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Hyde Park residents challenged to help write neighborhood’s longest poem

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Indie City Writers group is seeking the help of community members as it tries to write the neighborhood’s longest poem. Community members of all ages and all writing skills will be invited to add lines to the 98-foot-long roll of paper at the community booth during the Hyde Park(…)

Residents talk benefits in building of Obama Presidential Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer South Side community members gathered for a second time last night to talk about what kind of benefits they want to see as residents of surrounding communities once the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is built in Jackson Park. The meeting, sponsored by the Southside Together Organizing for Power and the(…)

Marsha Ambrosius to perform at Promontory tonight

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Grammy-nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius will perform tonight at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Ambrosius, originally from Liverpool, England, will soon release a new solo album, “Friends & Lovers,” a combination of soul and hip-hop music. The album includes work with other musicians such as Charlie Wilson and Skye(…)

CTU prepares for upcoming CPS budget hearings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) plans to hold two budget hearings on Friday, Aug. 19. The hearings take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison St. These hearings follow the announcement of staff layoffs for the upcoming school year.(…)

Arts Incubator to host summer teen show

 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative and After School Matters Programs taught a six-week teen summer program at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., and tonight its pupils are ready to show off their work. The program included several different programs within it. There was a Community(…)

New fall fest brings Oktoberfest spirit to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is getting a new fall festival on Sept. 16 and 17 called “Brews, Brats and Brass-A Different Type of Oktoberfest.” The festival will be Hyde Park’s take on an Oktoberfest celebration, with fall crafted beers and ciders, sausage and bratwurst eats and live brass inspired bands taking over(…)

CPS hosts Back-to-School for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Jazz festival donates to Hyde Park Food Pantry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Food Pantry, located at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., received a generous donation from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. The annual weeklong Chi-Town Jazz Festival has been going on since 2010 and performs jazz concerts at various venues throughout the city. All proceeds from the(…)

Residents want Hyde Park/Indiana bus route restored

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Kenwood residents, senior citizens in Washington Park retirement homes, and interns at the Midwest academy met Monday, Aug. 1, at the Kennicott Park Field House, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., to discuss extension of the Bronzeville/Union Station (#1) bus route to 64th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The route ran(…)

Ancona adds garden to Outdoor Learning Space

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final phase of the Outdoor Learning Space at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., will be completed on Aug. 27 with the addition of a garden. The Outdoor Learning Space was completed at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year and includes an expansive playground, a nature area with(…)

Oral history returns at Hyde Park Historical Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) 8th Annual Oral History Program will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program focuses on sharing memories and stories about Hyde Park experiences throughout the years. This year’s theme for the program is “Memories of Hyde Park(…)

SMART Museum to host Red Line Service speaker series

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Red Line Service, an organization that does art projects and other cultural programming with Chicago’s homeless population, is coming to the University of Chicago’s SMART Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., this month. The group will host multiple conversations about what life is like for the homeless population, or(…)

French film in the park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council (HWPAC), along with the French Consulate of Chicago, will host a special foreign film on Friday, Sept. 16. The French film “The Class” will screen at the park at 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., in French but with English subtitles. A short concert will(…)

Community meeting on Obama Library to discuss benefits agreement

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) is partnering up with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) again to host the second community meeting about the Obama Presidential Library this Wednesday, Aug. 10. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake(…)

CPS announces staff layoffs, how area schools will be affected

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced annual staffing changes for the upcoming school year for staff members across the district. Several schools in Hyde Park will be affected by the cuts. In total, 508 teachers from 387 schools will be impacted. In addition, 521 school support personnel will be(…)

Oriental Institute to host program teaching children about writing

 Herald Intern The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will host a program for children to teach them about the evolution of writing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The event will be hands-on and will present a timeline of how writing began, changed, branched into different alphabets, and(…)

Target announces opening date, job fairs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Target that will be located inside of Vue53, 1346 E. 53rd St., announced that it will be opening for shoppers on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The retailer plans to host two job fairs to hire a total of 75 employees at the Hyde Park location. Job fairs will take place(…)

U of C to form community advisory board for trauma center

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Following the December 2015 announcement that the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) will build a level I trauma center on its Hyde Park campus, the university is now seeking this input on the logistics of the center. The university is forming a 15-person community advisory board to work with(…)

Student organization wary of UCPD expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organization is pushing back against the school’s plans to grow its private police force, whose coverage zone extends from 37th Street to 64th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. In a July 27 statement, university President Robert Zimmer announced(…)