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(…)

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After four years at Harold Washington Playlot Park (2010-2014), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., the South East Chicago Commission/Special Service Area of Hyde Park-sponsored (SECC/SSA) Farmers Market returned last summer to Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., where it had been originally. Since then, attendance has increased, according to SSA(…)

New fall fest brings Oktoberfest spirit to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is getting a new fall festival on Sept. 16 and 17 called “Brews, Brats and Brass-A Different Type of Oktoberfest.” The festival will be Hyde Park’s take on an Oktoberfest celebration, with fall crafted beers and ciders, sausage and bratwurst eats and live brass inspired bands taking over(…)

CPS hosts Back-to-School for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Jazz festival donates to Hyde Park Food Pantry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Food Pantry, located at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., received a generous donation from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. The annual weeklong Chi-Town Jazz Festival has been going on since 2010 and performs jazz concerts at various venues throughout the city. All proceeds from the(…)

Residents want Hyde Park/Indiana bus route restored

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Kenwood residents, senior citizens in Washington Park retirement homes, and interns at the Midwest academy met Monday, Aug. 1, at the Kennicott Park Field House, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., to discuss extension of the Bronzeville/Union Station (#1) bus route to 64th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The route ran(…)