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University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) have agreed to a new contract. The new contract with National Nurses United (NNU) — which was reached over three nights at the Friend Family Health Center, 800 E. 55th St. — stipulates that nurses will no longer work both(…)

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With warm weather on its way, two Hyde Park farmers markets are returning outdoors. Following a monthly schedule indoors this winter, the 61st Street Farmers Market will be held weekly outside Experimental Station, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave, beginning this Saturday, May 16. The market will be open 9 a.m. to(…)

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Spruce Park Advisory Council has elected its first officers. Around a dozen people came to the park advisory council’s (PAC) second-ever meeting last Monday, April 20, according to President Carol Moy. Along with Moy, the council elected a vice president, Joseph Bernstein; secretary, Mark A. Graham, and treasurer, I.V.(…)

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A weekend of lectures at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will focus on the state and society of the Middle East from World War I to the present. K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a series of lectures and panels examining the history of modern day Syria, Yemen and Iran(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village volunteer, former Herald intern and University of Chicago (U. of C.) student Andrew Holzman has come up with an innovative way to make sure that the neighborhood senior services organization he helped establish continues on once he leaves Hyde Park. Holzman, who will be going(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and improving its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A day-long event celebrating unsung Civil Rights hero Bayard Rustin will take place this weekend. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., there will be panels and a keynote address marking Rustin’s contributions to the movement. His partner, Walter Naegle, will serve(…)

Dumplings destined for 57th Street

Dumplings destined for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Star chef Mike Sheerin plans to open a dumpling restaurant on 57th Street. Sheerin, a veteran of Chicago restaurants Blackbird and Cicchetti, expects to open Packed at the old site of Edwardos, 1321 E. 57th St, in late summer. He said he and his business partner, Aaron DiMaria, signed the(…)

Chicago Board of Elections rejects pre-marked ballot claims

Chicago Board of Elections rejects pre-marked ballot claims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Board of Elections has dismissed claims of pre-marked ballots at the polls after a Hyde Park voter said he received one filled in for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported(…)

Annual event invites Hyde Parkers to smarten up on their finances

Annual event invites Hyde Parkers to smarten up on their finances

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Science and Industry and the Blackstone Branch Chicago Public Library will host events in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during the 14th annual Chicago Money Smart Week. During Chicago Money Smart Week, which will take place from April(…)

Hyde Park businesses brace for Vue53 construction

Hyde Park businesses brace for Vue53 construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer With construction on the 13-story, multiuse Vue53 expected to begin in the coming weeks, nearby business owners are concerned that it will lead to lost revenue. Sue Freehling, owner of Freehling Pot and Pan Co., 1365 E. 53rd St., is concerned. She expects her business to be more heavily affected(…)

U. of C. biologist uses cockroaches to teach kids about the brain

U. of C. biologist uses cockroaches to teach kids about the brain

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago professor wants to help kids understand how neurons work, using brains and cockroaches. Stephanie Palmer, an assistant professor of organismal biology and anatomy, recently invited students from the seventh grade science class at Marquette School of Excellence, 6550 S. Richmond Ave., to take a look at(…)

Hyde Park Community Players’ latest is all about the music

Hyde Park Community Players’ latest is all about the music

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will debut their first live musical this month. The group’s last play of the season, a production of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” will take place this weekend and next at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The play(…)

Hyde Park quilt show turns 25, adds day

Hyde Park quilt show turns 25, adds day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The United Church of Hyde Park’s annual quilt show and sale will turn 25 this year. The show, founded by late Kenwood High School English teacher Alta Blakely in 1991, will return later this week to the church, at 1448 E. 53rd St. The show will take place from 10(…)

Breaking the code at the Museum of Science and Industry

Breaking the code at the Museum of Science and Industry

  By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a few connections to “The Imitation Game,” a critically acclaimed thriller that took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Imitation Game” tells the story of Alan Turing, a British cryptanalyst who used codebooks and an Enigma machine found on the Museum of Science(…)

Hyde Parkers back Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal

Hyde Parkers back Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council Schools Committee and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council voted to send letters of support to the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett as it prepares its proposal to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for an open enrollment, green technology high school. At its meeting Wednesday night,(…)

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald shows there is overwhelming support for placing the Barack Obama Presidential Library near Washington Park, but not in it. In an online, unscientific poll, 292 people voiced where they feel is the best place to site the library. The far and away(…)

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two new pop-up stores are coming to 53rd Street. Lively, an Oak Park-based running and athletic wear store for women, and Belle Up, a maternity store out of Beverly, will both open temporary second locations on 53rd Street. Lively will open April 1 for six months at 5421 S. Harper(…)

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured last Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning. “In the course(…)

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A newly graduated University of Chicago Booth student is hoping to change the way small businesses and their customers interact — including here in Hyde Park. Daniel Rezko, a childhood resident of Hyde Park and 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the co-founder of Yella, a(…)