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Hyde Parker applies for advisory council at Harold Washington Playlot Park

Hyde Parker applies for advisory council at Harold Washington Playlot Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Timika Hoffman-Zoller has applied to form a new advisory council for Harold Washington Playlot Park, which will host its first meeting on July 7 at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Hoffman-Zoller, who is currently president of the Elm Park Advisory Council, was inspired(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright house, twice controversial, now sold

Frank Lloyd Wright house, twice controversial, now sold

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed McArthur House sold recently for $925,000, half a million dollars below its initial asking price. The McArthur House, 4852 S. Kenwood Ave., was bought by a family who intends to restore the home and use it as a private residence, said Louisa McPharlin, a real estate(…)

Beloved principal honored with mural

Beloved principal honored with mural

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Desi Mundo, aerosol writer and muralist, created a mural of Hyde Park educator Sara Spurlark and donated it to Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kenwood Ave. Mundo is the founder and executive director of Community Rejuvenation Project in Oakland, Calif. He’s also painted several murals around(…)

Kenwood art revealed

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern There’s a new splash of art along Hyde Park Boulevard. A collaboration between Chicago Public Art Group artist Phil Schuster and Kenwood Academy’s art students, a new mural outside the school is part of an initiative to increase the presence of the high school’s art programming. Schuster, a cement(…)

Tomato trade for poetry at the HPAC

Tomato trade for poetry at the HPAC

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center hosted an exchange of free tomato seedlings for poems last week. The impromptu swap was organized by Cream Co., a Bridgeport-based artist collective that was in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2011 and 2012. Since last year, the group has been swapping(…)

Hyde Park Community Art Fair to feature artist with bags made of upholstery fabric

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern One of around 85 participants at this year’s Hyde Park Community Art Fair (CAF), artist Jackie Gray will sell bags she creates with upholstery fabric. “My bags are one-of-a-kind,” Gray said. “I like to say unless there’s someone else, in Albuquerque or somewhere, with the exact same idea, and(…)

Hyde Park Community Art Fair returns this weekend

Hyde Park Community Art Fair returns this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Art Fair will once again set up shop just steps away from the 57th Street Art Fair. The unaffiliated fair will take place from 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, at Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., and will(…)

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)