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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 “I originally made my music for adults then the children of the adults began to like it,” said the musician.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(…)

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A neighborhood storytelling tradition, Tellabration, will return to Hyde Park later this month. An annual evening of simultaneous storytelling events that started in Connecticut in 1988, Tellebration programming has since taken place across the country and around the world. Hyde Park’s 18th annual production of Tellebration is scheduled to take(…)

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old has been charged with assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week. Raekwon Franklin, 17, of the 3600 block of South Lake Park Avenue, has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. He is(…)