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Local businesswoman awarded

Local businesswoman awarded

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park business owner has been named the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Business Development Center. Maya Khan, managing director at Nova Driving School, 5503 S. Harper Ave., will be recognized for her business management skills as a local Chicago entrepreneur. Khan, who opened the Hyde(…)

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago’s jazz scene will migrate to Hyde Park for the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 30th Annual Jazz Club Tour on Sept. 2. The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., will be one of the locations the tour stops, alongside renowned music venues such as Green Mill and Reggie’s. Jake Austen, the(…)

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago jazz musician Kahil El’Zabar will perform in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6pm, exactly one month before the start of the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The El’Zabar quartet includes Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Junius Paul on bass and Dennis Winslett on alto(…)

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at home in Washington, D.C. She was a teacher at The College of the University of Chicago. Born Amy Judith Apfel in 1940, Kass grew up in New York City, where she graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She was educated in the College(…)

Helen Johnson, 96

Helen Johnson, 96

Hyde Park resident Helen Pomerance Johnson passed away at age 96 on August 19, 2015, from complications of heart disease. Her husband, Herman Frithjof Johnson, predeceased her. Ms. Johnson served 35 years as a physical education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, including Sawyer, Nightingale, Parker, and Pasteur Schools. She received the BE from Chicago(…)

Rosenwald on the screen

Rosenwald on the screen

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern The film Rosenwald, based on the life of Hyde Park-Kenwood resident Julius Rosenwald, opens in Chicago on Sept.4. The film features a number of Hyde Park locals and landmarks. The 90-minute documentary tells the story of Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist who never finished his high school career but went on(…)

U. of C. theorist gets a little glass

U. of C. theorist gets a little glass

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Members of the Department of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, along with the University of Wisconsin, have unexpectedly produced a new type of glass. Through various computer simulation experiments, Professor Juan de Pablo and a team produced samples of the material regularly. Each sample was then analysed using(…)

Walk-a-thon to be held for breast cancer research

Walk-a-thon to be held for breast cancer research

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern The Beyond a Mammogram breast cancer awareness organization will host its second annual 5K Breast Cancer Walkathon. All of the net proceeds go towards breast cancer research at the University of Chicago (U. of C.). “There are so many women and families who suffer,” said Beyond a Mammogram co-founder and(…)

Dyett supporters launch hunger strike

Dyett supporters launch hunger strike

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Dusable displays freedom’s past

Dusable displays freedom’s past

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality,” a new permanent exhibit installed at the DuSable Museum of African American History, will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 28. Curated by the museum’s staff, the installation brings together a wide variety of items and artifacts preserved by DuSable, 740 E.(…)

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine died on July 4. She and her family were residents of Hyde Park for more than 30 years. Huffine was born March 20, 1924 in Carlisle, Pa., the oldest of three. She graduated high school in the spring of 1942, the last graduating class before the U.S. became involved in(…)

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free tours catered to those with vision or hearing impairments at four Wright sites across Chicago, including the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Other participating houses include the Emil(…)

Art project seeking shoe donations

Art project seeking shoe donations

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An inspiring art project is highlighting justice for those murdered in Chicago last year by taking one step at a time. The Golden Shoes Project is collecting 433 shoes to represent the 36 women and 397 men who were killed in Chicago in 2014. Kazandra Santana, who is behind the(…)

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A TV pilot exclusively filmed in Hyde Park is now available to purchase and watch in its entirety. Irami Osei-Frimpong, a Hyde Park native who recently relocated to Oregon, filmed the pilot for “Disciples” last summer in various Hyde Park locations, including: Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) announced last week that Hyde Park native Lauren Alspaugh will serve as its inaugural executive director. CHPV, which opened in November of 2014, is one of four Village offices in the Chicago area and the only one on the South Side. Each chapter of the(…)

I Am We launches new campaign

I Am We launches new campaign

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Local non-profit organization I Am We will launch a new initiative next Saturday, aimed at improving high school graduation rates among youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Woodlawn resident Latisha Thomas moved from the North Side several years ago and founded I Am We shortly after. The stated goal of the(…)

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The grounds of Washington Park will be transformed over Labor Day weekend, as the park plays host to the African Festival of the Arts. The African Fest, which will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, will feature more than 300 artists and performers from Africa and the African diaspora.(…)

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The plastic bag ban that was implemented citywide on Aug. 1 has caused some headaches for Chicago shoppers, but Hyde Park’s mom-and-pop stores aren’t seeing any effects from the issue. The new law is required for chain stores (businesses with three or more stores having common ownership) that have a(…)

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park has much to offer its resident thespians in the upcoming month, thanks to the wide variety of events hosted by the Hyde Park Community Players. The Players, founded in 2009 by Paul and Rachel Baker, have successfully staged more than a dozen productions over the last six years.(…)

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two ash trees in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., will soon be turned into sculptures as part of The Chicago Tree Project, a Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International initiative to transform dying trees into public art. One of the ash trees soon to be sculpted sits in(…)