Hyde Park featured in South Side documentary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Geoffrey Baer, host of numerous feature-length specials for WTTW, Chicago’s public media station, has dedicated his most recent documentary to the unique history of the city’s South Side neighborhoods. In the film, titled “Chicago’s South Side,” Baer spends some time chronicling Hyde Park, which he calls a “bastion of idealism(…)

Ari Roth visits at KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Acclaimed playwright and producer Ari Roth comes to Hyde Park this month as KAM Isaiah Israel’s Weinstein scholar-in-residence. From Dec. 4-5, Roth will give lectures and readings at the temple, located at 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Recently, Roth’s work surrounding the topic of Israel has caused some controversy. Last(…)

Silver Room hosts 18th anniversary celebration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., has settled into Hyde Park quite nicely over the past year. The store, which spent 17 years in Wicker Park before moving south, has become a hub for Hyde Park’s bohemians. Comparing his first year in Hyde Park with the 17 he spent(…)

Closures in Hyde Park result from university threat

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following an online threat of a shooting at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that surfaced last night, some Hyde Park businesses and schools shut their doors today for safety concerns. U. of C. announced last night that all classes and campus activates would be cancelled on Monday due(…)

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus to perform at Parker’s

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) will stop at Parker’s, A Natural Dog & Cat Market, 1342 E. 55th St., to perform selections from its holiday show “Miracle on Thirty-Funk Street!” Parker’s store manager Michael Sheets, a member of the chorus along with assistant store manager(…)

Report states UIC student responsible for threats of gun violence

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Illinois at Chicago released a statement, Monday, Nov. 30, at around noon, which said that one of its students living off-campus had been arrested as part of the FBI investigation into threats made against students and staff at University of Chicago (U. of C.) No threats were(…)

Security threat shuts down U. of C. campus

Security threat shuts down U. of C. campus

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A threat of gun violence made by an anonymous Internet user prompted University of Chicago to cancel classes and increase security in the Hyde Park community Monday, Nov. 29. According to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer, FBI counterterrorism officials first informed the university of the threat on Sunday, Nov.(…)

Obama Foundation moves closer to home

Obama Foundation moves closer to home

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following yesterday’s announcement of the appointment of Michael Strautmanis as the new Vice President of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation, the foundation also announced its new location in Hyde Park. The Obama Foundation, which is currently located in the Loop at 300 E. Randolph St., will move to the(…)

Black Friday celebrations

Black Friday celebrations

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, Nov. 27 two businesses will celebrate their success in Hyde Park. Sir & Madame, 5225 S. Harper Ct., will have an official grand opening party for their new location in Harper Court, and Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., will celebrate three years of success in(…)

HPSD takes the stage for 13th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Once a year, the lights at the Mandel Hall dim, the curtains open and the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) entertains the audience with their spectacular performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The 13th annual performance promises a holiday show to wow the community, and this year is no exception. From Dec.(…)

A Hyde Park star is born

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most kids are learning multiplication and playing hide and seek, 8-year-old Grier Burke of Hyde Park is balancing school with her professional acting career. From Nov. 25 through Jan. 3, Burke will appear in the holiday production, “A Christmas Story”, directed by Nick Bowling at the Paramount Theatre in(…)

Diversity discussion at U. of C. Laboratory School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) opened up the conversation about diversity and the importance of understanding the role it plays in the educational space during a Diversity Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 16, at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave. “We need to engage in that conversation(…)

Q&A with Hyde Park Author

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Hyde Park resident Latoya Nicole Benson recently self-published her inspirational book “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Purpose: 21 Ways to Walk Boldly Into the Life You Were Created to Live.” She spoke to the Herald about her own experience of taking extraordinary steps to create the life she envisioned for herself as(…)

Makeover for 55th St.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and University of Chicago representatives gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to hear the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) plans for the future of 55th Street. The presentation was the third in a series of meetings aimed at(…)

Mitchell and Lu discuss paid leave bill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) talked about the pressing issue for paid leave for employees, Nov. 19, at a panel discussion with Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu. Lu and Mitchell discussed the importance of paid leave with a group of politicians, nonprofit organizations and employees at Honey Butter Fried Chicken(…)

Teachers question interview process for principal evaluation at Murray

By Summer Diab Intern Teachers at Murray Elementary School questioned the interview process for principal evaluation, Nov. 21, during the school’s annual state of the school address and local school council (LSC) meeting. Every four years the LSC has to vote on whether it wants to renew the contract of its current principal or search for(…)

Ray braces for funding cuts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ray Elementary School Principal Megan Thole spoke to a group of concerned parents, Nov. 19, in the school’s cafeteria about the possible financial implications of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuing budget woes. “There is a budget deficit and it is scary and it is real,” Thole said at the outset(…)

Small business Saturday shopping in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Black Friday, shoppers rush to the big chain and department stores offering discounts on TVs, clothing and electronics. On Small Business Saturday, shoppers are able to support their community businesses by shopping locally…and without the stampeding crowds. The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC), along with Bank of America and Downtown(…)

Trauma care activists meet at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of Trauma Care Coalition (TCC) activists currently banned from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus risked arrest last Wednesday, Nov. 18, when they held a teach-in in the basement of the university’s Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave. The activists in question were barred from the(…)

Rainbow PUSH hopes for peace

Rainbow PUSH hopes for peace

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Chicago holds its breath for the possibility of violent outbreaks when the video of how 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was killed is released this evening, the local Rainbow PUSH Coalition is hoping for a more peaceful scenario. Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St.,(…)