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Regents Park catches fire

By SAM RAPPAPORT STaff Writer Firefighters responded to a fire in Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr., on Friday, May 13, at about 1 p.m. According to the fire department, roofing material had caught fire on the top level of the building’s parking garage. Though the fire produced a plume of smoke that blanketed(…)

Morning shooting injures one

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An 18-year-old male was injured in a shooting that took place in the 6200 block of South Kimbark Avenue this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. According to police, two Black, male offenders, one wearing black and one wearing a gray hoodie, approached the victim and one of the offenders opened(…)

HPAC College Day for local students

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is hosting a special College Day this Thursday, May 19, from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Students will have the chance to hear tips on choosing a college, funding for higher education, the different types of colleges and more. Snacks will(…)

‘Water’ the topic of discussion at I-House science lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dr. Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory scientist and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering Fellow, will discuss solutions to the world’s growing demand for fresh water, Wednesday, May 18, at International House, 1414 E. 59th St. The talk, titled “Argonne OutLoud: The End of Water as(…)

Non-profit finds jobs for Hyde Park residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A non-profit that connects job seekers with employers has been steadily putting unemployed Hyde Park residents back to work. According to Marie Lynch, the President and CEO of Skills For Chicagoland’s Future (SCF), in 2015 the organization helped 36 people from Hyde Park and Woodlawn find employment with over 20 companies,(…)

Fifth Third Bank robbed again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., was the victim to another robbery on Friday, May 13. This is the second robbery to hit the bank since March of this year. At approximately 1:08 p.m., a Black male, 5’9” tall, wearing a dark hat and sweatshirt, entered the bank, showed(…)

Organizations gather at Harper Theater to combat gun violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Catalyst for Change Chicago is hosting an event to spark conversation about the city’s gun violence epidemic and how citizens can get involved in efforts to end it, Thursday, May 19, at Harper Theater. According to data from the Chicago Tribune, there have been 1,242 shooting victims from Jan. 1(…)

Migratory Bird Day in Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff WRiter Millions of migratory birds pass through Chicago every year. The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) is celebrating their journey, tomorrow, May 14, with a morning full of activities. From 8 a.m. – noon, in Jackson Park’s Bobolink Meadow (southeast of the Museum of Science and Industry), community members will be(…)

Quilting in remembrance at HPAC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is hosting a special quilting and peace circle to honor those that have been affected by Chicago violence. “Gone But Not Forgotten” is a community quilting project aimed at documenting the names and lives of those killed by the Chicago Police Department. According to(…)

Mentor group at Kenwood teaches college preparedness

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group of high school students meet at Kenwood Academy High School every other Wednesday to get some hands-on mentoring for college preparedness. Lamont Robinson is a mentor through the Kappa League Institute of Chicago Mentoring. He works with 80 male students, about 15 of those students live in Kenwood.(…)

Homeownership program hosts resource fair this weekend

The Renew Woodlawn Homeownership Program, which provides incentives for anyone interested in purchasing a home in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn, will host a homeowners resource fair at its Hyde Park-based resource center this weekend. The fair will begin with a symbolic ribbon cutting that celebrates the first home closing under the program at 10(…)

Hairston calls for clarity from Park District and Project 120

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said that she’s in talks with the Chicago Park District (CPD) about holding a community meeting to discuss Project 120’s proposals for Jackson Park. Project 120, the non-profit organization that has been working with CPD to spearhead revitalizations throughout Washington Park, Midway Plaisance and Jackson Park,(…)

Kenwood HS dominates choir competition in Florida 

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer  The Kenwood Academy High School Choir won four first place trophies at the 2016 Orlando High School Music Festival, which is held annually, during the last two weeks of April, in Orlando, Fla. With over 2,000 participants at the festival, Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., was one of six choirs(…)

List of candidates who applied for 4th Ward released

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) out of 18 candidates who applied for the position, but who else was she up against? The Hyde Park Herald obtained information about each candidate through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the City of Chicago. The information obtained(…)

Garden Fair explores Hyde Park’s green thumb

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 50,000 plants will be available at the 57th Annual Spring Hyde Park Garden on May 13 and 14. The garden fair has come a long way since its inception, which began when a group of women in the neighborhood traded plants and began growing gardens during the time of(…)

Upcoming Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce events

Hyde Park Chamber May Third Wednesday 05/18/16 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. A10 1462 E. 53rd St. “Taking Customer Service To The Next Level” presented by Dante Mosely, VP Business Development Officer, Hyde Park Bank & Shundra Johnson, Consultant, ALL4U Consulting & Media “How do you define customer service in today’s world when there are so many customer(…)

Hyde Park tours feature urban history lessons

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of Hyde Park is most encompassed in its buildings, stories of development and renewal of past, present and future that give insight into the rich history of the neighborhood. At first glance, one might not know the urban influence that has swept across Hyde Park, but cue in(…)

State board approves U. of C. healthcare expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Board approved the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine’s proposed healthcare expansion, Tuesday, May 10, at a hearing in Normal, Ill. The nine-member, governor-appointed board unanimously endorsed the university’s plan, which will bring a Level 1 adult trauma center to Hyde Park. “With(…)

Packed closes its doors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Packed Dumplings, 1321 E. 57th St., has officially closed. The restaurant had only been open for about five months. Owner Aaron DiMaria and partner Chef Mike Sheerin opened Packed in January with a vision for unique dishes served up in a fast-casual way. A sign on Packed’s closed door states(…)

CHPV flea market sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) is hosting a special Village Drop-In tomorrow, May 11, with a giant flea market sale. The flea market will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. The flea market will be free and lunch(…)