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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(…)

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at home in Washington, D.C. She was a teacher at The College of the University of Chicago. Born Amy Judith Apfel in 1940, Kass grew up in New York City, where she graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She was educated in the College(…)

Helen Johnson, 96

Helen Johnson, 96

Hyde Park resident Helen Pomerance Johnson passed away at age 96 on August 19, 2015, from complications of heart disease. Her husband, Herman Frithjof Johnson, predeceased her. Ms. Johnson served 35 years as a physical education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, including Sawyer, Nightingale, Parker, and Pasteur Schools. She received the BE from Chicago(…)

Rosenwald on the screen

Rosenwald on the screen

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern The film Rosenwald, based on the life of Hyde Park-Kenwood resident Julius Rosenwald, opens in Chicago on Sept.4. The film features a number of Hyde Park locals and landmarks. The 90-minute documentary tells the story of Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist who never finished his high school career but went on(…)

U. of C. theorist gets a little glass

U. of C. theorist gets a little glass

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Members of the Department of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, along with the University of Wisconsin, have unexpectedly produced a new type of glass. Through various computer simulation experiments, Professor Juan de Pablo and a team produced samples of the material regularly. Each sample was then analysed using(…)

Walk-a-thon to be held for breast cancer research

Walk-a-thon to be held for breast cancer research

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern The Beyond a Mammogram breast cancer awareness organization will host its second annual 5K Breast Cancer Walkathon. All of the net proceeds go towards breast cancer research at the University of Chicago (U. of C.). “There are so many women and families who suffer,” said Beyond a Mammogram co-founder and(…)

Dyett supporters launch hunger strike

Dyett supporters launch hunger strike

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Dusable displays freedom’s past

Dusable displays freedom’s past

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality,” a new permanent exhibit installed at the DuSable Museum of African American History, will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 28. Curated by the museum’s staff, the installation brings together a wide variety of items and artifacts preserved by DuSable, 740 E.(…)

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine died on July 4. She and her family were residents of Hyde Park for more than 30 years. Huffine was born March 20, 1924 in Carlisle, Pa., the oldest of three. She graduated high school in the spring of 1942, the last graduating class before the U.S. became involved in(…)

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free tours catered to those with vision or hearing impairments at four Wright sites across Chicago, including the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Other participating houses include the Emil(…)