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Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, will visit Chicago later this month for a street naming ceremony and established day proclamation. On Saturday, July 27 at 2pm, Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets will be named Chaka Khan Way. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Will(…)

Wall thrives through respect

Wall thrives through respect

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make(…)

Longtime Lab educator retires

Longtime Lab educator retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Beatrice Harris, home economics teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Middle School, announced her retirement after 40 years as an educator. She said her goodbyes to the school during her keynote address at the middle school graduation. Harris taught home economics at the Lab School, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago. The long, low wall that extends from the eastern(…)

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The far end of the commercial strip located at the northwest corner of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue will house two new restaurants by this fall. The Nile Restaurant opened its new, roughly 2,600 square foot space on June 14, while Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s NY Deli owner Bill(…)

House returns to Hyde Park

House returns to Hyde Park

By MARIA CASTELLUCCI Herald Intern The 23rd Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion, a daylong celebration of house music hosted by the Chosen Few DJs, will be held July 6 at Jackson Park. The huge event has performances by the Chosen Few DJs, a group of popular house music deejays who came together in the(…)

Point off limits for private event this weekend

Point off limits for private event this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Somebody’s getting hitched; just who wedding bells will be ringing for is the secret. Workers began erecting a large tent in the center of Promontory Point Monday. The tent, which is longer than a football field, will be fully cleaned up by Tuesday July 2. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park bookshop O’Gara and Wilson, 1448 E. 57th St., will pack up its books and leave for Indiana by August. The store, according to its website, traces its lineage back to 1882. Douglas Wilson, who shares the shop with his wife Jill, is the current owner.   Wilson attributed the move to two(…)