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South Sider seeking unsung heroes

South Sider seeking unsung heroes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The I Am We organization is looking for unsung heroes in the Hyde Park community who are working to keep the neighborhood safe. The organization is working to build a best practices approach to keeping communities all over the city free from robbery and violence. For LaTisha Thomas, founder(…)

Harold Washington’s legacy discussed at Hyde Park Historical Society

Harold Washington’s legacy discussed at Hyde Park Historical Society

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicagoans from across the city gathered at the Hyde Park Historical Society to share memories of their encounters with the late Mayor Harold Washington in observance of the 25th anniversary of his death. The Hyde Park Herald and Hyde Park Historical Society co-hosted a panel discussion titled “It’s a(…)

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Kimberly du Buclet (D-26) along with state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) hosted a town hall meeting Monday evening at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The three legislators spoke about issues they expected to come up during the veto session, which starts(…)

Harper Court sets LEED record

Harper Court sets LEED record

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court recently announced it achieved the highest sustainability rating in the state for a project of its kind, making it among the most environmentally friendly buildings in the nation. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Harper Court leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification for Neighborhood Development Gold(…)

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and 2nd District Lieutenant Mark Moor assured residents at the 4th Ward Meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, that the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, better known as the CAPS program, will remain in place after the new year despite having its budget eliminated in 2013. “At the(…)

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents received information about public schools from a Chicago Public Schools official and a few of their peers at the “ABCs of CPS” meeting last Wednesday hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. The meeting, which was geared toward(…)

Pierce Tower to be demolished

Pierce Tower to be demolished

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Pierce Tower has been home to University of Chicago undergrads for over five decades, but its useful life has come to an end. The university announced last week that the 10-story tower, 5514 S. University Ave., will be demolished after this school year ends in June to make way for(…)

Seminary Co-op moves

Seminary Co-op moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Last week, Jack Cella stood in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has to duck to walk around the short, claustrophobic space that for the last 51 years has been home to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Instead of the bookshelves being filled floor-to-ceiling with academic tomes, they stood(…)

Burroughs honored at DuSable

Burroughs honored at DuSable

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., commemorated the birthday of its founder, Margaret Burroughs, with a founder’s day event on Sunday, Nov. 11. The celebration, free to the public, included spoken-word presentations, a performance by the Congo Square Theater Company and reflections on Burroughs’ vision and(…)

Hyde Park election results

Hyde Park election results

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers last week reelected their favorite son, Barack Obama, to a second presidency — with a little help from the rest of the country. Voters in the Fourth ward voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, 93.65 percent, compared to the 5.31 percent who voted for(…)

Chamber dinner a success

Chamber dinner a success

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A host of local entrepreneurs, community figures and politicians convened last Thursday, Nov. 1, at the 73rd Annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce dinner, held at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Boulevard. High-profile attendees of the event – which kicked off with a 5:30 p.m. reception(…)

Bike share coming to Hyde Park

Bike share coming to Hyde Park

The last of five public meetings to discuss a new bike sharing initiative in Chicago will take place on the South Side of Chicago today, and city officials are seeking input as to where the stations for the program should be located. “Hyde Park will absolutely get stations, and the South Side will absolutely get(…)

Artisans 21 moves

Artisans 21 moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Artisans 21 recently reopened the arts and crafts co-op storefront that has been a Hyde Park staple for nearly 50 years. “We’re awfully glad to be back,” Rob Borja said. “This is one of the most astonishing co-ops I’ve ever been in.” Artisans 21, which sat in Harper Court for(…)

Hales rolls out youth program

Hales rolls out youth program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School held a “Knockout Gala Reception” and boxing matches Saturday, Oct. 27, to raise funds for its Olympic sports after-school program for at-risk youth. Spurred by youth violence, a soaring dropout rate and the youth unemployment problem, Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., created an after-school(…)

MSI home to close in January

MSI home to close in January

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After an unexpected five-year stint at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit will end in January. When the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, built the functioning, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home on the east side(…)

U. of C. offers free tuition

U. of C. offers free tuition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer Monday afternoon to announce the launch of UChicago Promise, a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. “As a society we need to be clear, a college degree makes a huge(…)

Village Foods

Village Foods

BY LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After nearly 30 years in Hyde Park, Village Foods closed its doors on Tuesday Oct. 16, and donated the remaining unsold foods to Hyde Park area nonprofits. The long time, affordable grocery store, opened its doors in 1983, said general manager Barry Monroe. “We outlasted Mr. G’s, the Co-op, Michaels,(…)