Studs Turkel biographer to discuss work at 57th Street Books

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Author Alan Wieder will be visiting 57th Street Books on September 15 to discuss his biography about the famous Chicagoan broadcaster, “Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation.” Well known for being a storyteller, Studs Turkel was an acclaimed author, radio host, historian and supporter of civil rights. He knew(…)

Rap icon to discuss and sign new book

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History in conjunction with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores will present rap music legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, who will be there to discuss and sign copies of his new book “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide,” on Friday, Aug. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9(…)

Changes at local CPS schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tuesday, Sept. 6 is the first day of school for students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, and Hyde Park schools will have some changes for the start of the new academic year. Kozminski Uniforms Students at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 56th St., will be showing up to school in(…)

WHPK’s office number now used by U. of C. Medical Center

The University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) radio station WHPK has been shut down since Monday, Aug. 5 due to a bedbug outbreak. The phone in its studio rings continually with no voice message explaining why the station went dark and the number to the station’s main office is now the number of the U.(…)

Fashion walk in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A vibrant fashion show will fill the streets of Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 27. BLKLST, a Chicago-based clothing company that boasts bold prints, unique fabrics and “wearable art,” will premiere its Fall 2016 collection through this weekend’s Urban Decadence showcase. The fashion walk starts at 3 p.m. on 5200(…)

Rummage sale in Washington Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27, the Washington Park Residents Advocacy Council will hold its second annual rummage sale. The rummage sale will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The group will set up in the parking lot directly behind the Fieldhouse, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. According to council(…)

Children’s Book Fair approaching

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The 30th annual Children’s Book Fair will take place Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nichols Park, 355 E. 53rd St. The fair has grown over time and now serves as a showcase for local booksellers and different organizations serving the community. Some vendors this year include(…)

Restoring Hyde Park’s history through building renovations

Restoring Hyde Park’s history through building renovations

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park neighborhood is over 160 years old, so it’s no surprise that some of its buildings are a century old or more as well. With older buildings, however, come much needed restorations and renovations, and that’s where Tom Fortune comes in. Fortune, one of the co-founders of Fortune(…)

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has been written about in countless novels, filmed for television and movies scenes and painted on professional canvasses. Now, to add to that list of neighborhood dedication, there is a 42-foot long poem written about Hyde Park. The Indie City Writers group set out to write the longest(…)

Washington Park Vet center on the verge of a comeback

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Remake The World Vet Center (RTW) located directly across from Washington Park was in danger of shuttering for good in the wake of a disastrous surprise walk through by Chicago’s Department of Buildings. That was in April 2015 but what difference a year and a half can make. John Worthy(…)

Dyett hunger strikers celebrate school victory

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

WPAC foresee benefits from Presidential Center

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Earlier this month the Obama Foundation announced that Jackson Park will have the honor of housing the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). While some community members might see the decision to choose Jackson Park over Washington Park as a slight, don’t tell that to the Washington Park Advisory Council. The clear(…)