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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(…)

Locals to see CPS master plan

Locals to see CPS master plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools will host a meeting in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood to give a presentation about its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan. On Aug. 22, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Public Act 097-0474, amending the Illinois School Code by adding requirements related to School Action and Facility Master(…)

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Andrew Holzman Herald Intern An email sent by the University of Chicago to its community Tuesday morning warned of a gas leak at 59th Street and Ellis Avenue. A spokesperson for the university said that a gas line had been struck during ongoing excavation in the area. After an evacuation and street closure in the(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists. The wall, along with the Mobil gas station and car wash, 1330 E. 53rd St., will be demolished later this summer to make way for a 13-story(…)

Herald adds blog to online offerings

Herald adds blog to online offerings

The Hyde Park Herald has once again expanded its online offerings, adding a blog to its website, HeraldBlog. The focus of HeraldBlog is to increase opportunities for interactive participation by readers, according to Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan J. Walker. “We are embracing the trend of readers becoming contributors through HeraldBlog,” Walker said.(…)

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Employees at the Bridgeport Coffee Company’s second Chicago cafe will begin training next week, in the lead up to the store’s Aug. 1 opening, according to manager Kim Hayward. Most staff have already been chosen for the shop, located in Istria Cafe’s previous space at the Hyde Park(…)

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students from Kenwood Academy and Dyett high schools will join students from other nearby public schools this summer in the My Life, My Research, New Citizens program. The students will work together to devise violence prevention programs for their schools and communities. A grant given to Quad Community Development(…)

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(…)

Budget cuts roil local schools

Budget cuts roil local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park held community meetings last week to discuss their sharply reduced preliminary budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. An all-schools meeting was also held by the parent group Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education. The group is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel return tax increment(…)