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After three months, undocumented immigrant still remains in Hyde Park church

After three months, undocumented immigrant still remains in Hyde Park church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer It’s been over three months since Jose Juan Federico Moreno has stepped outside the walls of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Moreno, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who has lived in Illinois for close to two decades, is holed up in the Hyde Park church to avoid deportation. After a(…)

King open to idea of permit parking

King open to idea of permit parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a parking discussion during a Thursday night meeting regarding the proposal of building new condominiums at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Ald. Sophia King (4th) said that she would be open to the idea of permit parking to relieve parking challenges in the neighborhood. “My predecessors were(…)

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Woodlawn residents will soon be able to move into the first market rate rental property in over 40 years thanks to the new Trianon Lofts, 803 E. 61st St., which broke ground today. The upcoming development features 24 units that have two bedrooms and two baths each at 900 to(…)

Bixler Playlot is open

Bixler Playlot is open

Early Thursday morning, July 21, Chicago Park District Officials opened the recently renovated Bixler Playlot Park, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave. The park, which is a result of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Chicago Plays!” program, now includes rope-climbing equipment and structures on which children can stand or hang while spinning.

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer SONIA SCHLESINGER, Herald Intern Following weeks of renovations, two Hyde Park playgrounds are re-opening to the public. Nichols Park’s East Playground, 1355 E. 55th St., and Bixler Playlot, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave., have been fenced off for weeks as construction crews installed new playground equipment. Both projects are a result(…)

Kenwood alumnae lead downtown protest

Kenwood alumnae lead downtown protest

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most high school students spend their summer break at the beach or hanging out with friends at their favorite spots, four former Kenwood Academy High School Academic Center (KAC) students are spending their time promoting peace and positive change. Maxine Wint, a soon to be junior at Kenwood Academy(…)

Residents give support to proposed 57th Street wine shop

Residents give support to proposed 57th Street wine shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members are getting behind a Hyde Park resident’s proposal to open a wine shop at 1448 E. 57th St. Steven Lucy, owner of Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., presented his plans for a 57th Street wine shop at a community meeting, Thursday night, to overwhelming support. About 50(…)

Museum of Science and Industry to host summer brick party

Museum of Science and Industry to host summer brick party

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lakeshore Dr., will host its inaugural Summer Brick Party tomorrow, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for families, and its MSI After Hours Brick Bash from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for adults. The museum is holding the two(…)

Mexican sandwich restaurant to replace Packed

Mexican sandwich restaurant to replace Packed

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Cemitas Puebla, a family-owned Mexican sandwich restaurant, will move into the former location of Packed, 1321 E. 57th St., the dumpling shop that closed in May, according to the local food website Chicago Eater. Owner Tony Anteliz told the Eater that while he has not set a specific opening date,(…)

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 of Chicago graduate Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977), traveler, artist and author, now has his own exhibit in the University of Chicago’s U. of C. Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Library. The exhibit opened Friday, June 24, in the library at 1100 E. 57th St. The exhibit, “Cyrus(…)

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(…)