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Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine died on July 4. She and her family were residents of Hyde Park for more than 30 years. Huffine was born March 20, 1924 in Carlisle, Pa., the oldest of three. She graduated high school in the spring of 1942, the last graduating class before the U.S. became involved in(…)

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free tours catered to those with vision or hearing impairments at four Wright sites across Chicago, including the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Other participating houses include the Emil(…)

Art project seeking shoe donations

Art project seeking shoe donations

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An inspiring art project is highlighting justice for those murdered in Chicago last year by taking one step at a time. The Golden Shoes Project is collecting 433 shoes to represent the 36 women and 397 men who were killed in Chicago in 2014. Kazandra Santana, who is behind the(…)

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A TV pilot exclusively filmed in Hyde Park is now available to purchase and watch in its entirety. Irami Osei-Frimpong, a Hyde Park native who recently relocated to Oregon, filmed the pilot for “Disciples” last summer in various Hyde Park locations, including: Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) announced last week that Hyde Park native Lauren Alspaugh will serve as its inaugural executive director. CHPV, which opened in November of 2014, is one of four Village offices in the Chicago area and the only one on the South Side. Each chapter of the(…)

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) introduced a piece of legislation, Thursday, Aug. 13, aimed at addressing the underfunding of Illinois public education and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In a press conference Thursday morning, Mitchell, along with state Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9) and Ald. Will Burns (4th), announced the “Fund Education(…)

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A collaborative art project infused two generations together to create art and foster relationships between high school students and the residents at Montgomery Place Retirement Community. Urban Gateways Chicago sponsored Crosswalks, an eight-week art program in which young students were paired with a resident from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore(…)

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A larger-than-life street art installation is taking over Hyde Park with portraits of familiar community members. Hyde Park Heroes features 15 Hyde Parkers as depicted in large-scale banners in various locations around the community. Chris Devins was inspired to explore the identity of the community he has called home his(…)