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Shoesmith assistant principal joins staff at Lab school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicole Neal, the Assistant Principal at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., will not return for the 2016-17 school year after serving in the role for five years. Neal’s new role will be the Director of Student Services for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a community meeting Monday night, a Chicago Park District official apologized to Hyde Park residents for last week’s surprise closure of Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. On Friday, June 24, without any warning, a construction crew fenced off Bixler Playlot and removed the playground equipment. From signage later(…)

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A group of upset neighborhood parents met Saturday, June 25 in Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., to discuss what they believed to be unwarranted construction of the Bixler Playlot. Playground equipment was removed and the playlot was closed on Friday, without any warning. “I think we’re all incredibly(…)

Smart Museum hosts free Summer Cookout series

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., is hosting a series of Summer Cookouts to unveil the latest changes to the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The cookouts are scheduled for Thursdays June 30, July 14 and August 18 and are free to the public. The(…)

Hyde Park dinner crawl explores local favorites

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, June 28, the Hyde Park Dinner Crawl will explore local pallets from various restaurants that are staples in the neighborhood. The dinner crawl includes Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen, 1164 E. 55th St.; B’Gabs Goodies, 1450 E. 57th St.; Medici, 1327 E. 57th St.; The Nile, 1162 E. 55th St.;(…)

CPS addresses lead testing at community meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) gave updates on the lead testing at public schools during a community meeting Thursday, June 23 at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. CPS CEO, Forrest Claypool, and other city officials presented the report to about 10 community members who attended the meeting.(…)

Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 31st Hunger Walk in Jackson Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Greater Chicago Food Depository will host its 31st Annual Hunger Walk this Saturday, June 25, in Jackson Park. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and move along Lake Michigan for two miles. About 15,000 people are expected to attend this year to participate in the walk, volunteer and(…)

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Urban redevelopment in cities can sometimes be a difficult topic to discuss, which is why Place Lab took the question of “What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you?” to artists, activists, scholars and community members at a public convening event, yesterday, at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag seeks Hyde Park volunteers to help feed the homeless

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park residents are invited to the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, June 25, to help distribute lunch bags to homeless Chicagoans. Hashtag Lunchbag, a non-profit organization that sponsors food drives across the country, will be hosting the event. Community residents looking to pitch in should assemble at(…)

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 23-year-old Bronzeville resident has been arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder for his role in a shooting, on Sunday, June 19, in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, that left a 3-year-old boy paralyzed. In a June 23 statement, police named the offender as Desean Wynn(…)

Armed men rob U. of C. staff member

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine staff member fell victim to an armed robbery on Wednesday, June 22, near 56th Street and South Kimbark Avenue. According to the U. of C. Security Alert, the victim was walking eastbound on 56th Street, at approximately 4:15 p.m., when approached from(…)

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Whole Foods Market in Hyde Park held its opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 and opened for business at 9 a.m. The first customer arrived at 4:45 a.m. By 9 a.m. there were over 1,300 customers lined up at the main entrance on Lake Park Avenue(…)