New play group for kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents have a new option for having fun with their kids. Last weekend, Chicago Playpen opened its doors as an environment where children from 6 months to 8-years-old can learn through play. “We specialize in sneaky education,” owner, Anika McNeill said. “A lot of times when kids are(…)

Bulls player chips in

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nazr Mohammed, Chicago Bulls player and Kenwood Academy High School alumnus, will host the Nazr Foundation’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser for charity at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Pazzo’s, 311 S. Wacker Dr. The event will feature an open bar, raffle, music and dancing. Mohammed, who recently returned(…)

Urban Renewal recalled

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers past and present are invited to share their memories of Urban Renewal with each other. The fifth annual Hyde Park Stories program will focus on the events and lasting impressions that urban renewal left on Hyde Park. The University of Chicago led the local initiative of the nation-wide(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists. The wall, along with the Mobil gas station and car wash, 1330 E. 53rd St., will be demolished later this summer to make way for a 13-story(…)

Interim at Ray resigns old post

Interim at Ray resigns old post

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s Interim Principal Antonia “Toni” Hill resigned from her position as principal of Pershing East Elementary School. Pershing East was consolidated with Pershing West Elementary School and its local school council is searching for a new principal to lead its expanded pre-k through 8th grade curriculum. Hill(…)

Herald adds blog to online offerings

Herald adds blog to online offerings

The Hyde Park Herald has once again expanded its online offerings, adding a blog to its website, HeraldBlog. The focus of HeraldBlog is to increase opportunities for interactive participation by readers, according to Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan J. Walker. “We are embracing the trend of readers becoming contributors through HeraldBlog,” Walker said.(…)

Bikes beat cars at Medici

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s about to get much easier to ride your bike to Medici on 57th — and the surrounding business corridor — but it will also get slightly more difficult to drive there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have plans to install 25 bike parking corrals(…)

Celebrate Hyde Park returns July 20 and 21

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers are getting ready to participate in the fourth annual Celebrate Hyde Park, the neighborhood’s biggest street festival. The annual street fest will take place on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. This year’s street fest will feature The Family Stone and Funkadesi as headliners. The Family Stone(…)