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Whole foods on track for 2015 arrival

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods is still planning on opening its first South Side store inside City Hyde Park in 2015, despite neighborhood rumors to the contrary. “I’m happy to report that there’s no truth to the rumor,” said Eli Ungar, principal at Antheus Capital. “People like to speculate about these things.” Antheus(…)

Question over lots

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern After Woodlawn residents voiced their concerns over vacant lots in their neighborhood, the U. of C. has reaffirmed its desire to “be a good neighbor,” but isn’t making specific promises in every case. At a Civic Engagement community meeting held at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th(…)

Book fair back in Sept.

Book fair back in Sept.

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities. Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the(…)

U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Vandervoort recognized for service

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Jackson Park Advisory Council has awarded its first “Golden Lady Volunteer of the Year Award” to Hyde Parker Fran Vandervoort. In her case, though, it’s being called the “volunteer of the decades” award. Vandervoort has been volunteering for JPAC since 2004, when she returned to the parks after working(…)

Readers support Hales co-ed choice

Hales is changing, and Herald readers like it. As recently reported in the Herald, Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is accepting young women as students for the first time since its founding in the 1960s. Shortly after breaking the news of the transition, the Herald asked readers to participate in a(…)

Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated(…)

Writer explores Prairie School’s Barry Byrne in new book

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Author Vincent Michael will return to Chicago, Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, to discuss and sign his book “The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe.” Byrne was a radical architect who was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and was inspired by Louis Sullivan. A(…)

HPHS stories program draws 70

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual stories event brought in over 70 participants this year. The event invites Hyde Parkers to share memories and sometimes mementos, and this year focused on the history and legacy of urban renewal. “Hyde Park Kenwood Stories” is a program of the society’s oral history committee, which conducts interviews with(…)

Ingleside Hall demolished

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago demolished Ingleside Hall last week as part of its expansion of the Main Quad. The university will turn the space where Ingleside Hall once stood, 956 E. 58th St., into two paths that will connect Crerar Library’s quadrangle to a larger campus-wide walkway. Demolition(…)

Dyett joins rejection of CPS budget

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Dyett High School, which is in year two of its four year phase out, joined schools across the city — including Ray Elementary School — in rejecting the preliminary budget proposed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the 2013-2014 school year. The school is also protesting decisions being made(…)

Hyde Parkers help you with dating

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One Hyde Park couple recently launched their own business and they hope their efforts will strengthen the relationships of other couples. Datelivery is a subscription service that delivers a pre-planned date night to customers’ homes. The newlyweds run the business out of their home on the 5300 block of Greenwood(…)

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern On Thursday, children sat at the floors of the basement of the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., intently listening to science educator Nicole Beaver, or “Miss Nicole,” speak about the systems of the human body. The free “Glob, Goo and Guts!” event at the library gave participants “a(…)

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” filmed a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park last week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The TV drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)

Object hanging on pole not noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved with(…)

Hyde Park Union Church exhibits “Reframing Beauty”

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Union Church (HPUC), 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a monthlong exhibit of work by artists with disabilities. The show, entitled “Reframing Beauty,” will be on display until Aug. 30, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The(…)

Vandals inspire restoration project

Vandals inspire restoration project

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The statue of St. Therese of Lisieux, France that stood in the garden at St. Thomas the Apostle School was recently removed from its post. Neighbors noticed that it was gone last week and reported it as an act of vandalism, but a St. Thomas administrator said the school(…)

Length of rope identified; not a noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose that some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved(…)

Chaka Khan reflects on her history in Hyde Park

Chaka Khan reflects on her history in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A weekend of celebration in Chicago just passed for 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist and former Hyde Parker Chaka Khan. The city honored her with a street naming ceremony and the declaration of Chaka Khan Day. The ceremony to name Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets Chaka Khan Way(…)

Muddy Waters home under under threat; locals helping out

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One of Muddy Waters’ final performances was at the legendary blues club The Checkerboard Lounge, and that club will help preserve his legacy through a fundraiser this fall. Waters spent decades playing impromptu jam sessions on the porch of his home at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. The house has(…)