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New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center isn’t just visually stimulating, but incorporates, and encourages, the sense of touch in a setting that usually only uses our sense of sight. “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty” is the most recent set-up in the Kanter-McCormick Gallery at the Hyde Park Art(…)

U of. C Institute of Politics announces fall quarter fellows

U of. C Institute of Politics announces fall quarter fellows

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced five new fellows for this year’s fall quarter. The fellows are all leading political practitioners and will remain in residence at the university as they lead weekly seminars on subjects of national significance. Each week one of the fellows will(…)

String of robberies near university

String of robberies near university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s 2nd District has released a statement alerting residents of Hyde Park about three related incidents of robbery that have taken place in recent months. Incident times and locations are listed below: 5200 Block of S. University Ave. on August 17, 2015 at approximately 11:30 P.M. 5400(…)

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown slipped away on March 24, 2015 in Chicago, after a lengthy illness. McCarthy Brown was born October 3, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, daughter of James and Mary Loveridge McCarthy. McCarthy Brown was a long-time resident of Hyde Park, Chicago. She held a BA in International Studies from Ohio State University(…)

U of C Charter chair chosen

U of C Charter chair chosen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 20, Liz Thompson succeeded Margot Pritzker as the governing board chair of the University of Chicago Charter School. Thompson is a member of the university’s board of trustees and has served the charter school’s governing board since 2010. In addition to her roles with the University of Chicago(…)

DuSable picks new museum head

DuSable picks new museum head

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The board of Trustees of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., has named Perri L. Irmer as the museum’s new president and CEO. Irmer is an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional that was born, raised and still lives in the Hyde(…)

KOCO names new education organizer

KOCO names new education organizer

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), 4242 S. Cottage Grove Ave., has named Princella “Jaribu” Lee as the new education organizer, in replace of Jitu Brown. KOCO has been serving the South Side community since 1960 to improve public, local, and education policies in the area. KOCO develops new generations(…)

Celebrity designer brings “pop-in” shop to 53rd St.

Celebrity designer brings “pop-in” shop to 53rd St.

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fashionistas had the opportunity to rack up on clothing from Chicago-based designer, Jermikko Shoshanna, during her Labor Day weekend “pop-in” in Hyde Park. Shoshanna described her visit as a “pop-in” shop as opposed to a pop up shop because she took over the Anastasia Boutique, 1500 E. 53rd St., Thursday,(…)

DuSable Museum announces new President and CEO

DuSable Museum announces new President and CEO

BY SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The board of Trustees of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., has named Perri L. Irmer as the museum’s new president and CEO. Irmer is an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional that was born, raised and still lives in the Hyde(…)

Hyde Park boils over water

Hyde Park boils over water

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A portion of Hyde Park, including the University of Chicago and surrounding businesses and residential buildings, was subject to a boil order from Saturday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 30. Residents within the boundaries of 56th Street on the north, 59th Street on the south, Dorchester Avenue on the east(…)

DuSable Museum’s latest exhibit recounts a history of freedom

DuSable Museum’s latest exhibit recounts a history of freedom

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The opening of the new exhibit “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality” was held at DuSable Museum of African American History. The display is DuSable’s largest permanent exhibition, and tells the stories concerning over 200 years of African-American past. “We were planning this exhibit long before it’s coming out,”(…)

Using marathon as metaphor, La Rabida pushes donors to act

Using marathon as metaphor, La Rabida pushes donors to act

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This year, La Rabida Children’s Hospital is inviting people to join in its new 26.2 Challenge Fundraiser “How Will You Do Your 26.2?” Patients and donors will accomplish challenges in increments of 26.2, the number of miles in a marathon. Each individual challenge can be picked by the volunteer, and(…)

SB100 changes school discipline practices

SB100 changes school discipline practices

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 24, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 100, legislation aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and reforming school disciplinary practices that unfairly detriment students of color. SB 100 was created with the input of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a youth organizing collaborative for(…)

SHop celebrates ideas, the creative in temporary spaces

SHop celebrates ideas, the creative in temporary spaces

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Through collaborating with creativity and open programming, the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is aiming to culminate the DIY spirit of Hyde Park. Previously known as Hyde Park Free Theater, SHoP, 1448 E. 57th St., is refocusing on renewal this fall. Laura Shaeffer, the artistic director of SHoP, said the(…)

Student stories to be on display at OI

Student stories to be on display at OI

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Next year, the Oriental Institute will display student submitted artwork in order to bring attention to the global problem of looting and destroying cultural heritage. Chicago-area students and teachers alike are encouraged to submit two-dimensional artwork to the project, “Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story”, to be shown May(…)

Award included local authors

Award included local authors

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern In a few months, some of the most notable artists affiliated with Chicago will come together to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s work and award him the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. These artists include local Hyde Park authors such as Sara Paretsky and Blue Balliett. The Carl Sandburg Literary Award honors an(…)

Local beaches get Wi-Fi

Local beaches get Wi-Fi

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern With the recent additions of 57th Street Beach and 31st Street Beach on Aug.13, a total of seven Chicago beaches now offer free Wi-Fi to those on location. Other Wi-Fi enabled beaches include North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Foster, and Rainbow. Free beach Wi-Fi in Chicago is possible in part by Everywhere(…)

Local businesswoman awarded

Local businesswoman awarded

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park business owner has been named the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Business Development Center. Maya Khan, managing director at Nova Driving School, 5503 S. Harper Ave., will be recognized for her business management skills as a local Chicago entrepreneur. Khan, who opened the Hyde(…)

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago’s jazz scene will migrate to Hyde Park for the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 30th Annual Jazz Club Tour on Sept. 2. The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., will be one of the locations the tour stops, alongside renowned music venues such as Green Mill and Reggie’s. Jake Austen, the(…)

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago jazz musician Kahil El’Zabar will perform in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6pm, exactly one month before the start of the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The El’Zabar quartet includes Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Junius Paul on bass and Dennis Winslett on alto(…)