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John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Hyde Park residents, city officials and family of John W. Rogers Sr. gathered at Stony Island Avenue and 57th Street on the morning of July 5 to dedicate an honorary street sign to the late Judge. Several city officials and family members gave tributes to Rogers, including Cook County Board(…)

HP Community Players perform outdoors for “The Tempest”

HP Community Players perform outdoors for “The Tempest”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are bringing the experience of a Shakespearean play to the outdoors in their abridged rendition of “The Tempest.” This past performance year has been a period of experimentation for the Players, what with their first musical production, performing two different plays during the same weekend(…)

Bixler Playlot Advisory Council officially formed

Bixler Playlot Advisory Council officially formed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 16 people, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), attended a meeting to elect officers for the Bixler Playlot Advisory Council, Monday, July 11, in the Midway Plaisance field house, 1130 Midway Plaisance. Mila Jameson was elected president, Kian Bergtrom was elected vice president, Lawrence Rocke was elected secretary and Kate(…)

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Class of 1911 University graduate Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977), traveler, artist and author, now has his own exhibit in the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Library. The exhibit opened Friday, June 24 in the library at 1100 E. 57th St. The exhibit, “Cyrus Leroy Baldridge: Illustrator, Explorer, Activist,”(…)

Whole Kids foundation donates $25,000 to Oriental Institute

Whole Kids foundation donates $25,000 to Oriental Institute

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Whole Foods Market’s partner organization, Whole Kids’ Foundation, along with the United Health Foundation, has awarded a $25,000 Healthy Kids Innovation Grant to the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. The grant, which aims to support projects that educate children about nutrition, will provide funds for a new program in which(…)

Kartemquin celebrates 50 years in the film industry

Kartemquin celebrates 50 years in the film industry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fifty years ago, three students at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), started making documentary films. Their efforts have grown to what is now known as Kartemquin Films and they have made over 50 documentaries while simultaneously helping to make the next generation of filmmakers. Stan Karter, Jerry Temaner(…)

Children’s musician performs at Hyde Park Farmers Market

Children’s musician performs at Hyde Park Farmers Market

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of the live musical performances featured during this season’s Hyde Park Farmers Market, Chicago children’s musician, Laura Doherty, is set to play on Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the market located in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. Doherty has been writing and(…)

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

By Sonia Schlesinger HERALD INTERN Hyde Park residents, city officials, and family of John W. Rogers Sr. gathered at Stony Island Avenue and 57th Street on the morning of July 5 to dedicate an honorary street sign to the late Judge. Several city officials and family members gave tributes to Rogers, including Cook County Board(…)

Architects chosen for Obama Presidential Center

Architects chosen for Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation has selected the architectural teams that will lead the effort to design the Obama Presidential Center. In a June 30 statement, the Obama Foundation announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) will parter to spearhead the endeavor. The Obama(…)

Craft makers excited about Michaels opening

Craft makers excited about Michaels opening

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The new Michaels craft store had its grand opening Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony began at 9:45 a.m., before which customers had lined up to the storefront for hours. The first one hundred people in the store received gift cards to celebrate; over $1500 in(…)

4th on 53rd committee release details about parade

4th on 53rd committee release details about parade

Monday, July 4, 2016 Nichols Park Advisory Council, South East Chicago Commission, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Park District proudly present “An Old Fashioned Fourth of July!” Official Parade Route Parade staging: 54th and Old Lake Park (Hyde Park Bank Parking Lot), Bike decorating at 9 a.m., Assembly 10 a.m., Step-off 11 a.m.(…)

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jojayden Handmade, a men’s shoe store featuring luxury, handmade shoes, opened on Friday, June 24, at 1457 E. 53rd St. For Jojayden’s founder, Wale Nubi, the opening of his first store has been almost five years in the making but his passion for luxury shoes has been a lifetime love(…)

Hyde Park native sells healthy snacks at local Whole Foods

Hyde Park native sells healthy snacks at local Whole Foods

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The buzz surrounding the new Whole Foods in Hyde Park, 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., comes down to the responsibly produced and health conscious products the chain store is known for. What’s different about this Whole Foods, in particular, is a lot of the merchandise that make up the shelves(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag Helps Feed the Homeless

Hashtag Lunchbag Helps Feed the Homeless

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Volunteers from the South Side and the South Suburbs packed lunches for the homeless, Saturday, June 25, at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., for Hashtag Lunchbag’s monthly event. The organization, which started in Los Angeles three years ago and grew through social media, brings people together in various(…)

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Dance students, instructors, anthropologists and disciples of the late Katherine Dunham gathered at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Wednesday , June 24, to celebrate her 107th birthday. A University of Chicago alum (class of 1936), Dunham studied anthropology as an undergraduate. She traveled to(…)

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Sisters, Maggie and Africa Brown, will perform at the “Interactions” variety show at University Church on July 8. The Brown sisters created the variety show to help raise funds for the revitalization of Blue Gargoyle. They performed previously on June 24, and will perform again July 8, July 29 and(…)

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a community meeting Monday night, a Chicago Park District official apologized to Hyde Park residents for last week’s surprise closure of Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. On Friday, June 24, without any warning, a construction crew fenced off Bixler Playlot and removed the playground equipment. From signage later(…)

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A group of upset neighborhood parents met Saturday, June 25 in Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., to discuss what they believed to be unwarranted construction of the Bixler Playlot. Playground equipment was removed and the playlot was closed on Friday, without any warning. “I think we’re all incredibly(…)

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Urban redevelopment in cities can sometimes be a difficult topic to discuss, which is why Place Lab took the question of “What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you?” to artists, activists, scholars and community members at a public convening event, yesterday, at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)