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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(…)

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With the removal of shrubs and trees complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) restoration of Jackson Park will turn its focus toward earthwork, construction and reintroducing native fish. Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services was awarded last September with a contract to kick off the multimillion dollar restoration of(…)

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia squared off last Monday in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and(…)

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

Suspension rates decline for some CPS students, according to a report from University of Chicago, 1313 E. 60th St. Suspension rates in Chicago Public Schools have declined significantly but still remain very high particularly among the system’s most vulnerable students, according to a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research(…)