News In Brief

Police warn of South Kenwood robberies

Following a series of South Kenwood robberies, the police are warning residents to beware of the armed criminals. The robberies took place on 46th through 49th Street — two at the beginning of the month and two at the end. One of the criminals produced a handgun and demanded property. They left the scene of(…)

Police issue area burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the buildings during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of Aug. 25, the 900(…)

Tech repair shop opens on 55th Street

The Tech Box, a computer, tablet and phone repair store, recently opened in Hyde Park. Owner Nick Xu said he chose the name because his services are not limited to computers. They provide both walk-in diagnostic and repair and regular on-site services. The Tech Box, 1623 E. 55th St., will serve both small businesses and(…)

Find a hidden treasure, help a worthwhile cause

A fundraiser that benefits the Avon Foundation for breast cancer research will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. Items range from children’s items to antiques to books and furniture. For more information, call 773-955-9854.

Hyde Park Community Players holding auditions, meeting for upcoming productions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold two events this week at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., to prepare for upcoming productions. The Players will hold auditions from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for their November production of Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia.” Audition materials will be provided. Although preparation is not required,(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to sponsor second neighborhood dinner crawl

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a second dinner crawl from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Tickets will grant diners samples from eight Hyde Park restaurants on the west end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Participating restaurants include Café 53, 1369 E. 53rd St., Cedar’s, 1206 E. 53rd St.,(…)

Sa’mal gallery talk at Oriental Institute tomorrow

You can stop in on Hyde Park’s ancient city experts for a lecture this Thursday. On Sept. 4, join the creator of a model of the ancient city of Sa’mal for a talk at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. The exhibit where the model is displayed, “In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the(…)

African Festival of the Arts coming to Washington Park this weekend

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts will take place this weekend, Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, in Washington Park. The festival will feature two stages showcasing around 60 performances by poets, dancers and musicians spanning genres from world music to hip hop, as well as a fashion show and dance lessons.(…)

Court Theatre to celebrate 60 years

The Court Theater will celebrate its 60th anniversary with subscribers on Monday, Sept. 15, at Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 S. University Ave. The event will feature a 6 p.m. buffet and open bar, 7:30 p.m. performances and conversations at Mandell Hall and an 8:30 p.m. champagne toast and dessert. Participants must R.S.V.P. by Aug. 31, and(…)

DuSable Museum hosting family event on financial literacy

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting “Kids Count!” a back to school student and family event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30. The event, which will take place at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., will focus on financial literacy. Families will have the opportunity to open student checking or savings(…)

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(…)