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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(…)