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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(…)

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(…)