Wall thrives through respect

Wall thrives through respect

The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make a statement.

This summer at Doc Films

This summer at Doc Films

By Brian Belak Every year, the summer schedule at Doc Films proves itself interesting. With many of the regular attendees and volunteers gone for the quarter with much of the University community, the screenings are scaled back to Wednesdays through Saturdays, and there aren’t so many big-name blockbusters in the line-up. However, this ultimately makes(…)

“All-Vinyl” at Hyde Park Records

“All-Vinyl” at Hyde Park Records

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui One of the last record stores on the South Side, Hyde Park Records, 1377 E 53rd St., is hosting a three-part music event series. This past Saturday, June 29, the shop kicked-off its “All-Vinyl In Store Series,” presenting a live DJ set without that “digital stuff,” as explained(…)

Hyde Park Bites – Meat-free at B’Gabs Goodies

Hyde Park Bites – Meat-free at B’Gabs Goodies

By Yasmine Laasraoui As a vegetarian, I’ve found my meals out to be repetitive and unoriginal. In an effort to spice things up, I headed to B’Gabs Goodies, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Although I’ve committed myself to vegetarianism for years now, I’ve always been skeptical towards raw veganism. How can something taste good without being(…)

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago.

From the Vault – Misguided historical headlines

From the Vault – Misguided historical headlines

By Andrew Holzman Today’s headlines may seem a little silly tomorrow. Since its founding in 1884, Herald writers have been trying to think up heads that strike a balance between wit and accuracy. Some have landed better than others. A look through the online archives reveal that contemporary headlines are a bit shorter — and(…)

Neighborhood Snapshot – The Jeffery Dollar Store

Neighborhood Snapshot – The Jeffery Dollar Store

By Andrew Holzman Photo by Andrew Holzman The Jeffery Dollar Store, 1443 E. 53rd St., is the kind of business that, though it probably escapes most Hyde Parkers’ radars, forms an unconscious landmark in the 53rd Street window-shopping experience. Even if you don’t know about it, you know it. But owner’s son and manager Ahmed(…)

Civil War history comes alive in Hyde Park

Civil War history comes alive in Hyde Park

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui Families gathered Sunday, June 23, on the lawn behind the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, for a Civil War reenactment, “A Sight Unlike Any Other: The Civil War and the Colored Soldier.” The South Side institution transported visitors back to the 19th century,(…)

Hyde Park Eats — The Litehouse

Hyde Park Eats — The Litehouse

By Andrew Holzman Photo by Yasmine Laasraoui Although Valois is certainly the Hyde Park eatery closest to my heart, when I’m looking to do that heart a favor, I head to the Litehouse Whole Food Grill, located at 1373 E. 53rd St. Litehouse is one of very few restaurants in the area focusing on food(…)

Sojourn in Sicily Part 1: Anticipation and Preparation

Sojourn in Sicily Part 1: Anticipation and Preparation

By Anne Spiselman Photos by Fredric Swanson Editor’s note: Anne Spiselman is the theater critic for the Hyde Park Herald. She will share her experiences during a recent trip to Sicily in a series of articles exclusive to the Herald Blog. If you are a Hyde Park resident with travel experiences you would like to(…)