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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(…)

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for a third transition of students from 6th to 7th grade, the school’s leaders have learned from the difficulties of past years and are putting preliminary plans in place to create a smooth transition. Sabrina Gates, principal at Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th(…)

A sister’s love launches show

A sister’s love launches show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer There are two things that mean a lot to Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School student Shaina Grossman: her 8-year-old brother Spencer and dance. When it came time to choose her good deed project, which is a part of her upcoming Bat Mitvah, the 12-year-old chose to use her two(…)

South Siders rally against gun violence at Hadiya Pendleton commemoration

South Siders rally against gun violence at Hadiya Pendleton commemoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members and activists gathered in Harold Washington Park, Wednesday, June 3, to commemorate Hadiya Pendleton on what would have been her 18th birthday. Pendleton’s life was cut short, January 29, 2013, when shots were fired into a group of King College Preparatory students taking cover from the rain in(…)

Vegan cooking entering your Hyde Park home

Vegan cooking entering your Hyde Park home

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Paulette Marshall is one of Hyde Park’s small business owners who, with the help of Bonne Sante Health Food Store, 1512 E. 53rd St., has been able to make her dream of selling her vegan product line a reality. Marshall, a native Chicagoan who was raised overseas in Jerusalem, infuses(…)

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most of the 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money was allocated to South Shore, according to a public document published online. The document contains a list of each ward’s 2014 menu money allocations as of March 11, 2015, according to a city official consulted by the Herald. Each year, every alderman(…)

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Passers by may have spotted Herman Cohn on any Thursday afternoon savoring his favorite dish, chicken pot pie, at Valois Restaurant, 1518 E. 53rd St. Joined on occasion by some of the city’s esteemed politicians, business people and, of course, our President, Herman Cohn has been a regular at this(…)

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded the recent announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. On May 12, the same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a(…)

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte and Ray elementary schools will be graduating their first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years. After the phase-out of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., in 2013, both Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were designated as welcoming(…)

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Editor’s note: Among food enthusiast communities, Hyde Park offers unique dining experiences that deserve a spotlight. While communities throughout Chicago, like Pilsen and Wicker Park, have been lauded by food critics around the country, food reviewers have been slow to warm up to Hyde Park’s emerging food scene. In the Food for Thought Series, the Hyde(…)

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Louise McCurry, president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), is looking to involve artist Indira Johnson in an effort to revitalize the Iowa Building. The collaboration has not yet been officially announced for the storied site, located near the intersection of South Everett Avenue and 56th Street. Both Johnson(…)

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation officially announced last week that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago. This past Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the(…)