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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(…)

Volunteers needed for citywide park cleanup

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Parks Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Park District, is searching for volunteers for “It’s Your Park Day,” a citywide clean up event on June 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Throughout the day, community residents will partner with park advisory council members to mulch trees,(…)

Awards continue to roll in for Hyde Park journalist

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven received his third journalism honor since the beginning of this year when, on Friday, May 6, The Chicago Headline Club named Kalven the winner of the group’s 2016 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting. The judges that bestowed the honor said that “Sixteen(…)

Kenwood students collect old shoes for international cause

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School ’s Annual Shoe Drive is taking place during the month of May and the school is looking for shoes from the community. Students in the Spanish 2 class have partnered with Share Your Soles to donate shoes to Mexico and Honduras. The shoe drive will benefit(…)

Body pulled from lake near Promontory Point

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Marine Unit recovered the body of an adult male from Lake Michigan, just off of Promontory Point, on Sunday, May 8, at about 10:30 a.m. Police could not yet comment on the identity or ethnicity of the man. Though, they did state that the body looked as(…)

Clarke’s permanently closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., has officially closed. A sign from the owner, Stellios Karagiannis, is posted on the front door thanking the community for the business and support. The University of Chicago brought Clarke’s to the neighborhood in 2011. Clarke’s has two other locations one in Evanston and(…)

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

By ALLISON MATYUS As the school year comes to a close, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is seeing the hard work of its students pay off in various scholarship awards. According to the Assistant Principal, Thomas Frayne, the total amount of money Kenwood students received for scholarships this year is $19,617,268. With(…)

Students stage hunger-strike to protest university’s contract with prison services provider

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students and anti-prison activists are staging a 24-hour hunger strike in protest of the university’s recently signed contract with Bon Appétit, a company that the protesters allege has its hands in privatized prison food services. According to the student organization “The Fight for Just(…)