Hales Franciscan board will focus on resetting school during suspension year

By ALLISON MATYUS
 Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School announced on Wednesday, July 27, that it is suspending its upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Melody Spann Cooper, the chairwoman of the Hales Franciscan(…)

World music at University Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Academy of Music is bringing the Mehmet Polat Trio to University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., for a concert on Aug. 21. The Mehmet Polat Trio draws its roots from the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions. The Ney, Lora and Oud are the three(…)

U of C research center expansion breaks ground

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago (U. of C.) broke ground on Monday for a new addition to its astrophysics research center, according to the real estate site CP Executive. The project is expected to be finished in 2017. The expansion includes a two-story expansion of the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space(…)

Community benefits main concern in Obama Library installation

Community benefits main concern in Obama Library installation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s town hall meeting regarding the Obama Presidential Library, residents talked about creating a Community Benefits Agreement with the foundation connected to the incoming library. Early Wednesday, Jackson Park was announced as the site for the future Obama Library. The meeting, hosted by Southside Together Organization for Power(…)

U. of C. student sues fraternity over incident of hazing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student is suing the Illinois chapter and national organization of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Dylan Kanaan, who enrolled at the U. of C. in 2014, filed the suit in Cook County Circuit on July 15 against the fraternity and 13 of its(…)

Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak at Democratic National Convention

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St., and two-time presidential candidate, will address the 2016 Democratic National Convention tonight between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (EST) Full convention coverage including Rev. Jackson’s remarks will air on C-Span.

Encore Chorale performs summer concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Encore Chorale will end its summer session in a free community performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Featured songs during the performance will include Verdi’s “Va Pensiero,” “The Water is Wide” by Luigi Zaninelli and an audience(…)

DuSable museum to host documentary screening

By SONIA SCHLESINGER
 Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a free screening of Black in Latin America on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This documentary tracks Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates,’ trip through Cuba where he explores how the country’s culture, religion and politics are tied closely(…)

Jackson Park chosen as home to Obama Presidential Center

Jackson Park chosen as home to Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park will be home to the Obama Presidential Center, according to a source familiar with the selection process. The 500-acre park, located at 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., apparently won out over the alternative site of Washington Park. Since its decision to house the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s(…)

Hales Franciscan suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is suspending the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume for the 2017-18 school year. The decision comes after a dramatic decrease in enrollment to the private school(…)

Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer New developments around Hyde Park are either nearing completion or just beginning to break ground. Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St. After initially being proposed in 2013 and an unsuccessful lawsuit that followed that same year, the 13-story building is finally nearing completion. Vue53 is expected to be finished by mid-September.(…)

“Bronzeville” musical performs at Logan Center

“Bronzeville” musical performs at Logan Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer “Chicago’s Bronzeville-The Musical”, is making one last local stop at the Logan Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, before placing its Broadway bid in the hopes of performing on the biggest stage in the theater world. The original musical is put on by the Mahdi Theatre Company(…)

Kenwood High School reunion ignites Bronco pride

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If you grew up in Hyde Park between 1969 and today, you most likely attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The school, founded in 1969, has had 47 graduating classes, and all of them are invited to the sixth annual all class reunion on Sunday, Aug. 14.(…)

U. of C. sells three residence halls to 3L real estate

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For months, residents of the University of Chicago dormitories that closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year have speculated on the future of their now former residence halls. Monday, July 18, Chicago Real Estate Daily wrote that the university of has sold three of these dorms to 3L(…)

Obama Library town hall meeting on community benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 27, there will be a town hall meeting calling for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the upcoming Obama Presidential Library. The meeting will take place at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The CBA will call on the Obama Foundation(…)

Shakespeare in the park returns to Hyde Park area

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Comedy, romance and mistaken identity come to Washington Park, 5531 S. Russell Dr., this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” after shows in Burnside and Beverly on the far South Side. Shakespeare in the Parks is a beloved Chicago summer tradition. Each(…)

Race the topic of discussion at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two of the country’s most prominent young writers on race, Mychal Denzel Smith and Marc Lamont Hill, will stop by the Seminary Co-op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Aug. 9, to discuss their respective new books. Smith, a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation(…)

Michelle Obama back in the neighborhood through weekend  

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer First Lady Michelle Obama will be returning to her Kenwood home this week and staying through Sunday, according to reports. Obama is returning to the South Side after her inspiring speech last night at the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “I wake up every morning in a house that(…)

57th St. Books to host Harry Potter midnight release party

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For the first time in nearly a decade, bookstores across the country will host Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties. Hyde Park’s celebration of the eighth Harry Potter story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at 57th St. Books, 1201 E. 57th St., and(…)

Wednesday concert in Harper Court

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harper Court Summer Music Series continues this Wednesday with authentic Latin music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. DJ El Caobo and DJ Kamani Rashad will perform Salsa, Bachata, Meringue and Kimzomba style tunes. Dance instructors will be available to teach the(…)