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(…)

Farewell from a blogger

Farewell from a blogger

Editor’s note: Yasmine Laasraoui, Herald Intern, has been writing for HeraldBlog and the print newspaper for the summer. Interning at the Herald has given me the opportunity to explore Hyde Park, a historic and culturally diverse neighborhood and an area of Chicago I’ve never really taken the time to visit. (Despite its being the home(…)

HPAC artists share work

HPAC artists share work

On Saturday Aug.10, the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., introduced a new exhibition, “Front & Center,” presenting work from their developing artists in The Center Program. Michelle Harris’ “autobiographical” piece consisted of a table surface displaying clay objects around a woven rug. A recent spinal injury left Harris unable to bend down,(…)

From the Vault: Chicago gang produces musical

From the Vault: Chicago gang produces musical

Here’s an ad that ran in the Herald’s June 14, 1967 issue.   But weren’t the Blackstone Rangers a gang? In the summer of 1967, the Rangers, one of Chicago’s most powerful gangs, had made peace—and they were producing a musical. Directed by nationally famous activist and singer Oscar Brown, the Rangers starred in “Opportunity(…)

Obama Watch– kissing rock

Obama Watch– kissing rock

How do you measure love? Hyde Parker (and President of the United States) Barack Obama doesn’t need a expert to answer that question. He can head over to 53rd and Dorchester, where his love for his wife Michelle Obama can be measured in pounds. The “Obama Kissing Rock” monument weighs in at 3,000 pounds (1.5(…)

Film Review: “Fruitvale Station”

Film Review: “Fruitvale Station”

The story is pretty familiar to anyone who paid attention to the news four years ago, especially if you were in California at the time. On January 1, 2009, after a night of celebrating the new year in San Francisco, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer(…)

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(…)

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

“Sling a dead cat” into your room, suggests the Hyde Park Herald’s July 24, 1885 issue. We used to be a much more “literary” paper. I put that in quotes because I mean it in the most judgmental way possible. At first, the piece “How to look ugly,” published with the poetry and serial novels(…)

My corncob pipe

My corncob pipe

We got this letter from Hyde Parker Ken Xavier Zehir and thought we’d pass it along.   “I first started smoking when I was seven years of age. It was a Newport cigarette, and I nearly choked to death. I mean I coughed my fool head off! At 16, to look adult, I smoked my(…)