News In Brief

Preckwinkle hosts holiday party

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is inviting the Hyde Park-Kenwood community to attend a holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., from 6 p.m. – 8:30p.m. In addition to joining the festivities at the party, guests are encouraged to bring a gift, toy(…)

Davis presents Hyde Park tales

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Susan O’Connor Davis delivered a presentation on the peculiar and unknown narratives of early Hyde Park history. The lecture, presented by the Hyde Park Historical Society, saw Davis paint a complex web of early Hyde(…)

Streetscaping meeting for 55th Street

A 55th Street streetscape follow-up meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Call the 5th Ward office at 773-324-5555 for more information.

Blackstone Library open for Veteran’s Day

While many municipal institutions will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, Blackstone Public Library, 904 S. Lake Park Ave., will be open during its regular hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To contact the Blackstone Library call 312-747-0511.

U. of C. hosts conference on urban affairs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 3-4, University of Chicago (U. of C.) will partner with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to host the launch of an international urban affairs symposium titled, “City/Cite: A Transatlantic Exchange.” “City/Cite: A Transatlantic Exchange” is a(…)

The Herald is looking for your memories

The Hyde Park Herald invites you to share your memories of the University of Chicago in our special U. of C. 125th Anniversary issue. Email letters to Daschell M. Phillips, Editor, Hyde Park Herald, . All letters are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

HPNC holds annual meeting

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) will hold its Annual Meeting of the Board tomorrow at 7 p.m., in the club’s facilities, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. The meeting will focus on the state of the HPNC through fiscal year 2015. The agenda includes a fiscal report, program report, fundraising report and announcements regarding new board(…)

Used book sale this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 9th Annual Hyde Park Used Book Sale happens this weekend from Saturday, Oct. 10 through Monday, Oct. 12. The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has been collecting used books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable condition since August for the yearly event that brings literary lovers from(…)

U. of C. Press gets wild in new book

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Press took on an exciting project that culminates poetry, essays, illustrations and photos of the everyday residents of Chicago we tend to ignore, its wildlife. “We often think of cities as exclusively human places of existence, but we share cities with so many(…)

Tour and volunteer event at Wooded Island

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Lauren Umek, Park District Manager for the restoration in progress on Wooded Island in Jackson Park, will be leading a tour of the location this Saturday, Sept. 5. The tour starts at 10 a.m. from the south parking lot just east of the intersection of Hayes Drive and Cornell Avenue(…)

CPD sends out missing girl alert

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Chicago Police Department released a statement saying that Mikaylah Martin, of the 5700 block of S. Prairie Ave., had gone missing. The last contact with Martin was Aug. 19. Martin is 15-years-old, Black, with brown eyes and purple/blue hair. She is listed at 5’1” and weighs approximately 165 lbs. Martin(…)

DuSable Museum hosts ceremony in memory of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago’s first non-native settler, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, will be the subject of a memorial ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Court, 401 North Michigan Avenue. The memorial is open to the public and is hosted by The DuSable Park Coalition. Following(…)

Back to school picnic at 63rd Street beach

Head down to the 63rd St. Beach Pavilion on Sunday, August 30, for the annual 5th Ward back-to-school picnic. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include Tumblers, the South Shore Drill Team and more. The event is free, and backpacks will be given out to appropriately aged children with parents.

Memorial service for U. of C doctor

A memorial service for University of Chicago School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Raul Hinojosa is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in the Performance Penthouse on the 9th floor. Free parking is available after 4 p.m.(…)

Mies musings, courtesy of Hyde Park Historical Society

The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a special event: an illustrated program on some of the earliest U.S. buildings designed by renowed modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The presenter is Kevin Harrington, professor emeritus of architectural history at IIT and coauthor of the most recent edition of “Chicago’s Famous Buildings.” The free event(…)

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks Evenings may be coming to Hyde Park at its 53rd Street location. The coffee shop chain has been offering late-night small plates and alcohol in select locations since 2012, primarily in downtown Chicago. The selling of coffee will still take precedence over the selling of alcohol. A few examples of Evenings offerings are truffle(…)

The bell tolls for thee – later

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, July 30, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that 82 high schools and elementary schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2015-16 school year. This change is expected to save CPS around $13.5 million this coming school year and is part of a district-wide streamlining of transportation(…)

Hyde Parker to chair American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors

Hyde Park resident Gail Hasbrouck, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Advocate Health Care, has been named chairman of the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors. As chairman, Hasbrouck, who has lived in Hyde Park since 1968, will lead a team of healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who(…)

Sparks fly at Hyde Park Metra stop

Saturday, July 25, at approximately 9 p.m., bright flashes of light could be seen emanating from the 51st Street Metra station in Hyde Park. Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis said the event was linked to the electrical problems of train 142, which left University Park at 7:40 p.m. The train’s difficulties culminated near the 51st Street(…)

Storytelling event in Elm Park

The Elm Park Advisory Council is hosting “Strangers No More: Stories of Connection,” a time where strangers will gather and connect by sharing their life stories. “Strangers No More” will begin at 3 p.m., Aug. 1, at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged(…)