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Sunday night jazz at Room 43

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Society will host a Sunday Evening Jazz event this Sunday, July 3, at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. and the jazz music lasts until 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students. Trumpet player Marquis Hill will be(…)

Harper Square to host annual yard sale next Saturday

By SONIA SCHLESINGER 
Herald Intern Harper Square Cooperative, a mixed-income housing community at 4800-4850 S. Lake Park Ave., will hold its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twenty-five families will sell items including art, books, electronics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and kitchenware in the square’s courtyard. According to resident(…)

Hyde Park rental prices reach new high

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As new development projects continue to roll through Hyde Park, some neighborhood tenants are experiencing skyrocketing rental prices. J.L. Jordan III, a Hyde Park resident and realtor who has worked in the community for over six years, said that rental prices have surged over the past few years. “In the(…)

Blackstone Public Library closed on July 4

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., along with all public libraries in the city will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. Blackstone will be open the rest of the week during its normal hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,(…)

Revival show brings in all-female improv group

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, July 1, The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., will host the all-female sketch and improv comedy troupe, EbonyEssenceJet. The event starts at 8 p.m. and is $10 ($5 for students). EbonyEssenceJet is a Chicago-based female group featuring four African American women who light up comedy stages with witty(…)

Architects chosen for Obama Presidential Center

Architects chosen for Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation has selected the architectural teams that will lead the effort to design the Obama Presidential Center. In a June 30 statement, the Obama Foundation announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) will parter to spearhead the endeavor. The Obama(…)

Illinois’ budget standoff must be resolved

Editor’s note: Approximately 65 Illinois daily and weekly newspapers are running editorials today through the beginning of July, many on their front pages, on the need for an end to the state budget standoff. The State Journal-Register editorial board shared this editorial and urged other newspapers to weigh in on the need for a resolution(…)

Chosen Few brings two days of house music to Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This year the Chosen Few Picnic expands into the two-day Chosen Few Music Festival. This is the first year in the festival’s 26-year history that event-goers will get to take in two full days of house music. The event first began in 1990 as a small reunion of friends, but(…)

DuSable Museum to host Black and Cuba Screening

By SONIA SCHLESINGER
 Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Black and Cuba tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum theater. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Museum Director, Robin Hayes. Black(…)

KING at the Promontory

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Three-woman group KING is performing at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West, on July 8 as a benefit for the Betty Shabazz International Charter School. With what is described as a “dream soul sound,” the band released their first EP “The Story” in 2011. Last February, they released(…)

Closing of Bixler Playlot for construction is frustrating and insulting

To the Editor: During the spring and summer, I brought my 4-year-old daughter to Bixler Playlot almost every day. It was our home away from home, and we could be almost guaranteed to meet friends there every time we went. It had a sandbox, water, and a fence to keep her safe. On Friday morning,(…)

Review: “The House That Will Not Stand”

Review: “The House That Will Not Stand”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through July 10 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Marcus Gardley’s “The House That Will Not Stand” could be a fascinating play about a little-known piece of African American history, but it isn’t. Instead, Gardley combines a convoluted plot, one-dimensional characters,(…)

Review: “The SpongeBob Musical”

Review: “The SpongeBob Musical”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through July 10 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nothing succeeds like excess could be the guiding principle behind the pre-Broadway world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical,” the stage version of Nickelodeon’s popular animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants” that started in 1999 and(…)

Jane Bergman Stone, 84

Jane Bergman Stone, 84

Jane Bergman Stone, 84, a lifelong resident of Hyde Park-Kenwood, died at home on June 18, 2016 after a 38-year on again off again battle with cancer. Bergman Stone was born in Chicago on November 14, 1931, to Hyde Parkers Lewis and Ruth Genzberger Bergman. An unrepentant Trotskyite, she was active in radical political causes(…)

Willie Pickens featured in courtyard jazz series

Willie Pickens featured in courtyard jazz series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Friday, July 1, a special jazz in the courtyard performance will feature famous Chicago jazz musician, Willie Pickens. Pickens will play from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Pickens is known for his jazzy(…)

Craft makers excited about Michaels opening

Craft makers excited about Michaels opening

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The new Michaels craft store had its grand opening Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony began at 9:45 a.m., before which customers had lined up to the storefront for hours. The first one hundred people in the store received gift cards to celebrate; over $1500 in(…)

4th on 53rd committee release details about parade

4th on 53rd committee release details about parade

Monday, July 4, 2016 Nichols Park Advisory Council, South East Chicago Commission, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Park District proudly present “An Old Fashioned Fourth of July!” Official Parade Route Parade staging: 54th and Old Lake Park (Hyde Park Bank Parking Lot), Bike decorating at 9 a.m., Assembly 10 a.m., Step-off 11 a.m.(…)

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jojayden Handmade, a men’s shoe store featuring luxury, handmade shoes, opened on Friday, June 24, at 1457 E. 53rd St. For Jojayden’s founder, Wale Nubi, the opening of his first store has been almost five years in the making but his passion for luxury shoes has been a lifetime love(…)