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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(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists.

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(…)

Founder on permission wall

Founder on permission wall

First, a little basic history on the ongoing permission wall behind the Mobil gas station in Hyde Park. We always called it “the Mobil wall,” “53rd Street” or the “Hyde Park wall.” I started that wall in 1992.

The Bells of Summer

The Bells of Summer

By Maria Castellucci As part of the 48th Annual Rockefeller Carillon Festival, “The Bells of Summer,” free performances by a host of international carillonneurs will take place at 5 p.m. every Sunday at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The first performance, by carillonneur Arie Abbenes, took place June 23. The series will(…)

Wall thrives through respect

Wall thrives through respect

The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make a statement.

“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(…)

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago.

Neighborhood Snapshot – The Jeffery Dollar Store

Neighborhood Snapshot – The Jeffery Dollar Store

By Andrew Holzman Photo by Andrew Holzman The Jeffery Dollar Store, 1443 E. 53rd St., is the kind of business that, though it probably escapes most Hyde Parkers’ radars, forms an unconscious landmark in the 53rd Street window-shopping experience. Even if you don’t know about it, you know it. But owner’s son and manager Ahmed(…)