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Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Small businesses are what makes Hyde Park the unique neighborhood it is, but more and more, these independently owned businesses are struggling. So far in 2016, six of the nine storefronts that have closed were run by small business owners. Many have said it’s a struggle to compete with the(…)

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council voted last night to support Michael Binstein, owner of Binny’s Beverage Depot, as he moves forward with plans to relocate the store at 1531 E. 53rd St., which is an “Express” location, to the vacant storefront next to Ross Dress For Less at(…)

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Montgomery Place celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staff and resident party on Sept. 1. Staff and residents mingled while eating buffet-style lunch, enjoying entertainment from a balloon artist and magician, and played a team game of beanbag toss. “It’s a celebration of years and years of providing services, a(…)

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4 . The drive will culminate with a massive block party with food and games on 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings,(…)

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27 was not only the last Saturday of the month, it was also the standing date of the monthly charity event #HashtagLunchbag held at The Promontory. What started in 2012 as a way for a group of friends to give back around the holiday season has grown into(…)

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It may be the end of summer, but it is not quite the end of planting season, and the annual Fall Hyde Park Garden Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, is one of the last chances to get flower bulbs before the first fall frost. Plants available at the annual fair(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Children’s Book Fair will celebrate 30 years in Hyde Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. Rebecca Janowitz created the Children’s Book Fair in 1986. She said the story of its inception is, “Very Hyde Park.” “There was a leasing dispute over O’Gara’s Bookstore on 57th Street so Hyde Parkers(…)

Dyett reopens as an arts-focused high school

Dyett reopens as an arts-focused high school

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Today marked the first day back to school for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the grand opening of the newly refurbished Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts (Dyett). CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson joined new principal Beulah McLoyd and Dyett hunger striker(…)

Cemitas Puebla opened in Hyde Park

Cemitas Puebla opened in Hyde Park

Cemitas Puebla, a family-owned Mexican sandwich restaurant, opened in Hyde Park today, Sept. 6, in the former location of Packed, the dumpling shop that closed in May. Cemitas Puebla, 1321 E. 57th St., is opened Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – midnight. Cemitas Puebla, which initially(…)

M.A.S.K. to throw back to school block party

M.A.S.K. to throw back to school block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4th and will culminate in a massive block party with food and games at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings, and we(…)

Restoring Hyde Park’s history through building renovations

Restoring Hyde Park’s history through building renovations

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park neighborhood is over 160 years old, so it’s no surprise that some of its buildings are a century old or more as well. With older buildings, however, come much needed restorations and renovations, and that’s where Tom Fortune comes in. Fortune, one of the co-founders of Fortune(…)

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has been written about in countless novels, filmed for television and movies scenes and painted on professional canvasses. Now, to add to that list of neighborhood dedication, there is a 42-foot long poem written about Hyde Park. The Indie City Writers group set out to write the longest(…)