Attempted armed robbery behind Treasure Island thwarted by Good Samaritan

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer   A 54-year-old man was held up at gunpoint behind Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., around 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, according to the Chicago Police Department. Neighbors on the scene said the man was an employee of the United State Post Office. According to police, the man was(…)

Event coordinators bring new festivals to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park will have had four major entertainment festivals by the end of 2016. Beloved staples like the Hyde Park Jazz Festival are always on the calendar, but new fests are popping up in the neighborhood, like this year’s successful Silver Room Block Party and the upcoming Brews, Brats and(…)

Hyde Park Community Players Staged Readings

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are a community theater group that presents plays and monthly staged readings on the first Friday of each month. The night consist of a one-hour staged reading followed by snacks and a moderated discussion with the performers Modeled after a literary salon, the presentations give(…)

Blackstone Library closed on Labor Day

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. All other Chicago Public Library branches including the Harold Washington Library Center and the Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries will also be closed that day. All libraries will reopen Tuesday, Sept.(…)

Fall Bulb & Mum Sale returns

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The annual Hyde Park Fall Bulb & Mum Sale will take place Sept. 17. Held in mid-September, the fair is an opportunity to buy a variety of flowers and bulbs, as well as learn more about the plants and how to take care of them. The Hyde Park Garden Fair,(…)

Harper Court Music Series

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Tonight marks the last of the four outdoor summer concert series at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The collaboration between the University of Chicago and The Silver Room owner, Eric Williams, began in May with a show from Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings and DJ Eric “ET” Taylor. In(…)

MSI first to exhibit defense agency artifacts

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer For the first time in history, The Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) has a one-of-a-kind exhibit on display at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Founded in 1958 in response to the Russian launch of Sputnik, DARPA has worked to keep the US at(…)

Acting classes at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Acting classes are held every Saturday at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Classes are taught by Jossie Harris Thacker, a dancer and actress who has been featured in shows such as “In Living Color,” “Empire” and “NCIS.” The class titled(…)

CPS librarians continue to decrease in number

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is beginning its school year with 508 less teachers across the district, and, according to reports, more than 60 school librarians have also been cut. WBEZ recently reported that CPS librarian numbers have been decreasing over the years, from 454 librarians budgeted in 2012 to 217(…)

Beth Harris named interim director at Lab School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab School) will be starting the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with a new Interim Director, Beth Harris. After Robin Appleby resigned from the role in May after two years in the position, Harris was chosen as the interim director only days(…)

NKO Conservation Council to discuss Binny’s expansion

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Council will discuss Binny’s Beverage Depot’s plans to move from its current location into the Lake Park Point Shopping Center, 1314 E. 47th St. Binny’s, which is currently leasing 3,500 square feet of space in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1531 E. 53rd St., is(…)

Cornell Park gets nature play space

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Like most parks in Hyde Park, the space located on Cornell Avenue between 54th and 55th streets is undergoing a facelift, however, while most parks are getting new swings and slides, Cornell Park is embracing what is known as a “Nature Play Space.” A nature play space is an assigned(…)

Washington Park residents examine effectiveness of CAPS

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Washington Park Residents Advocacy Council discussed the relevance of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program in its community during its meeting on Aug. 20. CAPS is a partnership between the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the city’s 200 police districts. Founded in 1993 as a pilot program with the(…)

U. of C. professor organizes new citywide music festival

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A University of Chicago professor, Augusta Read Thomas, has been organizing a new contemporary music festival across Chicago: the Ear Taxi Festival (ETF). The musical lineup was announced mid-August, and will include a performance at Rockefeller Chapel by the university’s carillon player. Thomas is the Professor of Composition in Music at(…)

Bedbug outbreak reveals deeper issues at WHPK

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The suspension of programing at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) radio station WHPK due to a bedbug outbreak has caused several DJs to resign citing unfair treatment as a major concern. This decision comes after the issue of bed bugs arose in early August after an outbreak was(…)

Film series looks at past to discuss issues of present

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer South Side Projections will be showing films this fall throughout the South Side that center around the topic of labor movements in their “Alternative Histories” film and discussion series. The first screening kicked off last Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., where “At the River(…)

Beyond a Mammogram to host walk for breast cancer

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Beyond a Mammogram is hosting its annual walk/run to raise awareness for breast cancer research on Sept. 24. All proceeds made will go towards Dr. Olunfumilayo Olopade’s breast cancer research at the University of Chicago. Beyond a Mammogram’s mission is to increase awareness of the risks of breast cancer, and(…)

M.A.S.K. to throw back to school block party

M.A.S.K. to throw back to school 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. 4th and will culminate in a massive block party with food and games at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings, and we(…)

Singer-songwriter playing series at Hyde Park Farmer’s Market

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Ethan Sellers, a multi-faceted musician and Hyde Park music teacher, is playing acoustic guitar and vocal sets at the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market on the mornings of Sept. 8 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1(…)

Last Harper Court concert of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The last Harper Court Summer Music Series concert of 2016 will take place this Wednesday, Aug. 31. Concerts began in May and continued weekly through the summer, featuring blues, jazz and Latin artists that performed in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. Wednesday’s concert will feature Afro beat style music(…)