Looking for long-term budget fixes

By state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) Whither the budget? What is the long-term solution for the state’s budget challenges? Clearly the first priority is adequate and responsible funding for the state’s current fiscal year. While courts have, so far, mandated ongoing payments to some programs, not every critically important program is protected. These forced(…)

Items in DuSable exhibit provoke painful memories

To the Editor: In reference to [the] recent article “New Display at The DuSable Museum”(August 19), I am concerned about an item that will be displayed, for “Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey Toward Equality.” To get an idea of where one is headed, in my opinion, one must first know where he/she has been. Moving(…)

Hunger strikers want to hear from officials

By JAY TRAVIS As the Hunger Strike for Dyett enters its 9th day, the silence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Will Burns (the Education Chair of the City Council), and State Representative Christian Mitchell is deafening. This strike is not only about ensuring that African American students in the heart of the 26th District do(…)

Hyde Park boils over water

Hyde Park boils over water

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A portion of Hyde Park, including the University of Chicago and surrounding businesses and residential buildings, was subject to a boil order from Saturday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 30. Residents within the boundaries of 56th Street on the north, 59th Street on the south, Dorchester Avenue on the east(…)

DuSable Museum’s latest exhibit recounts a history of freedom

DuSable Museum’s latest exhibit recounts a history of freedom

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The opening of the new exhibit “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality” was held at DuSable Museum of African American History. The display is DuSable’s largest permanent exhibition, and tells the stories concerning over 200 years of African-American past. “We were planning this exhibit long before it’s coming out,”(…)

Using marathon as metaphor, La Rabida pushes donors to act

Using marathon as metaphor, La Rabida pushes donors to act

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This year, La Rabida Children’s Hospital is inviting people to join in its new 26.2 Challenge Fundraiser “How Will You Do Your 26.2?” Patients and donors will accomplish challenges in increments of 26.2, the number of miles in a marathon. Each individual challenge can be picked by the volunteer, and(…)

SB100 changes school discipline practices

SB100 changes school discipline practices

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 24, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 100, legislation aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and reforming school disciplinary practices that unfairly detriment students of color. SB 100 was created with the input of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a youth organizing collaborative for(…)

SHop celebrates ideas, the creative in temporary spaces

SHop celebrates ideas, the creative in temporary spaces

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Through collaborating with creativity and open programming, the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is aiming to culminate the DIY spirit of Hyde Park. Previously known as Hyde Park Free Theater, SHoP, 1448 E. 57th St., is refocusing on renewal this fall. Laura Shaeffer, the artistic director of SHoP, said the(…)

Student stories to be on display at OI

Student stories to be on display at OI

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Next year, the Oriental Institute will display student submitted artwork in order to bring attention to the global problem of looting and destroying cultural heritage. Chicago-area students and teachers alike are encouraged to submit two-dimensional artwork to the project, “Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story”, to be shown May(…)

Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

By SAM RAPAPPORT Staff Writer As Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., gears up for the 2015-16 school year and prepares to expand its academic center into the Canter Building next door, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., principal Gregory Jones must deal with the realities of a Chicago Public School budget crisis. On Saturday,(…)

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., 25-year-old Reginald Sampson was fatally shot while inside of his vehicle in the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. According to a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Sampson suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body after the occupant of a passing(…)

Metra trying to fix water leakage problems

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer According to a Metra spokesperson, the transit company is working to address track-level water problems that have played a role in the closings of three Hyde Park businesses. Wallace Goode, the Executive director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, has been aware of tension between local businesses and Metra(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Shenethe Parks, principal at Bret Harte Elementary School, has been chosen as one of 20 principals to participate in a professional development program. “I am excited about the learning that’s ahead and am motivated by the opportunity,” Parks said. The Chicago Public Education Fund, in partnership with Northwestern University, selected(…)

Locals muse over the next move for the Obamas

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the Presidential Library has claimed its home on the South Side, President Obama and his family will probably not be returning once his term ends. The Obamas’ residential home, 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., in Hyde Park has remained vacant while the family has been busy in Washington, D.C., and(…)

University’s Community Programs Accelerator seeks nonprofits to assist

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This fall, the University of Chicago is offering the Community Programs Accelerator (CPA) for a second year. The program helps develop and strengthen nonprofit organizations in local areas, with the goal of helping communities grow and thrive. The program assists the organizations through funding, or human team support. Last year,(…)