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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(…)

Hyde Park Encore Chorale announces summer session

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a successful spring session that ended on May 22, the Hyde Park Encore Chorale will begin its six-week summer session on Wednesday, June 22. The group meets for rehearsals from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. every Wednesday at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr. The group is for adults(…)

Storytelling in the Park

As volunteers gather to help clean and maintain Chicago’s parks during “Its Your Park Day” on Saturday, June 18, two neighborhood parks will offer a bit of fun through story telling. Storyteller Judith Heineman, founder of the Chicago Storytelling Guild, will be telling nature-related stories at 1 p.m. near the ice skating rink at Midway(…)

Place Lab to host ethical redevelopment events

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, June 22, Place Lab will hold its first of several community-convening events to talk about ethical redevelopment from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Place Lab wants the events to lead to open conversations between developers, artists, administrators(…)

Logan Center offers arts workshops for adults

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Reva and David Logan Center For The Arts, 915 E. 60th St., is offering an eclectic series of art workshops for adults throughout the month of July. The center is offering 16 mini-workshops in four different categories: movement, writing, storytelling and visual arts. The workshops will take place from(…)

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(…)

Co-op explores new era of book buying

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The experience of a bookstore is more than just purchasing a book: it’s discovering new ideas and concepts in paperback pages, finding a new interest and browsing endless shelves full of knowledge and creation until you find that one thing you’ve been looking for. For 55 years, the Seminary Co-op(…)

Le Cantanti spring concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Le Cantanti di Chicago will hold their spring concert this Sunday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St. The program will include English madrigals, Mozart, Psalms arranged by Mendelssohn and Henry Smart and much more. Musicians from St. Therese Church will(…)

Make Music Chicago holds local events on June 21

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Several Hyde Park institutions have partnered with Make Music Chicago and will participate in Summer Solstice, a citywide day of music events, on Tuesday, June 21. Chicago, which has held the Summer Solstice event annually since 2011, is only one of 700 cities around the world that partakes in the(…)

Summer concerts at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., is hosting “Sounds of History,” this summer. “Sounds of History” is a series of free concerts that will feature the music of some of the 20th century’s greatest jazz musicians. The music series kicks off Wednesday, June 15, with(…)

Promontory to show Muhammad Ali documentary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special screening of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” will be shown tomorrow, June 14, starting at 8 p.m. at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. The 2013 documentary explores the golden years of Ali’s boxing career while taking a closer look at the social justice issues he was(…)

Summer family workshops at Robie House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are collaborating with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to lead family workshops focused on architecture and design at Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., throughout the month of July. The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., on July(…)

OWL meeting invites local elected officials

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. The focus of the June meeting will be “Delivering Economic and Social Benefits to Community and Residents of the State of Illinois.” The meeting takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at(…)

N’DIGO Gala celebrates 20th at the Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The N’DIGO Foundation, a non-profit that provides college scholarships to deserving Chicago high school graduates, is holding its 20th annual fundraising gala in Hyde Park this Sunday, June 12. The event, which will raise money to cover the college tuition of three high school graduates, is being held at the(…)

Kenwood graduate wins producer award from Columbia College

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A 2013 Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., alumna has received the 1st Annual Movie Magic Producing Award from Columbia College Chicago. Lia Marie Miller is one of three graduating Columbia students who won the award, which is for students who have demonstrated expert skill in communication, collaboration(…)

MASK boosts presence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) is holding two events in Hyde Park this week. The anti-violence organization, which originally started in Englewood, has been stretching its branches into Hyde Park recently with the aim of recruiting new members for the summer months. On Thursday, June 9, Hyde Park residents are(…)