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Michelle Obama to visit Chicago

Michelle Obama to visit Chicago

By Yasmine Laasraoui First Lady and Hyde Park resident Michelle Obama will be joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, Thursday, July 18, to support a local program for underserved high school students, Urban Alliance. The First Lady and the Mayor will bring attention to the program, which provides students from low-income families with yearlong employment(…)

Obama Watch: The presidential barbershop chair

Obama Watch: The presidential barbershop chair

Hyde Park Hair Salon at 5234 S. Blackstone Ave. contains the chair Obama sat in while receiving his haircuts before he made it into the White House. The President used to be a regular at the salon, where one can now get the “Home of the Obama Cut” for 21 dollars.

Hyde Park Eats – Vegetarian at the New Nile

Hyde Park Eats – Vegetarian at the New Nile

By Yasmine Laasraoui The Nile Restaurant, 1162 E. 55th St. Contact: 773-324-9499, nilerestaurantofhydepark.com Hours : Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. Delivery Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m. Rating: 4/5 I am no hummus aficionado, but I do crave the creamy chickpea dish on a regular basis. I set out to The Nile(…)

Art is Bonfire brings poetry to the Point

Art is Bonfire brings poetry to the Point

By Yasmine Laasraoui Since 2011, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, Art is Bonfire. The event usually begins with a social hour during which participants may roast hotdogs or marshmallows. Afterwards, a poem is read and following an explanation of the event, attendees are invited(…)

Book Talk – The $1 Cart at O’Gara and Wilson

Book Talk – The $1 Cart at O’Gara and Wilson

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photo by Yasmine Laasraoui As a non-Hyde Parker, I find myself exploring new and interesting places everyday. I have discovered the neighborhood’s bookstores, unlike the sterile environments of Barnes & Nobles and Borders, to be perfect places to spend an afternoon. At O’Gara and Wilson’s, 1448 E. 57th St., black and white(…)

“All-Vinyl” at Hyde Park Records

“All-Vinyl” at Hyde Park Records

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui One of the last record stores on the South Side, Hyde Park Records, 1377 E 53rd St., is hosting a three-part music event series. This past Saturday, June 29, the shop kicked-off its “All-Vinyl In Store Series,” presenting a live DJ set without that “digital stuff,” as explained(…)

Hyde Park Bites – Meat-free at B’Gabs Goodies

Hyde Park Bites – Meat-free at B’Gabs Goodies

By Yasmine Laasraoui As a vegetarian, I’ve found my meals out to be repetitive and unoriginal. In an effort to spice things up, I headed to B’Gabs Goodies, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Although I’ve committed myself to vegetarianism for years now, I’ve always been skeptical towards raw veganism. How can something taste good without being(…)

Civil War history comes alive in Hyde Park

Civil War history comes alive in Hyde Park

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui Families gathered Sunday, June 23, on the lawn behind the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, for a Civil War reenactment, “A Sight Unlike Any Other: The Civil War and the Colored Soldier.” The South Side institution transported visitors back to the 19th century,(…)