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Herb Kent, 88

Herb Kent, 88

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer  Herb Kent, a famous Chicago radio host who was nicknamed “The Cool Gent,” and friend to many Hyde Parker residents, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 22. He was 88 years old.  Kent got his first taste of radio here in Hyde Park, while attending Hyde Park High School, where he(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society offers tour of rowhouses

Hyde Park Historical Society offers tour of rowhouses

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will present a guided tour of the historic professor rowhouses this Sunday, Oct. 23. The 56th Street between Kimbark and Woodlawn avenues is home to the distinctly London style houses that were built back in the early 1900s in order to accommodate University of(…)

U. of C. students counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 10 Westboro Baptist Church members stood at the northeast corner of 55th Street and University Avenue earlier today in protest against the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) gender-neutral bathrooms and housing. Across the street, about 60 or more U. of C. students stood in a counter-protest to the(…)

A look inside apartments at Vue53

A look inside apartments at Vue53

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Twelve stories up on top of Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., are views of Nichols Park, the vast lakefront and the tips of University of Chicago buildings, and it’s apparent why the newest development on 53rd Street was named after its views. After 18 months of construction, residents began moving(…)

Kenwood experiences tough loss at homecoming game

Kenwood experiences tough loss at homecoming game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer It was ‘Home Coming’ Night for the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos, as they would host conference rivals Calumet Perspective Leadership Academy in front of a packed house on Friday, Oct. 14, at Gately Stadium, 810 E. 103rd St. “We’ve been hitting well all season,” said Terry Jones, head coach(…)

New Montgomery Place CEO hopes for better community interactions

New Montgomery Place CEO hopes for better community interactions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Deborah Hart has been the chief executive officer over at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Lake Shore Dr., since the beginning of June, but her journey in senior living has lasted throughout her entire career. “I don’t think any individual ever purposely goes into senior living—most of us find that we(…)

Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park

Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Yoko Ono’s largest permanent public art installation in the world and the first of Ono’s in the United States, “Skylanding,” was dedicated on Monday morning, Oct. 17, during a ceremony in Jackson Park’s Wooded Island. The sculpture is a culmination of work between Ono and Project 120, after Ono visited(…)

Man injured in toilet explosion in Hyde Park Bank Building

Man injured in toilet explosion in Hyde Park Bank Building

A man bleeding profusely from his lip ran down the hallway in a panic on the fifth floor of the Hyde Park Bank building around 9 a.m., according to bank security officers. The man was seeking help for the injury he sustained when one of the toilets in the men’s bathroom exploded. The maintenance staff(…)

Nando’s Peri-Peri makes case for liquor license at new Hyde Park location

Nando’s Peri-Peri makes case for liquor license at new Hyde Park location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a community meeting last night, Oct. 11, the South African food chain, Nando’s Peri-Peri, presented it’s case for obtaining a liquor license at its new 3,995 square foot location at 1447 E. 53rd St., to the 5th Ward Alderman’s office. The meeting at the Hyde Park Hyatt was announced(…)

Shrine celebrates one year since fire

Shrine celebrates one year since fire

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Oct. 7, 2015, a fire engulfed the over 90-year-old Shrine of Christ the King Church in the early morning hours. The fire completely destroyed the roof, causing it to cave in. Burnt debris littered the streets surrounding the church and smoke from the fire lingered around even after the(…)

Part Twenty: We can’t serve you here

Part Twenty: We can’t serve you here

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the(…)