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Is Hyde Park developing a taste for fashion?

Is Hyde Park developing a taste for fashion?

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Earlier this summer, 110 attendees gathered in Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., for a spring fashion show highlighting new Hyde Park businesses. The event, titled “Fashion on 53rd,” featured local boutiques Comfort Me, Independence, Sir & Madam, Silver Umbrella, Stamp’Lays Executive Boutique & Salon and Villa and(…)

Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A group of artists with Hyde Park ties will be representing the neighborhood at a new exhibit south of the border — the state border, that is. “The Hyde Park Connection” will open Saturday, July 5, at the CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Ind. It will feature works in several(…)

Pop-up shop Sir & Madame makes way for children’s retailer

Pop-up shop Sir & Madame makes way for children’s retailer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Boutique clothing pop-up shop Sir and Madame, which closed for good last Sunday after nine months in Hyde Park, will make way for a children’s retailer this August. A new pop-up store, The Red Balloon, plans to sell children’s clothing, books and toys in the space at 1420 E. 53rd(…)

At 95, he keeps his stride

At 95, he keeps his stride

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “Do you see 1340? Keep looking,” Taylor Lucy, owner of Mr T’s Shoe Services, 1007 E. 53rd St., told a customer scanning shelves full of numbered bags of shoes. No dice. Lucy went to the back of his store and found the black shoes with clear heels. “I see it!(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on July 1. Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High(…)

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)