Michelle Obama to visit Chicago

Michelle Obama to visit Chicago

By Yasmine Laasraoui First Lady and Hyde Park resident Michelle Obama will be joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, Thursday, July 18, to support a local program for underserved high school students, Urban Alliance. The First Lady and the Mayor will bring attention to the program, which provides students from low-income families with yearlong employment(…)

Acoustic concert to feature catchy, feel-good tunes

Acoustic concert to feature catchy, feel-good tunes

By Andrew Holzman Photo source: Amanda Duncan Hyde Park will get an acoustic concert with (at least) a lot of personality this Friday. New Jersey-based singer and songwriter Amanda Duncan will play at Hutchinson Courtyard, on the U. of C.’s campus, from 8-10 p.m. Duncan’s website describes her work as “feel-good music,” and Duncan said(…)

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(…)

Obama Watch: The presidential barbershop chair

Obama Watch: The presidential barbershop chair

Hyde Park Hair Salon at 5234 S. Blackstone Ave. contains the chair Obama sat in while receiving his haircuts before he made it into the White House. The President used to be a regular at the salon, where one can now get the “Home of the Obama Cut” for 21 dollars.

Hyde Park Eats – Vegetarian at the New Nile

Hyde Park Eats – Vegetarian at the New Nile

By Yasmine Laasraoui The Nile Restaurant, 1162 E. 55th St. Contact: 773-324-9499, nilerestaurantofhydepark.com Hours : Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. Delivery Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m. Rating: 4/5 I am no hummus aficionado, but I do crave the creamy chickpea dish on a regular basis. I set out to The Nile(…)

Art is Bonfire brings poetry to the Point

Art is Bonfire brings poetry to the Point

By Yasmine Laasraoui Since 2011, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, Art is Bonfire. The event usually begins with a social hour during which participants may roast hotdogs or marshmallows. Afterwards, a poem is read and following an explanation of the event, attendees are invited(…)

Book Talk – The $1 Cart at O’Gara and Wilson

Book Talk – The $1 Cart at O’Gara and Wilson

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photo by Yasmine Laasraoui As a non-Hyde Parker, I find myself exploring new and interesting places everyday. I have discovered the neighborhood’s bookstores, unlike the sterile environments of Barnes & Nobles and Borders, to be perfect places to spend an afternoon. At O’Gara and Wilson’s, 1448 E. 57th St., black and white(…)

A Chosen Few family reunion

A Chosen Few family reunion

By Maria Castellucci The 23rd Annual Old School Reunion at Jackson Park on Saturday July 6 was an experience unlike any other. Over 30,000 people visited Jackson Park to attend the house music event hosted by the Chosen Few DJs. When I was spoke with Chosen Few DJ Tony Hatchett two weeks ago for a(…)

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(…)