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Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Woodlawn vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies will be moving to 1450 E. 57th St., the former location of the now-closed Florian Restaurant. Although owner and Hyde Parker Gabrielle Darvassy has not yet set a date for the move, she says the new restaurant will feature an expanded menu and more locally(…)

Army Corps planning fishkill

Army Corps planning fishkill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and(…)

Ancona School selects new leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September, Frede will serve part time as head of school-elect alongside the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Frede, who is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago,(…)

Appeal seeks to halt construction on Vue53 building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Neighbors surrounding the former McMobil site have filed an appeal they hope will prevent a 155-foot-tall building from going up in their backyard. The appeal was filed on July 17 in the First Judicial District Appellate Court of Illinois. Michael Scott, James DesJardins, Mark Graham and Lorraine Pettigrew, who all(…)

Chicago Public Schools puts Shoesmith Elementary at top tier

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Shoesmith Elementary School’s rating has been elevated to the Tier 1 level. Tier 1 is the highest-ranking a public school can receive. At Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., 59.2 percent of 2nd through 6th graders now meet or exceed the 50 percentile in reading on the Northwest Evaluation Association(…)

Logan Center screening showcases student films

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A public screening will highlight student projects this Wednesday evening, Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at screening room 201 in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The culmination of the summer filmmaking class “Think It! Make It! Screen It!,” the(…)

Rapper Common’s inaugural AAHH FEST! relocated to Union Park

The Common Ground Foundation’s inaugural concert AAHH FEST! has been moved from Jackson Park to Union Park and cut a day short. The annual event, originally planned to take place the weekend of Sept. 20 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive is now slated for Union Park on Sunday, Sept. 21. Last April, South Side native(…)

Registration open for Marsha’s Music

Registration is currently open for Marsha’s Music Together’s fall semester classes. The fall semester for Marsha’s Music Together is 10 weeks, Sept. 12 through Nov. 23, and features the Bongos Song Collection. Classes are held at Joan’s Studio in Hyde Park, 1438 E. 57th St. The music school also offers a family music jam once(…)

Little Black Pearl to host fundraiser at 39th Street Beach

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In association with the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” series – an effort to encourage summer programming in neighborhood parks – the Little Black Pearl (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., will host their upcoming fundraiser, Pearl Fest, by 39th Street Beach, 1099 E. Oakwood Blvd. The(…)

Growing Chicago seafood chain coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A growing local chain of seafood restaurants is coming to Hyde Park. Red Snapper co-owner Khalil H. Khalil is expecting to open his fast food chain’s sixth Chicago store at 1418 E. 53rd St. within the next two weeks. Named after its signature fish dinner, Red Snapper serves dishes ranging(…)

Reach to be relevant falls flat

Reach to be relevant falls flat

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What can be done to make classical music events more relevant? This is a question which comes and goes, but never actually goes away. “The Legend of the Northern Lights,” which had its world premiere at the Grant Park Music Festival last weekend, may have something to contribute to(…)

“The Qualms”

“The Qualms”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through August 31 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for “Clybourne Park,” but the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere of “The Qualms,” his latest, isn’t very satisfying as a play. Four couples(…)

Voting under threat in U.S.

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) In Indiana, you can’t vote unless you have a photo identification card issued by the government. In Ohio, the opportunity to vote early has been severely curtailed. In North Carolina, the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to block similar laws from taking effect this November. In(…)

La Rabida, brick by brick, builds support

La Rabida, brick by brick, builds support

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital recently raised thousands of dollars to support its new outpatient wing by selling engraved brick pavers. “It’s a nice, fun thing that people can do to donate to the hospital and make a gift but have something physically there to show their support,” said Marilyn Williams,(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel finds a cantor to fill vacant position

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel finds a cantor to fill vacant position

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel appointed Cantor David Berger to fill the vacant role at the synagogue. The Buffalo Grove-born cantor came back to the area after living in Los Angeles, living and working in a Jewish musical tradition, he said. His first challenges at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will be in preparing for the(…)

New Hyde Park Day School location to open doors next Thursday

New Hyde Park Day School location to open doors next Thursday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Day School is hosting an open house barbecue for students and parents on Aug. 21 at its new location in the Woodlawn neighborhood. For the past five months The Hyde Park Day School (HPDS) has been transitioning from its Hyde Park location at 1375 E. 60th(…)

Local eyecare specialist joins forces to build business

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern After 15 years of running an eyecare practice solo, Hyde Park resident Dr. Cynthia Reynolds-Temple of Hyde Park’s Concept Eye Care, Ltd. 1621 E. 55th St., has begun to bring in new doctors while preparing to merge with another practice. Concept Eye Care, which sells eyewear and provides eye(…)

Harper Court sold for $112M

Harper Court sold for $112M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago sold ownership of Harper Court to one of Israel’s largest insurance institutions, while the university will retain a master lease for the entire development. The university sold the 12-story building and parking garages to CLAL Insurance Company for $112 million. The city of Chicago approved the(…)