La Rabida fosters fashionistas

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This week marks the ninth year that a trendy North Side boutique will donate holiday dresses to teen and tween patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr. On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., volunteers from Frankie’s on the Park, 2322 N. Clark St.,(…)

Ald. Hairston responds to McCarthy firing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has responded to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s dismissal of Police Sup. Garry McCarthy with the demand for more reforms. In a statement released Tuesday, Hairston said, “We need to have a clearance sale in the police department and get rid of everyone who McCarthy brought with him.(…)

MSNBC correspondent to talk about race at the Co-Op

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Joy-Ann Reid from MSNBC will be at the Seminary Co-Op on Friday to discuss her book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide.” In her recently published book, Reid highlights the racial divide that has taken over news headlines, despite any progress that has been made over the(…)

Preckwinkle Holiday Party

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is inviting the Hyde Park-Kewood community to attend a holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., from 6 p.m. – 8:30p.m. In addition to joining the festivities at the party, guests are encouraged to bring a gift, toy(…)

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Last week, Chicago held its breath while awaiting the outcome of a released video depicting a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Van Dyke was charged with(…)

Artist collaboration project brings Bach music to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will get a musical treat this week on Thursday when ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform in a Bach Marathon. Thanks to a collaboration between famed musician, Yo-Yo Ma, local artist Theaster Gates, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the University of Chicago (U. of(…)

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(…)