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No. 28 bus reprises route

No. 28 bus reprises route

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The CTA’s experimental period for the No. 28 bus route began Sunday, Aug. 25, and some Hyde Parkers are delighted. For at least 180 days from then, the bus will use its old route, traveling along Lake Park Avenue instead of turning onto Hyde Park Boulevard. Some residents, especially seniors(…)

New energy program could cost local high-rises

New energy program could cost local high-rises

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A proposed energy reporting ordinance would require many Hyde Park high-rises to make public how much energy they consume and to verify that data, which could cost in the thousands of dollars. Mayor Rahm Emanuel first introduced the ordinance in June. It will come up for a vote at the(…)

Jazz fest collecting stories

Jazz fest collecting stories

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 7th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Featured as a part of this year’s live jazz performances will be an oral history booth. Each year local and national artists come to the festival and give live shows at venues throughout(…)

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Shoppers in Hyde Park will soon be able to buy belts, shoes and socks right on 53rd Street. Sir & Madam, a Ukrainian Village-based boutique and the latest pop up shop on 53rd Street, plans to open its doors in October. The shop will operate at 1504 E. 53rd St.,(…)

U. of C. denies plans for site

U. of C. denies plans for site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago says it has no plans for the Schuster Building after renovation is completed. Almost all of the businesses inside the Schuster Building, which until recently housed Kimonti Salon, Lake Beauty Supply and Hyde Park Cigars, have either closed shop or moved within the neighborhood after their(…)

Chicago center struggling

Chicago center struggling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago has been at the center of a national debate about gun violence for months. The city’s regular appearances for its violence in the national media has earned Chicago a reputation that is harming the Chicago Center, a Hyde Park-based urban studies program. The Chicago Center for Urban Life and(…)

Work study

Work study

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute’s exhibit “Our Work: Modern Jobs — Ancient Origins” opened on Aug. 20 and will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit explores the correlation of the modern workplace to its ancient origins. Highlights of the exhibit at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 5th St., include portraits feature(…)

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E. 53rd St., has closed permanently. The restaurant’s lease expired, and Mac Properties spokesman Peter Cassel is remaining mum regarding the tenant that will replace it. Cassel claimed the owner of the store, and not Mac, was responsible for the failure to renew the lease. A sign(…)

Family bonds through struggles

Family bonds through struggles

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern One Hyde Park infant got his fill of attention this week — from camera crews and newspaper reporters. 16-month-old Max Allender, born prematurely and kept in hospitals for most of his life, had his first outing to a park Friday. Max’s mother, Jessica Allender, sent out a press release which(…)

K.A.M. leadership transition

K.A.M. leadership transition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel has been shuffling its leaders around in recent months. Rabbi Frederick Reeves came to K.A.M. II in July from The Temple in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as Associate Rabbi for eight years. His move came on the heels of Robert Nevel assuming leadership of the board(…)

New book sheds light on Hyde Park homes

New book sheds light on Hyde Park homes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In Hyde Park, the only subject people discuss with more enthusiasm than its notable residents is its architectural heritage. From stately mansions to sleek modern designs, they are a reflection of the diversity of the residents in the neighborhood. In her book “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” Susan O’Connor Davis(…)

Chaturanga extends its reach

Chaturanga extends its reach

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park’s Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., hopes to bring yoga to new frontiers. The yoga business has just completed a series of six free classes in Washington Park’s Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Romonda Bumpus, program director at Chaturanga Seeds, the offshoot which developed the series(…)

Locals detail solutions for CPS

Locals detail solutions for CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools presented its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan to community members on a recent Thursday evening at a meeting hosted by Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES). CPS officials will meet with several community groups citywide to present the 10-year plan, which is required by(…)

Pressure restores No. 28 bus

Pressure restores No. 28 bus

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The CTA will partially restore service to the No. 28 bus during a 180-day “experiment,” starting Aug. 25. The decision comes after community outcry over rerouting of the bus. The No. 28 travels south on Lake Park Avenue, but its current route restricts stops between 47th and 55th streets —(…)

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Community leaders, elected officials and adoring fans from all over the city gathered at 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue Saturday afternoon to be a part of the Chaka Khan street naming ceremony. The intersection, which is the home to Khan’s alma mater, Kenwood Academy High School, is now called(…)

Businesses mull 53rd Street

Businesses mull 53rd Street

By ANDREW HOLZMAN AND JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Local businesses on the 53rd Street commercial strip will find themselves in a much different environment later this year with the completion of the Harper Court development. The bulk of the project is already finished — Five Guys, 1456 E. 53rd St.; Kilwins, 5226 S. Harper St., and the(…)

“Chicago Fire” comes to Hyde Park

“Chicago Fire” comes to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” is filming a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park this week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)

Chaka Khan coming to Hyde Park this weekend

Chaka Khan coming to Hyde Park this weekend

A weekend of celebration in Chicago is set for ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist and former Hyde Parker Chaka Khan. The city is honoring her with a street named in her honor and the declaration of Chaka Khan Day.

Hales accepts female students

Hales accepts female students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hales Franciscan High School Board of Trustees voted to allow female students to enroll in the school starting the 2013-2014 school year. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is known as one of three historically Black Catholic high schools in the nation. It is also known as a(…)