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John W. Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

The City of Chicago will be naming a section of 57th Street between Stony Island and Cornell Drive after the late John W. Rogers Sr. Rogers, who was a Hyde Park resident, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He flew 120 successful combat missions over Europe during World War II. In 2007, He was(…)

Creative Mansion Children’s Academy to close on Thursday

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After twenty-five years in the community, Kenwood’s Creative Mansion Children’s Academy, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., will close permanently when the school year ends on Thursday, June 30. Owner Marjorie Jones had long planned to retire at the end of this year but did not decide to close the Mansion until(…)

Cancer, violence and STDS top list of health concerns for South Side residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine community survey found that cancer, violence and sexually transmitted infections are among the top health concerns of South Side residents. The survey, titled the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), is mandated by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and aims to(…)

Shoesmith assistant principal joins staff at Lab school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicole Neal, the Assistant Principal at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., will not return for the 2016-17 school year after serving in the role for five years. Neal’s new role will be the Director of Student Services for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

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(…)