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Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After two years serving as the Logan Center’s inaugural visual arts program curator, Monika Szewczyk is leaving the University of Chicago for Athens, Greece. Szewczyk will join a panel of curators for a 2017 European exhibition of contemporary art, “Documenta 14.” During her time at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501(c)(3) status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies opened its new location on 57th Street Thursday. B’Gabs’ new space at 1450 E. 57th St. has remained unoccupied since its previous tenant, Caffe Florian, closed in August 2010. B’Gabs’ former Woodlawn location at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. closed on Oct. 18, according to owner Gabrielle(…)

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In its first week shuttling shoppers through the neighborhood, Hyde Park’s new business-subsidized trolley served about 50 riders per day. While that number is about half of what program manager Eric Reeves was hoping for, he isn’t discouraged. Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was the(…)

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago submitted its final bid last week to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South Side. In the run up to the Thursday deadline more details were released about what the university presented to the Obama Foundation, including information on other institutions it would partner with,(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to exhibit Chicago students’ work

Hyde Park Art Center to exhibit Chicago students’ work

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will unveil an exhibition of work by recent art program graduates this Friday. “Ground Floor” is part of a similarly titled biennial show that has taken place since 2010 at HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. The show aims to boost budding artists’ audiences and(…)

Holiday season a cappella program at Rockefeller Chapel this Saturday

Holiday season a cappella program at Rockefeller Chapel this Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A choir with strong Hyde Park ties will perform choral holiday music this weekend. Lakeview-based Chicago a cappella will present “Holidays a cappella”  at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., a program ranging from carols to spirituals and Hanukkah songs to selections from(…)

Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jackie Jackson and Kenneth Faulkner, owners of Kilwins Chocolates Hyde Park, are starting a holiday tradition: the “Santa Claus is Coming to Hyde Park Extravaganza.” In December, Kilwins will be adorned with Christmas decorations and every Saturday and Sunday — Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 from 3 p.m. to(…)

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer “Macbeth” is a play with a reputation. The Scottish Play, as theater folks euphemistically call it, earned that title because it has a history, real or perceived, for bringing mayhem to any theater that performs it. That didn’t deter University of Chicago fourth year Eamon Boylan from directing a sold-out(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A volunteer from the parent education group Raise Your Hand Illinois spoke to community members at the Hyde Park –Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) recently about the group’s recommendation that the full administering of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test be postponed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it should be higher. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Jay Mulberry will present the artwork of Cyrus Leroy Baldridge Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Hyde Park Historical Society. “I’ve been trying to open up a space for him to be recognized,” Mulberry said of the illustrator and oil painter. “He was very prominent but left(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference approves budget boosting program funds

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference approves budget boosting program funds

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) has approved its budget for the 2014-2015 year. The approximately $31,500 budget was approved at HP-K CC’s November meeting, which was attended by around 25 people, according to President George Rumsey. HP-K CC’s authorized expenses amount to roughly the same amount of money(…)

Hyde Park man charged in November shooting

Hyde Park man charged in November shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man is being held without bail after a shooting last month left one person dead. Paris Walker-Rush, 25, is being held without bail for violating his probation after a fatal shooting on Nov. 21. Walker-Rush was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony(…)

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

From the July 21, 2004, special anniversary section of the Hyde Park Herald, pages 8 and 9. Bill Murray, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, Jim and John Belushi, Gilda Radner — American comedians whom many of us have enjoyed through the years. And the root of their comedy is on 55th Street in the(…)

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It shocked Billy Jonas to realize that his childhood dream of making “music anytime, anywhere, about anything, for anyone,” has come to pass. “I originally made my music for adults then the children of the adults began to like it,” said the musician. “Both can enjoy it on their(…)

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Mike Nichols, satirist and director of “The Graduate,” died last week in his Manhattan home. His time in Hyde Park helped to shape Chicago’s theater scene as we know it today. Nichols came to Chicago in the 1950s after dropping out of New York University. Here he enrolled in a pre-med program at the University(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years, local businesses honored

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years, local businesses honored

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 75th anniversary at an annual dinner Thursday night at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The event included a raffle of prizes donated by businesses all over Hyde Park. The night’s big winner, taking home a pair of $750 diamond(…)

Accolades for Kenwood, Ancona and Lab plus a Thanksgiving concert in school news

Accolades for Kenwood, Ancona and Lab plus a Thanksgiving concert in school news

Honorable mention for tennis playing senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy student and tennis player Caitlyn Schaffer had a good athletic senior year. Schaffer won first place at Sectionals for the Kenwood Girls Tennis team and went on to compete in the Illinois High School Association’s Girls State Tennis Tournament Finals in(…)

Hyde Park opera singer to perform anthem at Bears game this Sunday

Hyde Park opera singer to perform anthem at Bears game this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Wilbur Pauley will sing the national anthem at this Sunday’s Chicago Bears football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lyric Opera bass singer’s Nov. 23 appearance at Soldier Field will be his third time singing the anthem for the Bears. A Hyde Park resident since 2005, Pauley(…)