Fountain Walker to address the community

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Sunday, Sept. 18, Fountain Walker, chief of the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will discuss the Universities policing strategies and the role he sees the UCPD playing in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood. In the last year, the UCPD significantly increased patrols and visibility on campus and in targeted areas(…)

Films on the lake

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Culture Services division of the French Embassy in conjunction with the Chicago Park District is hosting a screening of the award winning French film “The Class” at Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. on Friday, Sept. 16. The film follows Francois Marin, a French literature teacher at(…)

The Obama Foundation hosts community meet and greet

The Obama Foundation hosts community meet and greet

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Friday, Sept.16, during the final performance of the Jazz in the Courtyard series at Harper Court, new neighbors, The Obama Foundation, set up a welcome station to “introduce ourselves to our neighbors in the community,” said Michael Strautmanis, vice president of community relations. Consultants with the foundation had tables set(…)

University of Chicago breaks ground on new trauma care unit

University of Chicago breaks ground on new trauma care unit

By Meredith Ogilvie Staff Writer Thursday Sept. 15, the University of Chicago Medicine broke ground on a new and expanded emergency department that will not only offer Level 1 adult trauma care but bring economic growth back to the south side, according to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. “We’re grateful to the university not only for what(…)

Bret Harte LSC talks construction plans for Solstice

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting for Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the main topic of discussion was the construction plans for the upcoming Studio Gang-designed Solstice on the Park development. The 26-story building will sit next door to the school at 1634 E. 56th St.(…)

University of Chicago celebrates groundbreaking of new charter school building

University of Chicago celebrates groundbreaking of new charter school building

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer On Wednesday Sep.14, several groups and community leaders from the Hyde Park and Woodlawn area gathered together to celebrate the University of Chicago (U. of C.) groundbreaking ceremony for the building of its new facility, the U. of C. Charter School Woodlawn Campus (UCW), located at 6300 S. University Ave.(…)

4th Ward Alderman Candidate Forum

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Sept. 22, a 4th Ward Candidates Forum will take place at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., at 6 p.m. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file their nominating papers with the minimum amount of 473 signatures. The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman will(…)

Final Jazz in the Court performance

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final performance of this summer’s Jazz in the Courtyard and Jazz in the Court event will be on Friday, Sept. 16. Ray Silkman will close out the summer music performances at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper CT., from noon to 2 p.m. Silkman is known for his expert saxophone(…)

Rôti Modern Mediterranean coming to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Rôti Modern Mediterranean announced, Wednesday, Sept. 14, that it will soon open a location in Hyde Park. Rôti, 1526 E. 53rd St., is a Chicago-based, fast-casual restaurant with Mediterranean style food featuring customizable dishes like rice plates, wraps, pita sandwiches and salads. Side dishes include hummus or falafels. “We’re so(…)

University of Chicago professors advocate for safe spaces

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Several weeks after University of Chicago (U. of C.) Dean of Students John Ellison sent a letter to the incoming freshman class that denounced the creation of “intellectual safe spaces” and the use of trigger warning, a group of professors have advocated for students to have freedom to create such(…)

Hairston still civic-minded after attack

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), a well-known protestor was arrested Sept. 10, at 3:43 p.m. in the 1700 block of East 67th Street for one felony count of threatening a public official and one misdemeanor count of resisting/obstructing a police officer following an alleged confrontation over gun violence.(…)

“Respect Life” project created in Washington Park

“Respect Life” project created in Washington Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Driving through the winding trails of Washington Park it’s easy to see why it was once a contender for the Obama Presidential Center. But if you look closer you can see something else. There is disrepair, seldom used tennis courts and now a handful of what will be 25 reminders(…)

Anne Gulley chosen as new AP of Murray Elementary

Anne Gulley chosen as new AP of Murray Elementary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer There’s a new wildcat at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., with the addition of Anne Marie Gulley as the new assistant principal. Gulley brings with her eight years of experience in education, including early childhood teaching and an assistant principal role at Gallistel Language Academy on Chicago’s East(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years in Hyde Park

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years in Hyde Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer On Sunday, Sept. 11, Hyde Park residents came together on the south side of Nichols Park to celebrate 30 years of children’s stories during the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair. Celebrities Tigger and Curious George were on hand to mingle with families as they perused book vendors, Powell’s Books Chicago(…)

Montgomery Place grows greens with hydroponic gardening

Montgomery Place grows greens with hydroponic gardening

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Walk through the large Montgomery Place backyard garden, and among the green grass and vibrant flowers you’ll see two tall plastic towers, about the size of a pot but the height of a person. There is the gentle sound of flowing water softly humming from within the towers, and a(…)

Off-leash dog park still desired by Hyde Park residents

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Park District (CPD) website lists 23 dog friendly parks across the city, however, the majority of them can only be found around downtown and the north side leaving dog owners in Hyde Park with very few options. Every few years the topic of a dog park opening in(…)

Bixler playlot frequenters still dissatisfied with Chicago Park District

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer It has only been a little over two months since representatives from the Chicago Park District (CPD) attended the advisory council meeting with hat in hand apologizing for the abrupt nature in which the Chicago Plays initiative without any prior notice, fenced off Bixler and removed the existing, beloved play(…)

Practice makes perfect: tips for South Side Pie Challenge

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In just one week, it will officially be fall, which can only mean one thing: it’s pie time. The 5th Annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 5, but it’s never too early to practice baking the perfect pie. Benjamin Rogers, the general manager(…)

Annual Arts and Crafts show returns

The 11th Annual Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure will take place Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24 and 25 in the outdoor courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. Admission is free both days, and lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on(…)

OPC to hold court during jazz concert

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Michael Strautmanis, vice president for community relations, made the second of what will likely be dozens of meetings to engage with the community about the latest developments in the Obama Presidential Center project Monday, Sept. 12, at the monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting. “First of all I just(…)