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Smart Museum hosts free Summer Cookout series

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., is hosting a series of Summer Cookouts to unveil the latest changes to the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The cookouts are scheduled for Thursdays June 30, July 14 and August 18 and are free to the public. The(…)

Hyde Park dinner crawl explores local favorites

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, June 28, the Hyde Park Dinner Crawl will explore local pallets from various restaurants that are staples in the neighborhood. The dinner crawl includes Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen, 1164 E. 55th St.; B’Gabs Goodies, 1450 E. 57th St.; Medici, 1327 E. 57th St.; The Nile, 1162 E. 55th St.;(…)

CPS addresses lead testing at community meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) gave updates on the lead testing at public schools during a community meeting Thursday, June 23 at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. CPS CEO, Forrest Claypool, and other city officials presented the report to about 10 community members who attended the meeting.(…)

Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 31st Hunger Walk in Jackson Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Greater Chicago Food Depository will host its 31st Annual Hunger Walk this Saturday, June 25, in Jackson Park. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and move along Lake Michigan for two miles. About 15,000 people are expected to attend this year to participate in the walk, volunteer and(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag seeks Hyde Park volunteers to help feed the homeless

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park residents are invited to the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, June 25, to help distribute lunch bags to homeless Chicagoans. Hashtag Lunchbag, a non-profit organization that sponsors food drives across the country, will be hosting the event. Community residents looking to pitch in should assemble at(…)

Armed men rob U. of C. staff member

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine staff member fell victim to an armed robbery on Wednesday, June 22, near 56th Street and South Kimbark Avenue. According to the U. of C. Security Alert, the victim was walking eastbound on 56th Street, at approximately 4:15 p.m., when approached from(…)

Hyde Park psychotherapist couple greatly influenced those around them

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and associates of psychotherapist Robert Moore offer an illustration of the man that stands in stark contrast to the circumstances of his death. Moore, a former professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St., and his wife Margaret Shanahan, a prominent Jungian psychotherapist, were found dead,(…)

Women share stories to help fight against brain tumors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, June 24, 12 women will convene at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., to tell the stories of women overcoming and coping with life’s struggles. The performance, “Walk In My Shoes” starts at 7 p.m. in the performance hall and runs two hours without an intermission. The(…)

Chicago Free School seeks a middle school teacher

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As it heads into its third year, Chicago Free School is looking to expand enrollment and hire an additional full-time middle school teacher, according to school founder Lauren Beitler. Chicago Free School finished up the school year with 53 students enrolled. Beitler said she hopes that enrollment grows to 60(…)

Hyde Park native hosts dance party at Daley Plaza

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park native Toni Shelton, one of the premiere House music promoters in Chicago, is fighting violence with dance. Spurred by Chicago’s recent uptick in violence, Shelton organized a dance party for Aug. 8, at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., in which she hopes to offer a refuge for(…)

HPHS honors student projects about Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer High school students will showcase their work on the history of the Hyde Park Township at an event on Saturday, June 25. The Chicago area students are the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) award for best student projects from the 2016 Chicago Metro History Fair that took(…)

Graduate students say goodbye to I-House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The end of the school year brought with it feelings of disappointment and defeat for a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) students who, over the past year, have been fighting the administration’s decision to clear graduate students out of International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St. “All(…)

Montgomery Place dining gets upscale upgrade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An upscale dining experience does not have to be had at a five-star restaurant in the Loop. Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., is trying to bring the full-fledged experience of an upscale restaurant to its residents. “We want to get it to that next level of a fine dining(…)

Politicians wear patriotic costumes at 4th on 53rd parade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Usually local elected officials are seen wearing suits or professional attire but at the 4th on 53rd parade they break away from their normal dress to wear wacky, Americana-themed costumes. The tradition of costumed politicians began with the very first parade 25 years ago, and State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

Whole Foods to benefit Blackstone Bike Works

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Thursday, June 23, Hyde Park’s brand new Whole Foods Market, 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to Experimental Station’s Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Connie Spreen, Experimental Station’s Executive Director, said that one percent of the store’s Thursday net(…)

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jojayden Handmade, a men’s shoe store featuring luxury, handmade shoes and socks, will open on Friday, June 24 at 1457 E. 53rd St. According to the company’s website, the store’s goal is to “provide each man a unique experience through the various designs and detailed craftsmanship of creating each pair(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Fest benefit concert this Thursday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A gala and benefit concert in support of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which arrives in late September, will take place this Thursday, June 23, at the Logan Center for The Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Judith E. Stein, co-founder and long-time organizer of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, will(…)

Author discussion and workshop at 57th Street Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special book talk and stencil workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik, authors of “Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art without Fear,” will give a short presentation of photos and stories centered(…)

3-year-old suffers gunshot in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A drive-by shooting in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue on Sunday, June 19, has left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition. According to police, The child was sitting in a vehicle with a family member when, at 6:15 p.m., a car with unknown offenders drove by and opened(…)

Two people found dead in Hyde Park apartment

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A man and a woman were found shot to death in a Hyde Park apartment, Saturday, June 18. Police are calling the incident an apparent murder-suicide. At 9:49 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a call for a well-being check in the 1400 block of East 54th Street. Upon their(…)