Comfort Me Boutique closing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After two years in the neighborhood, Comfort Me Boutique, 1508 E. 55th St., will be closing on June 30. The store started as a pop-up shop in Harper Court bought in by the University of Chicago and became a permanent business in Hyde Park when it moved to the Hyde(…)

Fourth ward hosts community meetings

Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) will host her first 4th Ward Constituent Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the 4th Ward Service Office, 435 E. 35th St. The night is for constituents to meet individually with the alderman and staff. There will be an attorney present to answer legal questions. King will(…)

Shots fired at 61st and Harper

Shots fired at 61st and Harper

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago Police and Chicago Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 6100 block of South Harper Avenue this morning at about 9:45 a.m. According to police on the scene, an unknown gunman on foot opened fire on the occupants of a silver minnie van as(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner

Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner

5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Featured Speaker: Hyde Park resident and retired Chicago Public School Principal Jay Mulberry Tickets for the dinner are $80, $90 if purchased after Feb.22. Send checks, payable to the Hyde Park Historical Society to Janice A. Knox, c/o Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

Richard Orlikoff, 1923 – 2015

Richard Orlikoff, 1923 – 2015

Richard Orlikoff, legal counsel for the Hyde Park Herald and Hyde Park resident for over 60 years, died Thursday, Dec. 10. He was 92. Orlikoff was born in New Jersey on July 23, 1923 to Samuel and Blanche Orlikoff. After high school he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of(…)

Ari Roth visits at KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Acclaimed playwright and producer Ari Roth comes to Hyde Park this month as KAM Isaiah Israel’s Weinstein scholar-in-residence. From Dec. 4-5, Roth will give lectures and readings at the temple, located at 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Recently, Roth’s work surrounding the topic of Israel has caused some controversy. Last(…)

Film exploring sexuality and religion to premiere at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Renowned independent filmmaker, and part-time South Side resident, D. Channsin Berry, who’s previous movies include “A Different Shade of Love,” “My Father’s Music…Jazz” and “The Black Line,” is bringing his newest documentary, “The Church House: Sexuality In The Black Church,” to Hyde Park on Dec. 4. The film, which is(…)

Dyett principal chosen, boundary decisions to be made

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday, Sept. 24, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the new principal to lead Dyett High School when it reopens as an arts-focused open enrollment school next fall. Beulah McLoyd, formerly the principal at Austin neighborhood school Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, 5101 W. Harrison St., will take on(…)

U. of C. boosts local non-profits

U. of C. boosts local non-profits

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator is starting its second year of service to non-profit organizations based on Chicago’s Mid-South Side. Interested organizations have until Oct. 2 to apply for funding through the program, which aims to support small businesses and non-profits that contribute to the health and vitality(…)


The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department have shut down 51st Street between Ellis Avenue and Drexel Avenue due to a report of a suspicious package. The departments have been working together since about 11 a.m. searching the area for the reported package. Police and fire trucks have cut off the area to vehicle(…)

Three proposals in play to resuscitate beleaguered South Side high school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the past several months, Charles Campbell, current principal of Dyett High School; The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, which includes members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Little Black Pearl, which currently operates a Chicago Public Schools contract school for students who are at risk of or already(…)

Chicago police warn of robberies on Harper Avenue

The Chicago Police Department report that two robberies have taken place on Harper Avenue in the past week. In these incidents, the offenders threatened the victims with violence and made off with personal belongings. The first incident occurred on May 23 in the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue at 10:24 p.m. The second incident(…)

Today and tomorrow, Cream Co.’s plants are for a song – or a poem

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago-based artist collective Cream Co. will give out 2,000 tomato seedlings and 1,000 flowers in exchange for poems this week. The exchange–which began today–will continue through tomorrow at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Participants are invited to read a poem in exchange for allium flowers and 14 varieties(…)

Decision to place Obama Library on South Side to be officially announced this afternoon

The Barack Obama Foundation will officially announce at noon its decision to place the presidential library on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation shared its decision in a prepared statement this morning, accompanied by a video from the first couple. President Obama said in the video that the library would “attract the world to Chicago,” adding,(…)

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

The 53rd Street Tax Increment Finance Development Council will host a presentation by the developers of Vue53 this Monday. The meeting, to be held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will cover such issues as construction, traffic and the timeline for development of the high-rise, which will sit across from Nichols Park. The meeting(…)