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Is Hyde Park developing a taste for fashion?

Is Hyde Park developing a taste for fashion?

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Earlier this summer, 110 attendees gathered in Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., for a spring fashion show highlighting new Hyde Park businesses. The event, titled “Fashion on 53rd,” featured local boutiques Comfort Me, Independence, Sir & Madam, Silver Umbrella, Stamp’Lays Executive Boutique & Salon and Villa and(…)

Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A group of artists with Hyde Park ties will be representing the neighborhood at a new exhibit south of the border — the state border, that is. “The Hyde Park Connection” will open Saturday, July 5, at the CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Ind. It will feature works in several(…)

Pop-up shop Sir & Madame makes way for children’s retailer

Pop-up shop Sir & Madame makes way for children’s retailer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Boutique clothing pop-up shop Sir and Madame, which closed for good last Sunday after nine months in Hyde Park, will make way for a children’s retailer this August. A new pop-up store, The Red Balloon, plans to sell children’s clothing, books and toys in the space at 1420 E. 53rd(…)

At 95, he keeps his stride

At 95, he keeps his stride

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “Do you see 1340? Keep looking,” Taylor Lucy, owner of Mr T’s Shoe Services, 1007 E. 53rd St., told a customer scanning shelves full of numbered bags of shoes. No dice. Lucy went to the back of his store and found the black shoes with clear heels. “I see it!(…)

Two grandpas, one idea

Two grandpas, one idea

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 2Grandpa’s Publishing is a homegrown operation — literally. Hyde Parker Stuart M. Rankin, 77, runs the children’s books publisher with his business partner, Al Hawkins, out of his apartment at the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Beach Drive. “We don’t have any office space,” Rankin said in an elegantly furnished room(…)

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

New interim principal at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Elena Savoy is the new interim principal at Ray Elementary School. The school’s previous interim principal, Antonia Hill, took over as the interim principal at Drake Elementary School. The Ray local school council could not decide on a permanent principal during its search this(…)

Summer sidewalk sale makes an encore

Summer sidewalk sale makes an encore

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Encore Resale Clothing, 1553 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host its first summer sidewalk sale of the year this Friday and Saturday, with hopes of chipping away at the store’s debt. The store, founded in Dec. 2010, held its first series of summer sidewalk sales last summer. Store Manager Rebekah(…)

New director takes reins at Hyde Park Angels

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Hyde Park Angels (HPA), a group that invests in and advises selected startup companies, is seeking a new managing director following the departure of former Managing Director Karin O’Connor. Founded by a group of University of Chicago Booth School of Business students in the Executive MBA program, HPA has(…)

Robbery warning for Hyde Park

Robbery warning for Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police recently issued a warning about robberies at the north end of Jackson Park. The robberies occurred in the vicinity of the south 5600 and 5700 blocks between Stony Island Avenue and Everett Drive in June. In the instances three offenders approached victims, displayed a handgun and announced(…)

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,(…)

Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern This year’s annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert, “Bernstein Bash!,” will pay homage to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. There will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on June 1. Concluding the University of(…)

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

Five years of the players

By Jessica Kim Cohen Herald Intern Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Hyde Park Community Players will perform their first improvisation and sketch-comedy show at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Repeat performances will be announced throughout June, beginning with two performances at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn(…)