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Hiking via CTA

It’s almost time for perfect hiking weather! If Jackson Park isn’t rural enough for your taste, here are a few options for serious woodland acreage, available to Hyde Parkers by public transit. The Des Plains River Trail spans across two systems of forest preserves. The Lake County Forest Preserve system has the northern half of(…)

Happy smoking

Happy smoking

Although a character from a certain liquor commercial lays claim to the title “most interesting man in the world” (don’t get the reference?), we at HeraldBlog feel it belongs to two-time contributor Kenneth Xavier Zehir. Here is the second of his incredibly debonair series on smoking pipes. It’s transcribed below as received in the mail,(…)

Try this park

Try this park

Sometimes, you need to look at a couple hills of tall grass. Surprisingly, you can do that right here. On 47th and Cornell, just behind a parking lot, you’ll find the entrance to a small but pleasantly secluded park, part of the Park District’s Burnham Park. . Features run- or walk-able paths and a boardwalk, along(…)

From the Vault: Chicago gang produces musical

From the Vault: Chicago gang produces musical

Here’s an ad that ran in the Herald’s June 14, 1967 issue.   But weren’t the Blackstone Rangers a gang? In the summer of 1967, the Rangers, one of Chicago’s most powerful gangs, had made peace—and they were producing a musical. Directed by nationally famous activist and singer Oscar Brown, the Rangers starred in “Opportunity(…)

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

“Sling a dead cat” into your room, suggests the Hyde Park Herald’s July 24, 1885 issue. We used to be a much more “literary” paper. I put that in quotes because I mean it in the most judgmental way possible. At first, the piece “How to look ugly,” published with the poetry and serial novels(…)

Reality star arrested in Hyde Park

Reality star arrested in Hyde Park

Hyde Park got another Hollywood connection (cf. Chaka Khan, Chicago Fire) with the arrest of reality TV star Josh Marks early Monday morning. The U. of C. police arrested the 26 year old at 5428 S. Kimbark after he attacked and attempted to disarm a police officer. Marks was a finalist on the show “MasterChef,”(…)

Neighborhood Snapshot– Freehling Pot and Pan Company

Neighborhood Snapshot– Freehling Pot and Pan Company

By Andrew Holzman Freehling Pot and Pan Company, 1365 E. 53rd Street, sells knives from nine to 90 dollars, and owner Sue Freehling is proud of it. The store is a good place to go if you’re in need of kitchen supplies, or maybe even just some entertainment. On the one hand, Freehling sells fancy(…)

From the Vault – Axelrod takes a stance on nudity

From the Vault – Axelrod takes a stance on nudity

If you heard someone say that Hyde Park has been swept up in a “wave of immodesty that is rolling across the nation,” would you listen? What if that person were one of the most famous Democratic strategists of our time? David Axelrod devoted one of his columns for the Hyde Park Herald series, “Politicking,” to the(…)

Acoustic concert to feature catchy, feel-good tunes

Acoustic concert to feature catchy, feel-good tunes

By Andrew Holzman Photo source: Amanda Duncan Hyde Park will get an acoustic concert with (at least) a lot of personality this Friday. New Jersey-based singer and songwriter Amanda Duncan will play at Hutchinson Courtyard, on the U. of C.’s campus, from 8-10 p.m. Duncan’s website describes her work as “feel-good music,” and Duncan said(…)

From the Vault — Don’t Poop Without This Scoop

By Andrew Holzman The Hyde Park Herald has never been afraid to dig into the dirty work of local journalism. That’s true even when it comes to, well, dog poop. In our March 13, 1974 edition, the Herald printed a letter-to-the-editor which gave a step-by-step tutorial on picking up your little friend’s little surprise. Here are(…)