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Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosts preschool fair

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is co-hosting the 2016 South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair this month in partnership with the Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago. The event will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Sept.(…)

Multiple burglaries cause community concern

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Monday, Aug. 15 is a date Carol Walls will never forget. It was the day she returned from work to find someone had entered her home, riffled through her belongings and left with not only her valuables but also her sense of safety. “They walked right in, past security, came(…)

Singer-songwriter playing series at Hyde Park Farmer’s Market

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Ethan Sellers, a multi-faceted musician and Hyde Park music teacher, is playing acoustic guitar and vocal sets at the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market on the mornings of Sept. 8 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1(…)

Hyde Park seniors find niche in Encore Chorale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s Encore Chorale is approaching its third session starting Sept. 14, and its success speaks—or sings—volumes in the positive experiences of the chorale singers. Cindy Pardo has been singing for years, taking voice lessons and is an active member in the choir at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn(…)

Bookstores oppose Amazon Books coming to Chicago

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Independent bookstores across Chicago, including 57th Street Books and the Seminary Co-Op, are banding together against Amazon Books. After the newest location of the physical Amazon store was confirmed for the Lakeview neighborhood two weeks ago, seventeen bookstores released an official statement listing the pros to having locally owned stores(…)

MSI offers Illinois residents free museum entry

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Illinois residents can visit the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) for free, from Sept. 6 to 30. Current exhibits at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., include a 20-foot Tesla Coil that strikes lightning overhead, a human-sized hamster wheel, a mirror maze, a German submarine that was captured during(…)

Attempted armed robbery behind Treasure Island thwarted by Good Samaritan

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer A 54-year-old man was held up at gunpoint behind Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., around 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, according to the Chicago Police Department. Neighbors on the scene said the man was an employee of the United State Post Office. According to police, the man was approached(…)

Super Sunday

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This Sunday, Sept. 4, the Hyde Park Arts Center (HPAC) is hosting a full day of art related activities for free. The day, “Super Sunday”, includes new exhibitions, Q&As with artists, art workshops, and art sales. The 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition, New Business, will host a public critique at(…)

Promontory hosts Jay Z tribute show

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern On Sept. 30, Chicago emcee Christopher LeMark will perform a two-hour musical tribute to rapper Jay Z at the Promontory. His show, “Brooklyn Meets Chicago”, is an effort to show affection towards the Hip Hop industry, and Brooklyn native Hip Hop and R+B artist Jay Z in particular. The show(…)

CPS students get free museum days

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This week, Chicago Public School (CPS) students get free admission at some of Chicago’s museums. Having begun on Aug. 28, this deal lasts until Saturday, Sept. 3, with the CPS school year starting on September 6. Ten Chicago institutions are participating, including Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, DuSable(…)

Attempted armed robbery behind Treasure Island thwarted by Good Samaritan

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer   A 54-year-old man was held up at gunpoint behind Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., around 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, according to the Chicago Police Department. Neighbors on the scene said the man was an employee of the United State Post Office. According to police, the man was(…)

Event coordinators bring new festivals to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park will have had four major entertainment festivals by the end of 2016. Beloved staples like the Hyde Park Jazz Festival are always on the calendar, but new fests are popping up in the neighborhood, like this year’s successful Silver Room Block Party and the upcoming Brews, Brats and(…)

Hyde Park Community Players Staged Readings

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are a community theater group that presents plays and monthly staged readings on the first Friday of each month. The night consist of a one-hour staged reading followed by snacks and a moderated discussion with the performers Modeled after a literary salon, the presentations give(…)

Blackstone Library closed on Labor Day

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. All other Chicago Public Library branches including the Harold Washington Library Center and the Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries will also be closed that day. All libraries will reopen Tuesday, Sept.(…)

Fall Bulb & Mum Sale returns

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The annual Hyde Park Fall Bulb & Mum Sale will take place Sept. 17. Held in mid-September, the fair is an opportunity to buy a variety of flowers and bulbs, as well as learn more about the plants and how to take care of them. The Hyde Park Garden Fair,(…)

Harper Court Music Series

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Tonight marks the last of the four outdoor summer concert series at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The collaboration between the University of Chicago and The Silver Room owner, Eric Williams, began in May with a show from Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings and DJ Eric “ET” Taylor. In(…)

MSI first to exhibit defense agency artifacts

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer For the first time in history, The Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) has a one-of-a-kind exhibit on display at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Founded in 1958 in response to the Russian launch of Sputnik, DARPA has worked to keep the US at(…)

CPS librarians continue to decrease in number

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is beginning its school year with 508 less teachers across the district, and, according to reports, more than 60 school librarians have also been cut. WBEZ recently reported that CPS librarian numbers have been decreasing over the years, from 454 librarians budgeted in 2012 to 217(…)

Beth Harris named interim director at Lab School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab School) will be starting the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with a new Interim Director, Beth Harris. After Robin Appleby resigned from the role in May after two years in the position, Harris was chosen as the interim director only days(…)

NKO Conservation Council to discuss Binny’s expansion

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Council will discuss Binny’s Beverage Depot’s plans to move from its current location into the Lake Park Point Shopping Center, 1314 E. 47th St. Binny’s, which is currently leasing 3,500 square feet of space in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1531 E. 53rd St., is(…)