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Hales Franciscan suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is suspending the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume for the 2017-18 school year. The decision comes after a dramatic decrease in enrollment to the private school(…)

Kenwood High School reunion ignites Bronco pride

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If you grew up in Hyde Park between 1969 and today, you most likely attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The school, founded in 1969, has had 47 graduating classes, and all of them are invited to the sixth annual all class reunion on Sunday, Aug. 14.(…)

U. of C. sells three residence halls to 3L real estate

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For months, residents of the University of Chicago dormitories that closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year have speculated on the future of their now former residence halls. Monday, July 18, Chicago Real Estate Daily wrote that the university of has sold three of these dorms to 3L(…)

Obama Library town hall meeting on community benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 27, there will be a town hall meeting calling for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the upcoming Obama Presidential Library. The meeting will take place at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The CBA will call on the Obama Foundation(…)

Shakespeare in the park returns to Hyde Park area

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Comedy, romance and mistaken identity come to Washington Park, 5531 S. Russell Dr., this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” after shows in Burnside and Beverly on the far South Side. Shakespeare in the Parks is a beloved Chicago summer tradition. Each(…)

Race the topic of discussion at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two of the country’s most prominent young writers on race, Mychal Denzel Smith and Marc Lamont Hill, will stop by the Seminary Co-op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Aug. 9, to discuss their respective new books. Smith, a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation(…)

Michelle Obama back in the neighborhood through weekend  

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer First Lady Michelle Obama will be returning to her Kenwood home this week and staying through Sunday, according to reports. Obama is returning to the South Side after her inspiring speech last night at the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “I wake up every morning in a house that(…)

57th St. Books to host Harry Potter midnight release party

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For the first time in nearly a decade, bookstores across the country will host Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties. Hyde Park’s celebration of the eighth Harry Potter story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at 57th St. Books, 1201 E. 57th St., and(…)

Wednesday concert in Harper Court

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harper Court Summer Music Series continues this Wednesday with authentic Latin music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. DJ El Caobo and DJ Kamani Rashad will perform Salsa, Bachata, Meringue and Kimzomba style tunes. Dance instructors will be available to teach the(…)

DuSable exhibit explores Chicago freedom stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Patrons of the DuSable Museum of African American History’s newest permanent installment must enter the exhibit through the underbelly of a slave ship. Shackles, bilboes and collars hang from the walls, which display images of captured Africans flattened and stacked into the storage compartments of sailing ships. “Freedom, Resistance, and(…)

Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)

Insomnia Cookies soon to open in Hyde Park

 Herald Intern Late-night cookie chain Insomnia Cookies will arrive in Hyde Park, come the start of the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) 2016-17 academic year. The store will be located in U. of C.’s new dormitory, 1105 E. 55th St, North Campus Residential Commons, as one of several dining options on(…)

Logan Center to host blogging event

 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host a class on blogging this evening at 5:30 p.m. The class, led by University of Chicago alum, Preston Thomas, will consider blogging communities and demographics, types of blogs, comment sections on blogs, content creation, social media(…)

Community meeting for 1400 Hyde Park building proposal

Ald. Sophia King (4th ) is hosting a community meeting, Thursday, July 21, to share information about the residential condo project proposed for 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

22-year-old man shot in Kenwood

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A 22-year-old man was shot in the Kenwood neighborhood Wednesday night and taken to Stroger hospital in serious condition. According to police, at approximately 10:50 p.m. the man was walking down the 4900 block of South Woodlawn Avenue when another man approached on foot and shot the victim in the(…)

U. of C. Medicine professor dies in traffic crash

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of. C) professor died Wednesday morning after being struck by a car during his morning jog in the 1900 block of E. 67th St. The university identified the professor as Dr. Gary Toback, who had taught in the U. of C. Department of Medicine for(…)

Bike tour explores art stops on South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is hosting an art-themed bike ride Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour will be led by Erika Dudley, the senior program manager for the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago, and Patric McCoy, the(…)

Chicago physics conference features U. of C. scientists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics, the world’s largest gathering of physicists, is coming to Chicago this August and dozens of University of Chicago (U. of C.) scientists will be participating. The conference, which runs from Aug. 3-10, will draw over 1,200 scientists from around the world to(…)

Seminary Co-Op to host poetry reading

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Seminary Co-Op bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host a poetry reading on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. Poets John Koethe and David Trinidad will be reading from their latest works, “The Swimmer” and “Notes on a Past Life.” Koethe, author of “The Swimmer,” has published nine poetry(…)

St. Thomas alumni prepare for school reunion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Elementary and high school experiences can shape a person’s interests and future for life. In the case of alumni at St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA). 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., even decades later, the school still resonates with them. “I am very proud to have gone to a Catholic School,”(…)