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(…)

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(…)