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Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Friday, July 24, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., for the release of his new memoir, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Hundreds of people hoping to procure a signed copy of the former president’s new book streamed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 22, community members, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and University of Chicago police and City of Chicago police officials convened at Renaissance Place, 5200 S. Ellis Ave., to address a recent shooting in the 5200 block of South Drexel Avenue. The shooting occurred on July 14, at approximately(…)

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)

“Under City Stone” mural restoration

“Under City Stone” mural restoration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An artist has returned to Hyde Park to restore the mural that started her career. Caryl Yasko completed the mural at Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street in 1972. Known as “Under City Stone,” the viaduct mural is being repainted in an effort to preserve a piece of Hyde Park’s(…)

Local sculptor takes aim at violence

Local sculptor takes aim at violence

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park sculptor Garland Martin Taylor is traveling the United States with his latest project, a 380 lb. metal revolver, in the back of his truck. Taylor hopes that the sculpture, entitled “Conversation Piece,” will encourage onlookers to explore the root causes of gun violence. Taylor makes clear that “Conversation(…)

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The art of storytelling has long been passed down within African culture as a means to share rich oral history. Later, storytelling passed onto Blacks in America, who utilized the oral traditions to transcend the harsh conditions of slavery and give voice to the struggles and triumphs they faced on(…)

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Local pastor and hip-hop artist Julian DeShazier, also known by his stage-name ‘J.Kwest,’ recently won an Emmy for his role in a short film commemorating the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holliday song “Strange Fruit.” In late June, DeShazier was one of a team of filmmakers that received an(…)

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Monday evening’s storm brought an abrupt halt to the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s annual potluck picnic, but not before the community had a chance to come together, socialize and celebrate the progress that has been made in the last year towards restoring parks and recreational spaces throughout Hyde Park and(…)

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

By Alexis Miller Staff Writer The downtown crowds and humidity didn’t stop Hyde Park resident Rachel Keller from enjoying this year’s Taste of Chicago at Grant Park. Keller has been consistently coming to the Taste since she was in high school at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “I always loved the fact that I(…)

Local barista makes music his business

Local barista makes music his business

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer At the heart of Hyde Park there is an enterprising beat that resonates through many of the residents and those people drawn to the community. Fred Freeman, known as Oplus in the music industry, is one of those Hyde Parkers, who views the world from an entrepreneurial lens. Although you(…)

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers lined the sidewalks of 53rd Street just east of Lake Park Avenue Saturday morning to participate in the neighborhood’s annual Independence Day parade and picnic celebration, 4th on 53rd St. Dignitaries in the parade, which featured Joan Steggman as the Grand Marshal, included state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13),(…)

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic brings thousands to Jackson Park

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic brings thousands to Jackson Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Thousands of Chicagoans gathered in Jackson Park on the 4th of July to eat, drink and listen to Chicago house music from some of the most acclaimed DJs and performers in the country. Now in its 25th year, the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, which was started by a(…)

Chicago Free School relocates to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation

Chicago Free School relocates to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Free School seems to have found a stable home, at last, in the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The private, democratically run school, which serves grades preK-8th, operated out of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club for the 2014-2015 school year. Chicago Free School, now entering(…)

Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center relocates to Canter building

Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center relocates to Canter building

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center, a selective enrollment middle school, is making final preparations to move into the vacant building that once housed Canter Middle School. In a June 23 presentation to the community, Harrison Stale, project director consultant to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and Gregory Jones, principal of(…)

4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park this Saturday

4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park this Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Independence Day, the 4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park, continuing a tradition that has brought all corners of the community together for 24 years. Well over 1,000 spectators and participants are expected to turn out for the parade, which will feature appearances by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th),(…)

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The global sounds of Afrobeat came alive in Hyde Park at the Promontory music venue last week, as Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 put a musical spell on the crowd last Tuesday. Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the world renowned Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti. Fela became an international(…)

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers don’t have to travel too far from their backyards for a food adventure, thanks to A10. Chef Josef Giacomino is executing a compelling menu filled with Italian and French inspired dishes. Named for the highway that connects Nice, France to Liguria, Italy, A10 has been establishing itself as(…)

City Hyde Park moving on up

City Hyde Park moving on up

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Real estate development in Hyde Park is seeing growth that is dramatically reshaping the neighborhood. City Hyde Park, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is one of these new additions to the community. According to director of community development for Mac Properties Peter Cassel, City Hyde Park is currently scheduled for the(…)

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Spotlighting businesses that are making a difference in the community, Become organization, a non-profit based here in Hyde Park, is “Helping communities amplify their resources for a socially just world,” according to its founder, Dr. Dominica McBride. McBride, a Hyde Park resident, said Become sets out to create empowerment throughout(…)

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staf Writer Parents and community members gathered Wednesday evening, June 17, to discuss the fate of Walter H. Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. Three proposals vying for control over the future of the Dyett High School building were presented to the public. Representatives from the offices of Ald. Will Burns(…)