News In Brief

O.P. opening

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern Local produce and specialty food market Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will be hosting the market’s inaugural gallery event for photographer Fanta Celah. The opening event will exhibit Celah’s photography and paintings on Monday, July 1, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The opening marks the start of Open(…)

Spartans football recruiting

Young people ages six to 15 can now sign up for football with the Hyde Park Spartans. The team is also recruiting cheerleaders. For more information and to sign up for football or cheerleading, visit hpjrspartans.com.

DuSable remembers Civil War

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the DuSable Museum of African American History will be holding a Civil War reenactment on Sunday, June 23. The event, “A Sight Unlike Any Other: The Civil War and the Colored Soldier,” will be taking place at the museum, 740(…)

U. of C. graduates thousands despite inclement weather

Last weekend the University of Chicago awarded 2,811 graduate students and 1,197 undergrads with degrees following convocation on Saturday. Saturday’s 515th Convocation ceremony was dampened by rain but was held despite predicted thunderstorms on the university’s Main Quadrangle.

Didjeridu fest Thursday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rockefeller Chapel will be holding a meditation session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, complete with music and a subsequent period of silence to mark the arrival of the longest day of the year. The solstice event, which has taken place at the chapel for several years now, is(…)

Fourth on 53rd seeking volunteers

With Independence Day approaching, Hyde Parkers can start looking forward to the 21st annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, the 4th on 53rd Parade. Since its launch in 1992, the event has enjoyed participation from the community’s diverse population, coining its motto, “everyone marches, nobody watches.” Families can join in on a variety of(…)

Make Music returns to HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Grab a sandwich and take next Friday’s lunch break at the Midway Skating Rink, or any number of Hyde Park places, to listen to live music. Make Music Chicago will spend its second year playing live music all day in Hyde Park. This is the celebration of live music’s third(…)

Giant moonrise walk this Sunday

Hyde Parkers can enjoy the biggest full moon of the year with their neighbors this Sunday. A nature walk that will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at the east entrance of the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, will continue on to the east end of Promontory(…)

U. of C. post to aid locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago named Shaz Rasul its director of Community Programs. The position was recently created to support community-based initiatives. Rasul will help local non-profits by connecting them to U. of C. faculty, students and staff who can provide support or aid for their causes. His position will focus(…)

Human leg found on Kenwood beach

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Police were alerted last Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. of a human leg at the beach on the 4700 block of South Lake Shore Drive, and there is an ongoing investigation into the matter, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. The body part was examined that day and determined(…)

Bridgeport Coffee Co. replacing Istria

Bridgeport Coffee Co. replacing Istria

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A popular South Side coffee shop is opening in Hyde Park. Bridgeport Coffee Company will be opening its third location inside the Hyde Park Art Center café space formerly occupied by Istria Café. The art center said it hopes to open the café, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., by the end(…)

Police discover possible suicide in HP

Chicago Police officers serving an eviction notice last week found Hyde Park attorney Rick Halprin dead in his home. Halprin was found with a single gunshot wound to the head in his apartment on the 1000 block of East 53rd Street, News Affairs said. He attended John Marshall Law School and worked for four decades(…)

HP dance school holds event

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is marking its 20th anniversary with “En Avant,” a performance scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. “En Avant” will include performances by HPSD students(…)

SECC brings Cleanslate to 57th Street

The South East Chicago Commission has contracted with the popular employment readiness and beautification group Cleanslate to clean several South Side streets, including 57th Street, as well as installing planters and banners. “These improvements are the first phase of a larger plan designed to bring new consumers and new residents to South Side neighborhoods,” said Wendy(…)

Blackstone joins summer program

Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., will be holding a series of events for and registering participants in Chicago Public Libraries’ (CPL) annual Summer Learning Challenge program, June 17 through Aug. 10. This year’s program, “Rahm’s Readers: Full STEAM Ahead,” will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, as its acronym suggests. Every(…)

Vue53 passes out of City Council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposal to build Vue53 passed Chicago City Council last Wednesday, clearing the way for the project to begin. The ordinance passed with a vote of 49 to 0. Ald. Ed Burke (14th) recused himself. The zoning change allows Mesa Development to build the proposed 154-foot-tall building at 1330 E.(…)

Kwame Raoul is recognized for health work

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been named Humanitarian of the Year by Jackson Park Hospital, just south of Hyde Park on Stony Island Avenue. Raoul said he was “humbled to receive this award” in a statement in which he also described Jackson Park as a safety net hospital, which provides needed services to low-income residents,(…)

This Old (Hyde Park) House returns Sun.

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s series on home repair for historic houses continues on Sunday, June 16, with a roofing lecture. To be held at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the event begins at 2 p.m. and will include discussion of slate, flat, tile and shingled roofs. Visit hydeparkhistory.org to learn more.

Historian to speak at Seminary Co-op

Bestselling historian Rick Perlstein will be holding his second public Hyde Park conversation this spring at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The “Nixonland” author will speak with Don Rose, a liberal political consultant and journalist for the Chicago Daily Observer, an online publication covering local(…)

DuSable Museum to host free gallery talk on June 9

The DuSable Museum of African American history will be hosting a free gallery talk with Terrence A. Reese, the photographer behind its current exhibit, “Reflections,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 9 at 740 E. 56th Pl. Also known as “Tar,” the New York-based photographer born in Chicago is slated to talk about documenting(…)