Hyde Park Historical Society celebrates youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will celebrate students whose projects on the history of Hyde Park won awards at this year’s History Fair competitions Saturday at its annual History Fair program. Logan Young, a student at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, will receive the Hyde Park Historical Society’s(…)

Three proposals in play to resuscitate beleaguered South Side high school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the past several months, Charles Campbell, current principal of Dyett High School; The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, which includes members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Little Black Pearl, which currently operates a Chicago Public Schools contract school for students who are at risk of or already(…)

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most of the 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money was allocated to South Shore, according to a public document published online. The document contains a list of each ward’s 2014 menu money allocations as of March 11, 2015, according to a city official consulted by the Herald. Each year, every alderman(…)

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Passers by may have spotted Herman Cohn on any Thursday afternoon savoring his favorite dish, chicken pot pie, at Valois Restaurant, 1518 E. 53rd St. Joined on occasion by some of the city’s esteemed politicians, business people and, of course, our President, Herman Cohn has been a regular at this(…)

Midway Park advisory council officials elected

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After two failed attempts, a meeting held at Midway Plaisance, on Wednesday, May 27, saw the election of officials for a Midway Park Advisory Council (PAC). Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato was named president, Don McGruder was named vice president and Radiah Smith-Donald was assigned treasurer. Bylaws were discussed, voted on and submitted,(…)

LGBTQ exhibit at Regenstein Library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit shows the University of Chicago and Hyde Park have long been home to a sometimes visible, sometimes closeted LGBTQ community. Curated by U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Lauren Stokes and alum Monica Mercado, “Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles” takes place through June 12 in the Special Collections Research(…)

Chamber of commerce to host Hyde Park Brew Fest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is inviting Hyde Parkers to drink beer outdoors this weekend. The first-ever Hyde Park Brew Fest will take place Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, in the parking lot behind BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. A beer garden will be open from noon(…)

Chicago police warn of robberies on Harper Avenue

The Chicago Police Department report that two robberies have taken place on Harper Avenue in the past week. In these incidents, the offenders threatened the victims with violence and made off with personal belongings. The first incident occurred on May 23 in the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue at 10:24 p.m. The second incident(…)

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded the recent announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. On May 12, the same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a(…)

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte and Ray elementary schools will be graduating their first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years. After the phase-out of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., in 2013, both Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were designated as welcoming(…)

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Editor’s note: Among food enthusiast communities, Hyde Park offers unique dining experiences that deserve a spotlight. While communities throughout Chicago, like Pilsen and Wicker Park, have been lauded by food critics around the country, food reviewers have been slow to warm up to Hyde Park’s emerging food scene. In the Food for Thought Series, the Hyde(…)

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Louise McCurry, president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), is looking to involve artist Indira Johnson in an effort to revitalize the Iowa Building. The collaboration has not yet been officially announced for the storied site, located near the intersection of South Everett Avenue and 56th Street. Both Johnson(…)

Today and tomorrow, Cream Co.’s plants are for a song – or a poem

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago-based artist collective Cream Co. will give out 2,000 tomato seedlings and 1,000 flowers in exchange for poems this week. The exchange–which began today–will continue through tomorrow at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Participants are invited to read a poem in exchange for allium flowers and 14 varieties(…)

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation officially announced last week that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago. This past Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the(…)

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vue53 construction will be done by July of next year, according to developers. Plans for the building were presented at a 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council meeting last Monday at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Construction on Vue53 began earlier this month, after residents fought unsuccessfully for more than(…)

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based school for children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs is surveying parents to assess the need to add a second location on the North Side of Chicago. City Elementary Chicago, a K-3 school which opened in September inside of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)