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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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

New exhibit opening at Logan Center

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. will be presenting “Word Becomes Flesh” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Word Becomes Flesh” is written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a New York City native and current director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for(…)

Piccolo Mondo revamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will close for two weeks but will return with an Argentine bakery. After Monday, Aug. 5, Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., will close for renovations on its building. It will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 18. Restaurant owner Norberto Zas brought Diego Cureses in as the pastry chef.(…)

OI links past and present

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute is prepping for its Aug. 20 opening of the “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” exhibit. The show includes photos of Hyde Park residents and compares the work they do now to its origins. “We’re making connections between the ancient world and the modern world,”(…)

AfriCobra exhibit turns to recent contributors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The DuSable Museum of African American History will on July 26 open the final exhibit in a three-part show on the South Side artist collective AfriCobra, also known as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Located at 740 E. 56th Pl., “AfriCobra: Art and Impact,” which includes(…)

Local youth dreams of big leagues

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Eleven young Hyde Parkers are headed to Puerto Rico for a baseball tournament. “The Lou Collier Baseball Stars,” a team comprising two nine-year-olds, an eight-year-old and eight 10-year-olds, is at the top of one of the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ American regions, and will face off against nine other champion(…)

Resident links art and the outdoors

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern In recent years, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, called Art is Bonfire. Since 2011, Hyde Park resident Tiffanie Beatty has brought spoken word poets outdoors in this bi-annual social event. Beatty “wanted to create something a little more out(…)

Shoreland to have fastest internet in city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When residents begin moving into The Shoreland this September, they will have the fastest Internet service in any rental apartment in Chicago. MAC Property Management is nearly complete with the rehabilitation on the building, which operated as a luxury hotel for most of its life, and later as a dormitory.(…)

Lab begins keeping bees

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory School science department recently brought a honey beehive to campus. The school will use the beehive for observation and academic purposes. After kicking around the idea of bringing beehives to the The University of Chicago Laboratory School (Lab School), 1362 E. 59th St., Lab(…)

Films to show Black history

Southside Projections, a nonprofit organization, is presenting a series of film screenings throughout Chicago’s South Side. Four of the organization’s screenings will take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in conjunction with the “AfriCOBRA: Philosophy” exhibition at the Logan Center: “Medium Cool” (Haskell Wexler, 1969, 101(…)

Smart features American art

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Smart Museum is hosting an exhibit of American art, “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” through Aug. 25. The show, located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., will feature around 80 works by 34 artists — including photographer Walker Evans and painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler — spanning the(…)

Kenwood students excelling

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Graduates of Kenwood Academy High School obtained $13 million in scholarships making it the second most successful high school in the city in gaining scholarships. With the assistance of Post Secondary Coach Lindsay Hunter, 46 percent of the students that graduated this year from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)