SECC offers grant to help business owners in Woodlawn

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is launching a new initiative to help business owners in the Woodlawn area: the Woodlawn Business Corridor Improvement Grant Program. The program will provide rebates to business owners within Cottage Grove and 63rd street, particularly to renew or beautify the location. Goals of this project(…)

John W. Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

The City of Chicago will be naming a section of 57th Street between Stony Island and Cornell Drive after the late John W. Rogers Sr. Rogers, who was a Hyde Park resident, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He flew 120 successful combat missions over Europe during World War II. In 2007, He was(…)

Creative Mansion Children’s Academy to close on Thursday

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After twenty-five years in the community, Kenwood’s Creative Mansion Children’s Academy, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., will close permanently when the school year ends on Thursday, June 30. Owner Marjorie Jones had long planned to retire at the end of this year but did not decide to close the Mansion until(…)

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Sisters, Maggie and Africa Brown, will perform at the “Interactions” variety show at University Church on July 8. The Brown sisters created the variety show to help raise funds for the revitalization of Blue Gargoyle. They performed previously on June 24, and will perform again July 8, July 29 and(…)

Cancer, violence and STDS top list of health concerns for South Side residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine community survey found that cancer, violence and sexually transmitted infections are among the top health concerns of South Side residents. The survey, titled the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), is mandated by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and aims to(…)

Shoesmith assistant principal joins staff at Lab school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicole Neal, the Assistant Principal at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., will not return for the 2016-17 school year after serving in the role for five years. Neal’s new role will be the Director of Student Services for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a community meeting Monday night, a Chicago Park District official apologized to Hyde Park residents for last week’s surprise closure of Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. On Friday, June 24, without any warning, a construction crew fenced off Bixler Playlot and removed the playground equipment. From signage later(…)

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A group of upset neighborhood parents met Saturday, June 25 in Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., to discuss what they believed to be unwarranted construction of the Bixler Playlot. Playground equipment was removed and the playlot was closed on Friday, without any warning. “I think we’re all incredibly(…)

Smart Museum hosts free Summer Cookout series

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., is hosting a series of Summer Cookouts to unveil the latest changes to the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The cookouts are scheduled for Thursdays June 30, July 14 and August 18 and are free to the public. The(…)

Hyde Park dinner crawl explores local favorites

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, June 28, the Hyde Park Dinner Crawl will explore local pallets from various restaurants that are staples in the neighborhood. The dinner crawl includes Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen, 1164 E. 55th St.; B’Gabs Goodies, 1450 E. 57th St.; Medici, 1327 E. 57th St.; The Nile, 1162 E. 55th St.;(…)

CPS addresses lead testing at community meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) gave updates on the lead testing at public schools during a community meeting Thursday, June 23 at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. CPS CEO, Forrest Claypool, and other city officials presented the report to about 10 community members who attended the meeting.(…)

Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 31st Hunger Walk in Jackson Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Greater Chicago Food Depository will host its 31st Annual Hunger Walk this Saturday, June 25, in Jackson Park. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and move along Lake Michigan for two miles. About 15,000 people are expected to attend this year to participate in the walk, volunteer and(…)

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Urban redevelopment in cities can sometimes be a difficult topic to discuss, which is why Place Lab took the question of “What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you?” to artists, activists, scholars and community members at a public convening event, yesterday, at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag seeks Hyde Park volunteers to help feed the homeless

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park residents are invited to the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, June 25, to help distribute lunch bags to homeless Chicagoans. Hashtag Lunchbag, a non-profit organization that sponsors food drives across the country, will be hosting the event. Community residents looking to pitch in should assemble at(…)

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 23-year-old Bronzeville resident has been arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder for his role in a shooting, on Sunday, June 19, in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, that left a 3-year-old boy paralyzed. In a June 23 statement, police named the offender as Desean Wynn(…)

Armed men rob U. of C. staff member

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine staff member fell victim to an armed robbery on Wednesday, June 22, near 56th Street and South Kimbark Avenue. According to the U. of C. Security Alert, the victim was walking eastbound on 56th Street, at approximately 4:15 p.m., when approached from(…)

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Whole Foods Market in Hyde Park held its opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 and opened for business at 9 a.m. The first customer arrived at 4:45 a.m. By 9 a.m. there were over 1,300 customers lined up at the main entrance on Lake Park Avenue(…)

Hyde Park psychotherapist couple greatly influenced those around them

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and associates of psychotherapist Robert Moore offer an illustration of the man that stands in stark contrast to the circumstances of his death. Moore, a former professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St., and his wife Margaret Shanahan, a prominent Jungian psychotherapist, were found dead,(…)

Women share stories to help fight against brain tumors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, June 24, 12 women will convene at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., to tell the stories of women overcoming and coping with life’s struggles. The performance, “Walk In My Shoes” starts at 7 p.m. in the performance hall and runs two hours without an intermission. The(…)

Car crash at Lake Park and 55th Street

Car crash at Lake Park and 55th Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A two-vehicle collision in East Hyde Park this morning shut down a stretch of South Lake Park Avenue for about 45 minutes. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, a vehicle traveling northbound on Lake Park Avenue collided with a vehicle turning east onto 55th Street from a southbound lane(…)