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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(…)

University closes Reynolds Club Barbershop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On July 17, the University of Chicago permanently closed the doors to the Reynolds Club Barbershop, 5706 S. University Ave, which, for many years, served the haircutting needs of faculty, students and community members alike. In a statement published July 17, the university praised the contributions of the Reynolds Club’s(…)

Farming goes urban in Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Having a successful farm may sound silly in the city of Chicago, but a few places in the Hyde Park area are growing fresh produce in the midst of the urban jungle. In an effort to care for the community’s environment as well as its health, urban gardens are growing(…)

“Dear White People” filmmaker Justin Simien visits Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A screening of “Dear White People” accompanied by a question-and-answer session with the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien, was the last event in a three-day series of workshops on race and identity taking place across Chicago. The screening occurred on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Logan Arts Center, 915(…)

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Review: “Moby Dick”

Review: “Moby Dick”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through August 28 Tickets: $40-$80 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anytime Lookingglass Theatre Company teams up with The Actors Gymnasium, the results are bound to be special. But their tenth collaboration, the world premiere of “Moby Dick,” is(…)

Still the best

By M.L.RANTALA Classical Music Critic William Grant Still (1895 – 1978) is an American composer whose quality of musical compositions in a large number of forms unaccountably far exceeds his current reputation. He wrote in an unapologetically populist style, rejecting most 20th century compositional techniques (although he had once studied with Edgar Varèse), instead insisting(…)

Hyde Park is not bashing Metra

To the Editor: We would like to clarify for the community that “bash[ing the] Metra app” was not the purpose of action at the July 22 Metra board meeting, reported on in the August 5 Hyde Park Herald. We acknowledge that Metra’s “Ventra Mobile App” will offer many benefits, but those benefits will only be(…)

I Am We launches new campaign

I Am We launches new campaign

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Local non-profit organization I Am We will launch a new initiative next Saturday, aimed at improving high school graduation rates among youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Woodlawn resident Latisha Thomas moved from the North Side several years ago and founded I Am We shortly after. The stated goal of the(…)

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The grounds of Washington Park will be transformed over Labor Day weekend, as the park plays host to the African Festival of the Arts. The African Fest, which will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, will feature more than 300 artists and performers from Africa and the African diaspora.(…)

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The plastic bag ban that was implemented citywide on Aug. 1 has caused some headaches for Chicago shoppers, but Hyde Park’s mom-and-pop stores aren’t seeing any effects from the issue. The new law is required for chain stores (businesses with three or more stores having common ownership) that have a(…)

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park has much to offer its resident thespians in the upcoming month, thanks to the wide variety of events hosted by the Hyde Park Community Players. The Players, founded in 2009 by Paul and Rachel Baker, have successfully staged more than a dozen productions over the last six years.(…)

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two ash trees in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., will soon be turned into sculptures as part of The Chicago Tree Project, a Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International initiative to transform dying trees into public art. One of the ash trees soon to be sculpted sits in(…)

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Marva Arnold has witnessed the transformation of 53rd Street into a commercial hub in recent years. She and her daughter have lived in their home at 5317 S. Dorchester Ave. for 27 years. Arnold said that her house, built in 1860, is the oldest standing house in Hyde Park. The(…)

New store is going to the dogs

New store is going to the dogs

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In its third week of business, Hyde Park’s newest pet store, Sprocket and Stone, 1013 E. 53rd St., has gone to the dogs … in a good way. “Dogs walking by actually pull their owners towards the door,” said owner Sophie Phillips. “I think they must smell our bone selection(…)

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Controversy and confusion have surrounded Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., for some time about its future role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. A request for proposal (RFP) process was established last year, and CPS has remained quiet, for the most part, on the decision process. Members of the(…)