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Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Montgomery Place celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staff and resident party on Sept. 1. Staff and residents mingled while eating buffet-style lunch, enjoying entertainment from a balloon artist and magician, and played a team game of beanbag toss. “It’s a celebration of years and years of providing services, a(…)

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4 . The drive will culminate with a massive block party with food and games on 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings,(…)

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27 was not only the last Saturday of the month, it was also the standing date of the monthly charity event #HashtagLunchbag held at The Promontory. What started in 2012 as a way for a group of friends to give back around the holiday season has grown into(…)

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It may be the end of summer, but it is not quite the end of planting season, and the annual Fall Hyde Park Garden Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, is one of the last chances to get flower bulbs before the first fall frost. Plants available at the annual fair(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Children’s Book Fair will celebrate 30 years in Hyde Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. Rebecca Janowitz created the Children’s Book Fair in 1986. She said the story of its inception is, “Very Hyde Park.” “There was a leasing dispute over O’Gara’s Bookstore on 57th Street so Hyde Parkers(…)

Dyett reopens as an arts-focused high school

Dyett reopens as an arts-focused high school

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Today marked the first day back to school for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the grand opening of the newly refurbished Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts (Dyett). CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson joined new principal Beulah McLoyd and Dyett hunger striker(…)

Cemitas Puebla opened in Hyde Park

Cemitas Puebla opened in Hyde Park

Cemitas Puebla, a family-owned Mexican sandwich restaurant, opened in Hyde Park today, Sept. 6, in the former location of Packed, the dumpling shop that closed in May. Cemitas Puebla, 1321 E. 57th St., is opened Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – midnight. Cemitas Puebla, which initially(…)

M.A.S.K. to throw back to school block party

M.A.S.K. to throw back to school block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4th and will culminate in a massive block party with food and games at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings, and we(…)

Restoring Hyde Park’s history through building renovations

Restoring Hyde Park’s history through building renovations

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park neighborhood is over 160 years old, so it’s no surprise that some of its buildings are a century old or more as well. With older buildings, however, come much needed restorations and renovations, and that’s where Tom Fortune comes in. Fortune, one of the co-founders of Fortune(…)

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has been written about in countless novels, filmed for television and movies scenes and painted on professional canvasses. Now, to add to that list of neighborhood dedication, there is a 42-foot long poem written about Hyde Park. The Indie City Writers group set out to write the longest(…)

South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer If you hurry, you still have just enough time apply for the third annual South Side Pitch showcase. Applications for the “Shark Tank” style contest for local entrepreneurs are due tonight, Aug. 19, by midnight. South Side Pitch is in search of applicants that are committed entrepreneurs with creative business(…)

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jackson Park might have gotten the Obama Presidential Center but on Labor Day weekend locals and visitors alike will flock to Washington Park in celebration of the 27th Annual African Festival of the Arts. This festival, which will take place Sept. 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Washington(…)

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

MASK hosts school supply drives

MASK hosts school supply drives

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) group will be hosting school supply drives throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood for the next few weeks from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MASK is asking for donations of school supplies such as pens, binders, folders or notebooks, as well as gift cards or(…)

The TCC awaits details of U. of C. trauma center advisory board

The TCC awaits details of U. of C. trauma center advisory board

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern On Aug. 8, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) released an application for membership on a Community Advisory Board for their level I adult trauma center set to open in 2018. In light of this release, members of the groups that originally pushed for the construction of the center(…)

Woodlawn Voices and Visions program to host screening

Woodlawn Voices and Visions program to host screening

BY SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Woodlawn residents Gabriel Piemonte and Rhoda Freelon founded Woodlawn Voices and Visions to teach local high school students creative ways to convey a message. Now in its third year, the six-week videography program will display its students’ work at a Logan Center screening, 915 E 60th St, on Aug. 20(…)

Volunteers essential part of the “crew” at La Rabida

Volunteers essential part of the “crew” at La Rabida

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Retirement. Interest in medicine. Staying active. The kids—always, the kids. These are just a few of the reasons that the diverse range of volunteers at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S Promontory Dr., keep coming back, week after week, year after year. Whether they work at the information desk, the(…)

Hyde Park resident wins state pie making contest

Hyde Park resident wins state pie making contest

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Molly Herron is not new to pie making: the Hyde Park resident has been in every South Side Pie Challenge since its inception in 2012. Herron recently took her skills to the State Fair in Springfield and walked away with third place for the best berry pie in Illinois. Herron’s(…)

Lights, camera, action: Acting classes at HPNC

Lights, camera, action: Acting classes at HPNC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Kennan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Classes happen weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and are geared towards(…)