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(…)

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,(…)

Sojurn in Sicily: Our First Excursion

Sojurn in Sicily: Our First Excursion

Wednesday, April 3, 2013. We’ve decided to start slowly, close to home, rather than rushing out to see Sicily’s most famous sights all at once. Jet lag being what it is, and lingering on our terrace in the warm sunlight with morning coffee (espresso and hot milk) being so enjoyable, we don’t get out of(…)

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(…)

City Symphonies at Doc Films

City Symphonies at Doc Films

“City of the world (for all races are here)  City of tall facades of marble and iron, Proud and passionate city.” These lines, excerpted from the Walt Whitman poem “City of Ships,” open the 1921 avant-garde film Manhatta, showing at Doc Films on Wednesday, August 21, as part of a collection of “city symphonies.” In(…)