Hales alumni seek volunteers for school cleanup

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hales Franciscan Alumni Association is hosting a campus cleanup tomorrow, Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. In the wake of the July announcement that Hales would suspend operations this school year, the Alumni Association has been trying(…)

Filmmaker Ben Rivers visits the Renaissance Society

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer International artist Ben Rivers visits the Renaissance Society to discuss his first solo presentation in the United States called “Urth.” The films in the exhibition share a common interest: the tension between a yearning for an idealized world and the impossibility of such a place. Explorations of community, landscape, freedom(…)

Austrian author visits 57th Street Books

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Award-winning Austrian author Peter Sichrovsky is coming to 57th Street Books on Sept. 26 to discuss his new book, Verklempt, with his wife and fellow author Colleen Delegan. Sichrovsky has written 18 books, helped found Austrian newspaper Der Standard and is a former politician. Verklempt, meaning “overcome with emotion” in(…)

Annual Arts and Crafts show returns

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The 11th Annual Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure is taking place Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24 and 25 in the outdoor courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. The American Society of Artists, an organization that helps provide art shows throughout the Midwest, hosts the(…)

USPS offers reward for attempted robbery suspect

USPS offers reward for attempted robbery suspect

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who attempted to rob U.S. Postal Service employees on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue. The attempted armed robbery occurred between 5:30 p.m. and 6(…)

“When Penny Met POTUS” author visits Children’s Book Fair

“When Penny Met POTUS” author visits Children’s Book Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One of the best parts of the annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair are the visiting authors. This year, among the four authors coming to the fair to read their stories and sign their books is Rachel Ruiz, the author of “When Penny Met POTUS.” In the book, Penny’s mom(…)

Sketch comedy revue at The Revival explores real life

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Hyde Park improvisational theater, The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., is debuting an original sketch comedy revue tomorrow night that explores life through all of its ups and downs and twists and turns called “Life’s A Game.” The complex themes the show will cover include love and loss, family and(…)

New businesses open in U. of C.’s new residence hall

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern With the opening of the University of Chicago’s new dorm, Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave., comes numerous new businesses in its space. Businesses currently leasing space on the site include Timbuk2, a cyclist accessory store, Insomnia Cookies, a bakery that stays open until 3 a.m., and Dollop(…)

Ray wins First Lady Michelle Obama’s national physical activity award

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., won the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award. Ray is one of 544 schools nationwide and one of 10 schools in the Chicago Public Schools District 299 to receive the award that began in 2013 by First Lady, Michelle Obama. In order(…)

Male student suing University of Chicago under Title IX

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A male student of the University of Chicago (U. of C.), twice accused of sexual assault, is suing the university under the grounds that he wasn’t treated fairly because of gender inequity under Title IX. He is also suing one of the women who accused him of assault for defamation.(…)

Vacancies in Murray LSC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Local School Council (LSC) at Murray Language Academy, 5355 S. Kenwood Ave., is looking to fill four current vacancies at a special LSC meeting on Sept. 27. The LSC is looking for one parent representative and two community representatives to serve on the council. A teacher at Murray will(…)

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Darryl McDaniels, one third of the groundbreaking hip hop group “Run-D.M.C., appeared Friday night, Aug. 26, at the DuSable Museum of African American History to discuss his latest autobiography “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide.” Run-DMC came into fruition as a band in 1981 in Hollis, Queens, New York with(…)

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Small businesses are what makes Hyde Park the unique neighborhood it is, but more and more, these independently owned businesses are struggling. So far in 2016, six of the nine storefronts that have closed were run by small business owners. Many have said it’s a struggle to compete with the(…)

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council voted last night to support Michael Binstein, owner of Binny’s Beverage Depot, as he moves forward with plans to relocate the store at 1531 E. 53rd St., which is an “Express” location, to the vacant storefront next to Ross Dress For Less at(…)

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Montgomery Place celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staff and resident party on Sept. 1. Staff and residents mingled while eating buffet-style lunch, enjoying entertainment from a balloon artist and magician, and played a team game of beanbag toss. “It’s a celebration of years and years of providing services, a(…)

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4 . The drive will culminate with a massive block party with food and games on 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings,(…)

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27 was not only the last Saturday of the month, it was also the standing date of the monthly charity event #HashtagLunchbag held at The Promontory. What started in 2012 as a way for a group of friends to give back around the holiday season has grown into(…)

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It may be the end of summer, but it is not quite the end of planting season, and the annual Fall Hyde Park Garden Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, is one of the last chances to get flower bulbs before the first fall frost. Plants available at the annual fair(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Children’s Book Fair will celebrate 30 years in Hyde Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. Rebecca Janowitz created the Children’s Book Fair in 1986. She said the story of its inception is, “Very Hyde Park.” “There was a leasing dispute over O’Gara’s Bookstore on 57th Street so Hyde Parkers(…)

Robin Kelly hosts symposium on “Defining the Black Female Experience”

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-2), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, hosted a symposium in Hyde Park called “Defining the Black Female Experience” in conjunction with the University of Chicago’s Center for Race, Politics and Culture, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Office(…)