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Dentist honors vets with free services

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Kaufman & Kaufman Smile Design Studio, LLC has joined the Freedom Day USA movement to honor the sacrifices and show their appreciation for members of the armed forces, immediate family members and veterans. To show their support the design studio would like to provide an entire day of free dental(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., is incorporating scheduled open houses beginning with its first event on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will learn the story of the historic HPHS building and have the chance to speak with docents about the intricate history of Hyde(…)

Little Black Pearl release results of youth research project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Statistics point to summer being the most violent time in the city of Chicago, especially for the city’s youth. Instead of letting the violence continue, eight young people took on the role of research assistants in a first time project by Little Black Pearl to take a look at the(…)

New retail for U. of C.’s new dorm

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Several new retailers are moving into the almost completed Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave., on the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus. Insomnia Cookies, a late-night spot that sells homemade cookies and milk and delivers until 3 a.m., will be one of the retailers in the(…)

SECC renews partnership with Bank of America for Business District Program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC) is renewing their partnership with Bank of America for the second year in a row, which will benefit SECC’s Business District Program. The Business District Program at the SECC play a number of roles such as providing economic development support in business corridors, referring businesses(…)

Printmaking at Smart Museum

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Day two of The Smart Museum of Art and Spudnik Press collaboration will take place this Thursday evening. Spudnik founder Angee Lennard will take participants on a behind the scenes crash course as they learn to decorate plates, wipe them and send them through the press. This comes one week(…)

CPAC to host community meeting for park additions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council (CPAC) is hosting a meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, to get community input on its nature play area. CPAC received a neighborhood enhancement grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) in July to plant new wildflowers and to build a nature play area addition(…)

Hyde Park Kenwood Legends hosts block party

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Legends (HPKL) sports team is hosting a pop-up block club party on Saturday, Aug. 20. HPKL has partnered with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Health to host the event, which will take place on Forrestville Avenue between 48th and 49th streets from(…)

Hyde Park residents challenged to help write neighborhood’s longest poem

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Indie City Writers group is seeking the help of community members as it tries to write the neighborhood’s longest poem. Community members of all ages and all writing skills will be invited to add lines to the 98-foot-long roll of paper at the community booth during the Hyde Park(…)

Residents talk benefits in building of Obama Presidential Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer South Side community members gathered for a second time last night to talk about what kind of benefits they want to see as residents of surrounding communities once the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is built in Jackson Park. The meeting, sponsored by the Southside Together Organizing for Power and the(…)

Marsha Ambrosius to perform at Promontory tonight

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Grammy-nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius will perform tonight at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Ambrosius, originally from Liverpool, England, will soon release a new solo album, “Friends & Lovers,” a combination of soul and hip-hop music. The album includes work with other musicians such as Charlie Wilson and Skye(…)

CTU prepares for upcoming CPS budget hearings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) plans to hold two budget hearings on Friday, Aug. 19. The hearings take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison St. These hearings follow the announcement of staff layoffs for the upcoming school year.(…)

Arts Incubator to host summer teen show

 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative and After School Matters Programs taught a six-week teen summer program at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., and tonight its pupils are ready to show off their work. The program included several different programs within it. There was a Community(…)

New fall fest brings Oktoberfest spirit to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is getting a new fall festival on Sept. 16 and 17 called “Brews, Brats and Brass-A Different Type of Oktoberfest.” The festival will be Hyde Park’s take on an Oktoberfest celebration, with fall crafted beers and ciders, sausage and bratwurst eats and live brass inspired bands taking over(…)

CPS hosts Back-to-School for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Jazz festival donates to Hyde Park Food Pantry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Food Pantry, located at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., received a generous donation from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. The annual weeklong Chi-Town Jazz Festival has been going on since 2010 and performs jazz concerts at various venues throughout the city. All proceeds from the(…)

Residents want Hyde Park/Indiana bus route restored

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Kenwood residents, senior citizens in Washington Park retirement homes, and interns at the Midwest academy met Monday, Aug. 1, at the Kennicott Park Field House, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., to discuss extension of the Bronzeville/Union Station (#1) bus route to 64th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The route ran(…)

Ancona adds garden to Outdoor Learning Space

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final phase of the Outdoor Learning Space at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., will be completed on Aug. 27 with the addition of a garden. The Outdoor Learning Space was completed at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year and includes an expansive playground, a nature area with(…)

Oral history returns at Hyde Park Historical Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) 8th Annual Oral History Program will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program focuses on sharing memories and stories about Hyde Park experiences throughout the years. This year’s theme for the program is “Memories of Hyde Park(…)

SMART Museum to host Red Line Service speaker series

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Red Line Service, an organization that does art projects and other cultural programming with Chicago’s homeless population, is coming to the University of Chicago’s SMART Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., this month. The group will host multiple conversations about what life is like for the homeless population, or(…)