Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

By Alexis Miller Staff Writer The downtown crowds and humidity didn’t stop Hyde Park resident Rachel Keller from enjoying this year’s Taste of Chicago at Grant Park. Keller has been consistently coming to the Taste since she was in high school at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “I always loved the fact that I(…)

Local barista makes music his business

Local barista makes music his business

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer At the heart of Hyde Park there is an enterprising beat that resonates through many of the residents and those people drawn to the community. Fred Freeman, known as Oplus in the music industry, is one of those Hyde Parkers, who views the world from an entrepreneurial lens. Although you(…)

Ald. Burns, Pfleger speak on “Chiraq”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Rev. Michael Pfleger were featured in a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, July 9, that addressed the controversial title of Spike Lee’s latest film, “Chiraq.” Burns has been outspoken against the movie’s title for some time. He has gone so(…)

Focus Desk helps special learners

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Nancy Dellamore, once a Hyde Park Day School parent, is pioneering a new classroom desk that adapts to students’ learning styles. The Focus Desk, an easily-adjustable workstation, is a product of Marvel Group Inc., a Chicago-based furniture company that Dellamore and her husband co-own. For more than a decade, Dellamore(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie presents temporary budget for state

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to fund critical services and state workers’ salaries until August. The House passed the $2.3 billion temporary budget on a 71-19 vote. The fiscal year began July 1 with no comprehensive, annual budget in place. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers lined the sidewalks of 53rd Street just east of Lake Park Avenue Saturday morning to participate in the neighborhood’s annual Independence Day parade and picnic celebration, 4th on 53rd St. Dignitaries in the parade, which featured Joan Steggman as the Grand Marshal, included state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13),(…)

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic brings thousands to Jackson Park

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic brings thousands to Jackson Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Thousands of Chicagoans gathered in Jackson Park on the 4th of July to eat, drink and listen to Chicago house music from some of the most acclaimed DJs and performers in the country. Now in its 25th year, the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, which was started by a(…)

Chicago Free School relocates to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation

Chicago Free School relocates to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Free School seems to have found a stable home, at last, in the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The private, democratically run school, which serves grades preK-8th, operated out of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club for the 2014-2015 school year. Chicago Free School, now entering(…)

Beer and wine coming soon to Open Produce

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cheers — Hyde Parkers will soon be able to purchase beer and wine at Open Produce. Steven Lucy, the store’s founder and owner, expects that the first round of alcoholic beverages will be on sale within the next two weeks. Lucy has been pursuing a license to sell beer and(…)

Mothers march against gun violence in Hyde Park’s Independence Day parade

By Emma Herman Herald Intern On Saturday, members of the group Illinois Mothers Demand Action Against Gun Violence marched in Hyde Park’s 4th on 53rd Fourth of July parade, as well as in neighborhood parades across the state. Local members carried a banner with the hashtag #RisingforCharleston and signs with the group’s logo in order(…)

Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center relocates to Canter building

Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center relocates to Canter building

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center, a selective enrollment middle school, is making final preparations to move into the vacant building that once housed Canter Middle School. In a June 23 presentation to the community, Harrison Stale, project director consultant to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and Gregory Jones, principal of(…)

4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park this Saturday

4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park this Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Independence Day, the 4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park, continuing a tradition that has brought all corners of the community together for 24 years. Well over 1,000 spectators and participants are expected to turn out for the parade, which will feature appearances by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th),(…)

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The global sounds of Afrobeat came alive in Hyde Park at the Promontory music venue last week, as Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 put a musical spell on the crowd last Tuesday. Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the world renowned Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti. Fela became an international(…)

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers don’t have to travel too far from their backyards for a food adventure, thanks to A10. Chef Josef Giacomino is executing a compelling menu filled with Italian and French inspired dishes. Named for the highway that connects Nice, France to Liguria, Italy, A10 has been establishing itself as(…)

Crime near University of Chicago brings residents’ safety into question

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent violent crime in the 5300 block of South Cottage Grove has left one resident questioning the security of her neighborhood. Chantelle Allen, a parent and health insurance saleswoman, lives one block away from University of Chicago Medical center facilities and less than half a mile from the university(…)

City Hyde Park moving on up

City Hyde Park moving on up

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Real estate development in Hyde Park is seeing growth that is dramatically reshaping the neighborhood. City Hyde Park, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is one of these new additions to the community. According to director of community development for Mac Properties Peter Cassel, City Hyde Park is currently scheduled for the(…)

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Spotlighting businesses that are making a difference in the community, Become organization, a non-profit based here in Hyde Park, is “Helping communities amplify their resources for a socially just world,” according to its founder, Dr. Dominica McBride. McBride, a Hyde Park resident, said Become sets out to create empowerment throughout(…)

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staf Writer Parents and community members gathered Wednesday evening, June 17, to discuss the fate of Walter H. Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. Three proposals vying for control over the future of the Dyett High School building were presented to the public. Representatives from the offices of Ald. Will Burns(…)

University of Chicago students learn about consulting

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Teaching graduate and postdoctoral students the ‘ins and outs’ of the competitive field of consulting, UChicago Grad, which is a career resource to all grad students, offered a week-long consulting intensive summer camp last week. More than 100 students attended this session, which consisted of a day introducing the consulting(…)

Kwame Raoul pushes SB 1304 through Illinois General Assembly

By SAM RAPPAORT Staff Writer On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill aimed at improving the relations between police officers and the communities they serve. The law enforcement reform package, Senate Bill 1304, will have a major impact on the operations of Chicago police departments. Hyde Park politicians were instrumental in moving(…)