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Parade performance set for Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The hype for the 9th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is starting to settle in the community, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Mikel Patrick Avery is planning a performance piece that is sure to blow the crowds away while staying true to the music that makes up Chicago: good(…)

Downtown Hyde Park Fest coming to 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, a fest spotlighting Hyde Park for the people of Hyde Park will take local collaboration to the next level over three days full of fashion, music, family and fun. The Downtown Hyde Park Fest, which wil take place Sept. 18-20, is a unique, first-time event put(…)

Construction worker dies after fall off building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A construction worker died early Monday morning after falling off of the top of a building. A 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. at the City Hyde Park development site, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., according to a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said at this time,(…)

Art center to debut new creative wing at 2015 gala

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will be getting an exciting extension this fall with the opening of the new Guida Family Creative Wing. The wing, which will house artist studios, a learning environment center, digital lab and the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, is set to make its official debut during the(…)

Annual used book sale coming

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has started to collect donations for its Used Book Sale, which takes place every year on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center courtyard at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable(…)

Two fatal shootings within one week leave Kenwood residents alarmed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small memorial for Tyris Jackson, Kenwood’s most recent casualty to gun violence, currently stands in the narrow, grass field that dissects the street in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard. Empty tequila bottles and burned-down candles surround the base of a tree on which two posters and three(…)

Saving the stray cats of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The feline friends of Hyde Park have a place to go other than neighborhood streets, thanks to the work of Hyde Park Cats. Since 2008, Hyde Park Cats (HPC) have taken care of outdoor cats either by aiding in their health, or helping them become adopted into caring homes. Ruth(…)

Kenwood Academic Center has first day in new building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Today was the first day of the school year for many Chicago students, but it was also the first time that Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center would be run in its own building. Kenwood’s 7th and 8th graders will now matriculate in what was once Canter Middle School building,(…)

Ancona outdoor learning space not quite ready for use

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One look at Ancona School’s outdoor learning space, and it seems the project is far from completion with dirt piles and half built structures. According to Ari Frede, the Head of the School, the three part playground will not be accessible for tomorrow’s first day of school, but the project(…)

Hunger strikers turn to federal government to make a change

Strikers take Dyett demands to D.C.   BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   Hunger strikers Jitu Brown and April Stogner made their way to Washington, D.C. this afternoon to urge federal action on Dyett High School.   “We are not begging anymore, we are demanding,” Stogner said over a live Periscope podcast of the press(…)

Designer brings “pop-in” shop to Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fashionistas will have the opportunity to rack up on clothing from Chicago-based designer, Jermikko Shoshanna, during her Labor Day weekend “pop-in” in Hyde Park. Shoshanna describes her visit as a “pop-in” shop as opposed to a pop up shop because she will be taking over the Anastasia Boutique, 1500 E.(…)

Metra trying to fix water leakage problems

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer According to a Metra spokesperson, the transit company is working to address track-level water problems that have played a role in the closings of three Hyde Park businesses. Wallace Goode, the Executive director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, has been aware of tension between local businesses and Metra(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Shenethe Parks, principal at Bret Harte Elementary School, has been chosen as one of 20 principals to participate in a professional development program. “I am excited about the learning that’s ahead and am motivated by the opportunity,” Parks said. The Chicago Public Education Fund, in partnership with Northwestern University, selected(…)

Locals muse over the next move for the Obamas

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the Presidential Library has claimed its home on the South Side, President Obama and his family will probably not be returning once his term ends. The Obamas’ residential home, 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., in Hyde Park has remained vacant while the family has been busy in Washington, D.C., and(…)

University’s Community Programs Accelerator seeks nonprofits to assist

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This fall, the University of Chicago is offering the Community Programs Accelerator (CPA) for a second year. The program helps develop and strengthen nonprofit organizations in local areas, with the goal of helping communities grow and thrive. The program assists the organizations through funding, or human team support. Last year,(…)

Hunger Strikers to hold candlelight vigil tonight

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the 16th day of the Dyett High School hunger strike, protestors and supporters will join the strikers for a candlelight vigil. The 12 hunger strikers and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett will gather outside of the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., by the DuSable bust at 7:30 p.m.(…)

Dyett strike lands at Little Black Pearl

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the eighth day of the Dyett hunger strike, protestors were weak physically, but their spirits were still high. “While my stomach is empty, my heart is full from the community’s support,” said hunger striker Jeanette Taylor-Ramann. On Monday the strikers, as well as supporters, gathered at Little Black Pearl(…)

One-Act play at Dusable shines new light on two familiar stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This September, journalist and author Janet Langhart Cohen is bringing her one-act play, entitled “Anne and Emmett,” to the Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Pl. The play retraces the histories of Anne Frank and Emmett Till as they recount to one another their experiences of oppression.(…)

Hyde Park homes sharply increasing in value

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An interesting spike has occurred in the Hyde Park housing market this summer, according to a recent real estate report. According to a recent Redfin Chicago Market Tracker report, Hyde Park experienced dramatic price jumps last month. Prices were up 42.7 percent a year over year in July across 170(…)

New Chief for U. of C. police department

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named Fountain L. Walker as their new chief of police. Walker has served as assistant chief of police since 2014 and replaces Marlon Lynch, chief of police since 2009, as the new top cop. In a statement dated Aug. 13, the university’s vice president for operations(…)