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Cornell Park gets nature play space

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Like most parks in Hyde Park, the space located on Cornell Avenue between 54th and 55th streets is undergoing a facelift, however, while most parks are getting new swings and slides, Cornell Park is embracing what is known as a “Nature Play Space.” A nature play space is an assigned(…)

Washington Park residents examine effectiveness of CAPS

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Washington Park Residents Advocacy Council discussed the relevance of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program in its community during its meeting on Aug. 20. CAPS is a partnership between the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the city’s 200 police districts. Founded in 1993 as a pilot program with the(…)

U. of C. professor organizes new citywide music festival

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A University of Chicago professor, Augusta Read Thomas, has been organizing a new contemporary music festival across Chicago: the Ear Taxi Festival (ETF). The musical lineup was announced mid-August, and will include a performance at Rockefeller Chapel by the university’s carillon player. Thomas is the Professor of Composition in Music at(…)

Bedbug outbreak reveals deeper issues at WHPK

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The suspension of programing at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) radio station WHPK due to a bedbug outbreak has caused several DJs to resign citing unfair treatment as a major concern. This decision comes after the issue of bed bugs arose in early August after an outbreak was(…)

Film series looks at past to discuss issues of present

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer South Side Projections will be showing films this fall throughout the South Side that center around the topic of labor movements in their “Alternative Histories” film and discussion series. The first screening kicked off last Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., where “At the River(…)

Beyond a Mammogram to host walk for breast cancer

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Beyond a Mammogram is hosting its annual walk/run to raise awareness for breast cancer research on Sept. 24. All proceeds made will go towards Dr. Olunfumilayo Olopade’s breast cancer research at the University of Chicago. Beyond a Mammogram’s mission is to increase awareness of the risks of breast cancer, and(…)

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(…)

Last Harper Court concert of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The last Harper Court Summer Music Series concert of 2016 will take place this Wednesday, Aug. 31. Concerts began in May and continued weekly through the summer, featuring blues, jazz and Latin artists that performed in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. Wednesday’s concert will feature Afro beat style music(…)

HPKCC collects used books for annual book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) has started collecting books for the upcoming Hyde Park Used Book Sale, which happens Saturday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 11. Book donations can be made at the bottom of the stairs at Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. This year marks the(…)

#HashtagLunchbag preps meals for the homeless

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer #HashtagLunchbag is a charity movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving through social media. It is a perfect example of how a small group of people on a local level can make a tremendous impact, one small act at a time. The next #HashtagLunchbag(…)

Hyde Park Kenwood Legends host block club party

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Kenwood Legends (HPKL) youth baseball league is hosting a Block Club Party on Sept. 3. HPKL is hosting the party in partnership with PlayStreets Chicago an initiative to support neighborhoods closing off streets to have safe, active events. The party, which is free of charge, will take(…)

Nando’s Peri-Peri likely to replace Clark’s

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer According to recent city building permits, the South African chicken chain Nando’s Peri-Peri will replace Clark’s Diner, which was evicted by the University of Chicago, earlier this month. On Tuesday, the city issued permits to Burton Heiss, the owner of Nando’s Peri-Peri for $70, 000 in interior renovations for the(…)

No “trigger warnings,” “safe spaces” for incoming freshmen

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer In a letter sent to the University of Chicago’s incoming class of 2020, Wednesday, Dean of Students John Ellison, warned students there would be no cancelling invitations of guests whose views may seem controversial (trigger warnings) or places where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their(…)

Studs Turkel biographer to discuss work at 57th Street Books

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Author Alan Wieder will be visiting 57th Street Books on September 15 to discuss his biography about the famous Chicagoan broadcaster, “Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation.” Well known for being a storyteller, Studs Turkel was an acclaimed author, radio host, historian and supporter of civil rights. He knew(…)

Rap icon to discuss and sign new book

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History in conjunction with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores will present rap music legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, who will be there to discuss and sign copies of his new book “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide,” on Friday, Aug. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9(…)

Changes at local CPS schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tuesday, Sept. 6 is the first day of school for students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, and Hyde Park schools will have some changes for the start of the new academic year. Kozminski Uniforms Students at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 56th St., will be showing up to school in(…)

WHPK’s office number now used by U. of C. Medical Center

The University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) radio station WHPK has been shut down since Monday, Aug. 5 due to a bedbug outbreak. The phone in its studio rings continually with no voice message explaining why the station went dark and the number to the station’s main office is now the number of the U.(…)

Fashion walk in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A vibrant fashion show will fill the streets of Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 27. BLKLST, a Chicago-based clothing company that boasts bold prints, unique fabrics and “wearable art,” will premiere its Fall 2016 collection through this weekend’s Urban Decadence showcase. The fashion walk starts at 3 p.m. on 5200(…)

Rummage sale in Washington Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27, the Washington Park Residents Advocacy Council will hold its second annual rummage sale. The rummage sale will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The group will set up in the parking lot directly behind the Fieldhouse, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. According to council(…)

Children’s Book Fair approaching

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The 30th annual Children’s Book Fair will take place Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nichols Park, 355 E. 53rd St. The fair has grown over time and now serves as a showcase for local booksellers and different organizations serving the community. Some vendors this year include(…)