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New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A larger-than-life street art installation is taking over Hyde Park with portraits of familiar community members. Hyde Park Heroes features 15 Hyde Parkers as depicted in large-scale banners in various locations around the community. Chris Devins was inspired to explore the identity of the community he has called home his(…)

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

New store is going to the dogs

New store is going to the dogs

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In its third week of business, Hyde Park’s newest pet store, Sprocket and Stone, 1013 E. 53rd St., has gone to the dogs … in a good way. “Dogs walking by actually pull their owners towards the door,” said owner Sophie Phillips. “I think they must smell our bone selection(…)

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Marva Arnold has witnessed the transformation of 53rd Street into a commercial hub in recent years. She and her daughter have lived in their home at 5317 S. Dorchester Ave. for 27 years. Arnold said that her house, built in 1860, is the oldest standing house in Hyde Park. The(…)

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Controversy and confusion have surrounded Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., for some time about its future role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. A request for proposal (RFP) process was established last year, and CPS has remained quiet, for the most part, on the decision process. Members of the(…)

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A boutique hotel may soon be coming to the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Hyde Park. At a meeting hosted by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Tuesday, July 28, developers from Smart Hotels LLC laid out preliminary plans for a 90-room hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has been frustrating beach goers lately due to the increasing lack of care for its facilities and features. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has been pushing for the Chicago Park District to make the interactive water feature at the beach more available(…)

Blossom house attracts worry

Blossom house attracts worry

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(…)

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) met last Thursday to discuss the proposed retention policy at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The council met to begin conversations on options for an updated retention policy at surrounding schools because of the current high retention rates, specifically among 3rd graders and minority(…)

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),(…)