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Volunteers needed for Bret Harte Elementary service day

Bret Harte Elementary School is seeking volunteers for a service day. MAC Property Management, which recently made upgrades to the playground at Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., is sponsoring a service day for the school. The service day will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 23. School year preparations will(…)

Rapper Common’s inaugural AAHH FEST! relocated to Union Park

The Common Ground Foundation’s inaugural concert AAHH FEST! has been moved from Jackson Park to Union Park and cut a day short. The annual event, originally planned to take place the weekend of Sept. 20 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive is now slated for Union Park on Sunday, Sept. 21. Last April, South Side native(…)

Registration open for Marsha’s Music

Registration is currently open for Marsha’s Music Together’s fall semester classes. The fall semester for Marsha’s Music Together is 10 weeks, Sept. 12 through Nov. 23, and features the Bongos Song Collection. Classes are held at Joan’s Studio in Hyde Park, 1438 E. 57th St. The music school also offers a family music jam once(…)

Little Black Pearl to host fundraiser at 39th Street Beach

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In association with the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” series – an effort to encourage summer programming in neighborhood parks – the Little Black Pearl (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., will host their upcoming fundraiser, Pearl Fest, by 39th Street Beach, 1099 E. Oakwood Blvd. The(…)

Growing Chicago seafood chain coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A growing local chain of seafood restaurants is coming to Hyde Park. Red Snapper co-owner Khalil H. Khalil is expecting to open his fast food chain’s sixth Chicago store at 1418 E. 53rd St. within the next two weeks. Named after its signature fish dinner, Red Snapper serves dishes ranging(…)

Will Burns bashes D.C. Republicans

Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a press conference with several other Black General Assembly and City Council legislators last Wednesday condemning U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue President Barack Obama. The House voted that day 225-201 to authorize a lawsuit against Obama alleging abuse of authority. Burns was joined by legislators(…)

New shoe store coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer BankFinancial’s abandoned branch at 5500 S. Lake Park will soon make way for a New Balance shoe store. Jeff Mach, co-owner of the city’s four New Balance concept stores, will open the shop this month, with a tentative opening date planned for Aug. 15. He says he was drawn to(…)

Disney is staying on a bit

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is extending its Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.  The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 4. From Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney(…)