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Crystal shop offers calm vibe

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Walking into Crystal E-Scentials, 5204 S. Harper Ave., results in an instant wave of calm and clarity thanks to the hundreds of crystals that make up the merchandise of the store. Crystal E-Scentials opened quietly in June, but had its official grand opening with the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce’s(…)

Art festival coming to 53rd Street in November

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new arts-focused festival is coming to Hyde Park on Friday, Nov. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 20. Eric Williams, owner of The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., is the creator of the CONNECT Arts Festival, which he said stemmed from the successful Silver Room Block Party this summer. Williams(…)

Craft brewery Jolly Pumpkin to come to Harper Court in 2017

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jolly Pumpkin, a Michigan-based craft brewery, announced today that it will be opening inside of Harper Court in 2017 at 1504 E. Harper Court. “We’re excited to expand our restaurants outside of Michigan,” says Northern United Brewing Company partner Ron Jeffries in a news release. “Hyde Park is the perfect location(…)

Kozminksi’s first fall fest

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St. is having a Fall Harvest Festival this Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. The festival will be open to Kozminksi students and families, as well as to the broader public for fall fun including pumpkin painting, music and dancing. Local businesses and organizations(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks to honor residents

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
 Hyde Park Herald The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominees for its 2017 Paul Cornell Award, given to individuals and organizations whose works exemplify the values and objectives of society. The award was named in honor of Hyde Park Township founder Paul Cornell. During the ceremony, nominees will be honored(…)

League of Women Voters will host election forum at CHPV Drop – In

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer On Wednesday Oct 26, at 1 p.m., representatives from the League of Women Voters will attend the Chicago Hyde Park Village Drop – In to lead a discussion on the 2016 presidential election. The full Village Drop-In event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. and includes exercise,(…)

Wines and Steins returns at St. Thomas School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle School’s Wines and Steins event will be returning for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event will feature specialty wines from Madison Vine Wines, a wine shop in the West Loop neighborhood. Tastings will feature 12 wines,(…)

University Church hosts police accountability forum

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., will host a police accountability forum this Sunday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Panelists participating in the forum will include Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Invisible Institute journalist, Jamie Kalven, representatives from Black Lives Matter Chicago and Black Youth Project 100,(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks to honor residents

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Hyde Park Herald The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominees for its 2017 Paul Cornell Award, given to individuals and organizations whose works exemplify the values and objectives of society. The award was named in honor of Hyde Park Township founder Paul Cornell. During the ceremony, nominees will be honored(…)

HP Community Players host Halloween-themed performance

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Just in time for Halloween, the Hyde Park Community Players will be performing a special “spooky” reading for the 7th annual Halloween Season Special on Saturday, Oct. 22. “An Evening of Horror & Suspense in the Old Time Radio Tradition” will recreate the atmosphere of an old-fashioned radio studio where(…)

Under the Gun documentary screening to be shown at Harper Theater

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The People for a Safer Society, a non-profit grassroots organization, is hosting a screening of the documentary “Under The Gun” on Thursday Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. held at Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave. The documentary is directed by Stephanie Soechtig and executive produced by Katie Couric. “It’s a(…)

Man wounded in Kenwood shooting four blocks from Obama’s home

A 29 – year – old man was wounded in a shooting that took place four blocks from President Barack Obama’s home in Kenwood, Tuesday, Oct. 18, according to Chicago Police. The man was driving in the 4600 block of South Greenwood Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. when he was shot in the head, Officer(…)

Wines and Steins fundraiser returns at St. Thomas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle School’s Wines and Steins event will be returning for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event will feature specialty wines from Madison Vine Wines, a wine shop in the West Loop neighborhood. Tastings will feature 12 wines,(…)

HP Neighborhood Club Gala shows theme of community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) will hold its annual gala, this year titled “Growing With Our Community,” on Friday, Nov. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. The theme of community growth emphasizes the HPNC’s new developments and continuation of programs within(…)

Environmental film with HP ties explores sustainability on lakefront

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 40 miles from Hyde Park sits the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore region; an area of both industrial and environmental development. A documentary film called “Shifting Sands” takes a look at this region and the importance it holds to not only the lakeshore, but to the environmental movement happening worldwide.(…)

Target interested in liquor license at new Hyde Park location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new Target that opens on Nov. 6 at 1330 E. 53rd St., applied for a liquor license to sell alcoholic merchandise on Sept. 13. According to the City of Chicago, a business has 35 days after the application is filed for public comment. Today, Oct. 18, is the 35th(…)

Dr. Ruth joins Chicago a capella at Logan

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Sunday, Oct. 23, the Chicago a capella presents a special concert titled, “The Birds and the Bees,” featuring special guest, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist best known for her radio program, “Sexually Speaking.” She will be narrating Sunday’s concert, which takes place at 4 p.m. at(…)

Wines and Steins fundraiser returns at St. Thomas School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle School’s Wines and Steins event will be returning for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event will feature specialty wines from Madison Vine Wines, a wine shop in the West Loop neighborhood. Tastings will feature 12 wines,(…)

Under the Gun Documentary seeks to educate, met with opposition

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The documentary film, under the Gun, directed by Stephanie Soechtig and executive produced by Katie Couric gives an in-depth view of the gun violence issue and how everyday American’s can be a part of the solution, will be shown at the Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., on Oct. 27.(…)

Seminary Co-op celebrates past, present and future during weekend event

By ALLISON MATYUS On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Seminary Co-op will host a celebratory event to reflect on the history and future of the bookstore that has been in the neighborhood since 1961. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., guests are invited to browse the shelves of the bookstore at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., along with(…)