Volunteers essential part of the “crew” at La Rabida

Volunteers essential part of the “crew” at La Rabida

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Retirement. Interest in medicine. Staying active. The kids—always, the kids. These are just a few of the reasons that the diverse range of volunteers at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S Promontory Dr., keep coming back, week after week, year after year. Whether they work at the information desk, the(…)

Hyde Park resident wins state pie making contest

Hyde Park resident wins state pie making contest

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Molly Herron is not new to pie making: the Hyde Park resident has been in every South Side Pie Challenge since its inception in 2012. Herron recently took her skills to the State Fair in Springfield and walked away with third place for the best berry pie in Illinois. Herron’s(…)

Lights, camera, action: Acting classes at HPNC

Lights, camera, action: Acting classes at HPNC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Kennan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Classes happen weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and are geared towards(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., is incorporating scheduled open houses beginning with its first event on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will learn the story of the historic HPHS building and have the chance to speak with docents about the intricate history of Hyde(…)

Little Black Pearl release results of youth research project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Statistics point to summer being the most violent time in the city of Chicago, especially for the city’s youth. Instead of letting the violence continue, eight young people took on the role of research assistants in a first time project by Little Black Pearl to take a look at the(…)

New retail for U. of C.’s new dorm

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Several new retailers are moving into the almost completed Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave., on the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus. Insomnia Cookies, a late-night spot that sells homemade cookies and milk and delivers until 3 a.m., will be one of the retailers in the(…)

SECC renews partnership with Bank of America for Business District Program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC) is renewing their partnership with Bank of America for the second year in a row, which will benefit SECC’s Business District Program. The Business District Program at the SECC play a number of roles such as providing economic development support in business corridors, referring businesses(…)

Printmaking at Smart Museum

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Day two of The Smart Museum of Art and Spudnik Press collaboration will take place this Thursday evening. Spudnik founder Angee Lennard will take participants on a behind the scenes crash course as they learn to decorate plates, wipe them and send them through the press. This comes one week(…)

U. of C. starts Clarke’s eviction process

U. of C. starts Clarke’s eviction process

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) began eviction proceedings for Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., Tuesday morning, Aug. 16. This morning an eviction sign was posted to the door of the diner and a locksmith was seen changing the locks to the establishment. Calmetta Coleman, the director of(…)

CPAC to host community meeting for park additions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council (CPAC) is hosting a meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, to get community input on its nature play area. CPAC received a neighborhood enhancement grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) in July to plant new wildflowers and to build a nature play area addition(…)

Hyde Park Kenwood Legends hosts block party

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Legends (HPKL) sports team is hosting a pop-up block club party on Saturday, Aug. 20. HPKL has partnered with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Health to host the event, which will take place on Forrestville Avenue between 48th and 49th streets from(…)

Sister Cities Delegation visits Hyde Park and South Side

Sister Cities Delegation visits Hyde Park and South Side

By SONIA SCHLESINGER 
Herald Intern Chicago-Shanghai Sister Cities Subcommittee on Social Services for the Older Population sponsored a delegation’s trip to Chicago last week. The group spent time in Hyde Park last Thursday, Aug. 4. While in Hyde Park, the delegation met with Montgomery Place CEO Deborah Hart to learn about retirement programs. They then(…)

Hyde Park residents challenged to help write neighborhood’s longest poem

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Indie City Writers group is seeking the help of community members as it tries to write the neighborhood’s longest poem. Community members of all ages and all writing skills will be invited to add lines to the 98-foot-long roll of paper at the community booth during the Hyde Park(…)

U. of C. evicts Clarke’s Diner

U. of C. evicts Clarke’s Diner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement today about Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., which is one of their tenants: “The University of Chicago is committed to attracting and supporting businesses that contribute to the vitality of Hyde Park and meet the needs of local residents and visitors,” said(…)

Residents talk benefits in building of Obama Presidential Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer South Side community members gathered for a second time last night to talk about what kind of benefits they want to see as residents of surrounding communities once the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is built in Jackson Park. The meeting, sponsored by the Southside Together Organizing for Power and the(…)

Marsha Ambrosius to perform at Promontory tonight

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Grammy-nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius will perform tonight at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Ambrosius, originally from Liverpool, England, will soon release a new solo album, “Friends & Lovers,” a combination of soul and hip-hop music. The album includes work with other musicians such as Charlie Wilson and Skye(…)

CTU prepares for upcoming CPS budget hearings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) plans to hold two budget hearings on Friday, Aug. 19. The hearings take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison St. These hearings follow the announcement of staff layoffs for the upcoming school year.(…)

Arts Incubator to host summer teen show

By SONIA SCHLESINGER
 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative and After School Matters Programs taught a six-week teen summer program at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., and tonight its pupils are ready to show off their work. The program included several different programs within it. There was a Community(…)

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman is still six months away, but candidates are already lining up in hopes of landing on the Feb. 28 ballot. Former alderman Will Burns resigned in March, and since then, community members have been focusing on the future aldermanic leadership for the(…)

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Outrage over police violence has rocked the nation recently, and, since the November 2015 release of a video in which 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the Windy City has been right in the middle of it all. Less than a mile away from(…)