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Neighborhood Snapshot– The Video (lottery?) Connection

Neighborhood Snapshot– The Video (lottery?) Connection

The Video Connection, 1208 E 53rd St., once advertized in the Herald as having the “perfect antidote to Chicago’s long frosty winter months” with “cinema masterpieces” such as “Citizen Kane,” the Star Wars Trilogy and Michael Jordan’s “Playground”. But Hyde Park’s video connection no longer stocks videos. The large blue wall where the movies were(…)

Pig lungs and sheep hearts and brains: oh my!

Pig lungs and sheep hearts and brains: oh my!

Pig lungs were inflated and deflated with a foot pump. Sheep hearts, brains and eyes were on display—and kids got to poke at them (using plastic gloves of course).   The free Globs, Goo and Guts! event at the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., gave participants “a great opportunity to have some hands-on(…)

CAT Film Festival celebrates cats on film

CAT Film Festival celebrates cats on film

By Brian Belak It’s arguably the most important development of the last decade, though probably not for furthering the development of society, but for stunting it. It is the cute cat video, the great time-waster of the Internet, holding millions of users hostage on Youtube as they choose one more meow over whatever work they(…)

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(…)

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(…)