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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(…)

Hyde Park native sells healthy snacks at local Whole Foods

Hyde Park native sells healthy snacks at local Whole Foods

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The buzz surrounding the new Whole Foods in Hyde Park, 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., comes down to the responsibly produced and health conscious products the chain store is known for. What’s different about this Whole Foods, in particular, is a lot of the merchandise that make up the shelves(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag Helps Feed the Homeless

Hashtag Lunchbag Helps Feed the Homeless

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Volunteers from the South Side and the South Suburbs packed lunches for the homeless, Saturday, June 25, at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., for Hashtag Lunchbag’s monthly event. The organization, which started in Los Angeles three years ago and grew through social media, brings people together in various(…)

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Dance students, instructors, anthropologists and disciples of the late Katherine Dunham gathered at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Wednesday , June 24, to celebrate her 107th birthday. A University of Chicago alum (class of 1936), Dunham studied anthropology as an undergraduate. She traveled to(…)

SECC offers grant to help business owners in Woodlawn

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is launching a new initiative to help business owners in the Woodlawn area: the Woodlawn Business Corridor Improvement Grant Program. The program will provide rebates to business owners within Cottage Grove and 63rd street, particularly to renew or beautify the location. Goals of this project(…)

John W. Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

The City of Chicago will be naming a section of 57th Street between Stony Island and Cornell Drive after the late John W. Rogers Sr. Rogers, who was a Hyde Park resident, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He flew 120 successful combat missions over Europe during World War II. In 2007, He was(…)

Creative Mansion Children’s Academy to close on Thursday

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After twenty-five years in the community, Kenwood’s Creative Mansion Children’s Academy, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., will close permanently when the school year ends on Thursday, June 30. Owner Marjorie Jones had long planned to retire at the end of this year but did not decide to close the Mansion until(…)

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Sisters, Maggie and Africa Brown, will perform at the “Interactions” variety show at University Church on July 8. The Brown sisters created the variety show to help raise funds for the revitalization of Blue Gargoyle. They performed previously on June 24, and will perform again July 8, July 29 and(…)

Cancer, violence and STDS top list of health concerns for South Side residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine community survey found that cancer, violence and sexually transmitted infections are among the top health concerns of South Side residents. The survey, titled the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), is mandated by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and aims to(…)

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(…)