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Challenger for 26th District makes a stand as a Republican

Challenger for 26th District makes a stand as a Republican

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In a city dominated by Democrats, all eyes were on this year’s primary election. But state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) can’t claim victory just yet: this November he faces Republican challenger Coby Hakalir on the ballot. Oakland resident Hakalir, 36, is the vice president of Oak Brook-based Inland Home Mortgage(…)

Institute seeks to build leadership among Jewish professionals

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A locally founded Jewish nonprofit is in its third year of piloting a fellowship program. The Institute for the Next Jewish Future (INJF), founded in 2011, facilitates Jewish innovation by bringing together practice, ideas and education, according to the organization’s founder and president, Hyde Park resident Daniel Libenson. As(…)

Teen with Hyde Park ties writes book

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A 16-year-old who frequents Hyde Park recently released a self-published cookbook on Amazon, titled “A Year with Gianna.” Gianna West, a patient at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., has regularly traveled 45 minutes to Hyde Park from her family’s home in Chicago(…)

Local author publishes plays

Local author publishes plays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Charlotte Sere recently published “The Stakes: Three Plays of the Black Experience to Heal, to Train, to Entertain.” The first of the three plays, Sere said, centers on Victoria, “an idealistic African American social worker [who is] the target of workplace racism, sexual harassment and political machinations.” The(…)

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” which is a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church, and centers around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find(…)

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago research team is spending its summer catching small butterflies in the neighborhood. Hyde Parkers might see Marcus Kronforst, a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolution, frantically swinging a butterfly net out on Midway Plaisance or in community gardens. The team is catching the white(…)

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of cultural institutions on the South Side have launched a campaign to bring more tourists and local visitors here. Declaring August “Museum Month,” six South Side institutions — including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Oriental(…)

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter has wrested an agreement by the city to make investigations into complaints against Chicago Police Department public. On July 11, the city said it would not pursue to appeal a March decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago to make public two(…)

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory is Hyde Park’s newest place for dinner and live music. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., had a soft opening Monday, July 21. The restaurant has been a long time in the making. Two years passed between when Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman first walked into the vacated Borders(…)

Program serves local, adventuresome youth

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In an effort to develop new teaching methods, an initiative of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is hosting more than 70 teenagers from local high schools for a free summer gaming program, titled “Project S.E.E.D.,” through Aug. 7. Project S.E.E.D., which stands for Story Engineering and Enabling(…)

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler is the new assistant principal of Murray Elementary School. She was selected for the position after the previous assistant principal Youlanda Snowden retired at the end of the school year. Butler began as the assistant principal (A.P.) on July 1 at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. The(…)

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory, the new restaurant and music venue from Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman, will open today. Promontory, located inside the old Borders building at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, will have a 300-seat capacity restaurant on the first floor and a 600 standing-room music venue on the second floor.(…)

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blocks from the University of Chicago Law School, where President Barack Obama once lectured, an art installation by saxophonist David Boykin is exploring one of the Hyde Parker’s most controversial strategies to combat terrorism: drones. Set in a room of the first floor of the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th(…)

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology recently used the possibility of an Obama Presidential Library as a teaching opportunity. Marshall Brown, associate professor of architecture, led a class in the spring semester where students chose a location for the library and designed a space to fit within(…)

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting Monday night, July 7, at the Del Prado building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. While not enough volunteers arrived to elect an advisory board, Timika Hoffman-Zoller said she hopes to see more neighbors at the next meeting. The committee discussed(…)

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Children’s Library annex of the Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch celebrated its 75th anniversary June 28 in conjunction with the library’s 110th anniversary celebration. Ald. Will Burns (4th) celebrated with the Children’s annex by reading stories to the children in attendance and inviting them to help him cut(…)

A puzzle for bookstores

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Two neighborhood bookstores, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will participate in Chicago’s first Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, July 12. Independent Bookstore Day encourages readers to shop locally and to explore stores around Chicago. Nine stores across the city(…)

Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., began selling alcohol two weeks ago, after receiving their liquor license. The theater has been working to obtain a liquor license since it opened a year and a half ago. Now equipped with beer on tap, vodka, whiskey and wine, Harper Theater advertises(…)

Charter schools subject of Urban Education Institute talk

Charter schools subject of Urban Education Institute talk

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Economist Richard Murnane, co-author of “Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education,” was the keynote speaker last Tuesday during an event hosted by the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute (UEI). The event also included a panel discussion with educators from the university’s charter(…)

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(…)