Hyde Park Graffiti Museum

Hyde Park Graffiti Museum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park graffiti wall is one of the last remaining places where aspiring graffiti artists can take their time, hone their skill and put their work on public display. “It’s a place that really anybody can go and do some public art and express yourself and other people will(…)

Photos by Mingus (Part 1)

Photos by Mingus (Part 1)

This week marks the debut of a new Herald Blog photographer (or “blogtographer,” as we like to say here in the office): Mingus! Below are some shots Mingus took at barbershops around Hyde Park. Stay tuned for more!

Sojourn in Sicily Part 4: Ragusa and Modica

Sojourn in Sicily Part 4: Ragusa and Modica

By Anne Spiselman Ragusa in southeastern Sicily seems designed to confound the geographically challenged. It’s really two towns, Ragusa Ibla and more recent Ragusa, separated by a gorge, and although the older Ibla also is called “Ragusa Inferiore,” or “lower,” it spreads out over a high cliff that just isn’t as high as the one(…)

Dear residents of South Blackstone Ave…

Dear residents of South Blackstone Ave…

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Passiveaggressivenotes.com brought this neighborhood gem to reporter Lindsay Welbers’ attention: A note taped to a wooden bulletin board, standing over a pothole lazily covered with two wooden slabs and a perpendicular concrete block, near the intersection of  59th Street and Dorchester Avenue. The mock letter from Mayor Emanuel, photographed on Sept. 13, takes several(…)

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(…)