The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)

“Under City Stone” mural restoration

“Under City Stone” mural restoration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An artist has returned to Hyde Park to restore the mural that started her career. Caryl Yasko completed the mural at Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street in 1972. Known as “Under City Stone,” the viaduct mural is being repainted in an effort to preserve a piece of Hyde Park’s(…)

Local sculptor takes aim at violence

Local sculptor takes aim at violence

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park sculptor Garland Martin Taylor is traveling the United States with his latest project, a 380 lb. metal revolver, in the back of his truck. Taylor hopes that the sculpture, entitled “Conversation Piece,” will encourage onlookers to explore the root causes of gun violence. Taylor makes clear that “Conversation(…)

Hollywood takes over Hyde Park streets

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hollywood came to Hyde Park on Friday to film a scene of “Southside With You,” a movie about President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s first date. Ald. Will Burns (4th) notified residents and businesses on 53rd Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Kimbark Avenue, and all of Kimbark Avenue between Hyde(…)

Police critics take to street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization encouraging accountability and equitable policing practices in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), is canvassing through Hyde Park in the hopes of furthering its relationship with the community. The CEP was formed in 2013 after students from Dyett and Kenwood(…)

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The art of storytelling has long been passed down within African culture as a means to share rich oral history. Later, storytelling passed onto Blacks in America, who utilized the oral traditions to transcend the harsh conditions of slavery and give voice to the struggles and triumphs they faced on(…)

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Local pastor and hip-hop artist Julian DeShazier, also known by his stage-name ‘J.Kwest,’ recently won an Emmy for his role in a short film commemorating the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holliday song “Strange Fruit.” In late June, DeShazier was one of a team of filmmakers that received an(…)

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Monday evening’s storm brought an abrupt halt to the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s annual potluck picnic, but not before the community had a chance to come together, socialize and celebrate the progress that has been made in the last year towards restoring parks and recreational spaces throughout Hyde Park and(…)

CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)

Dyett group squares off against local politicians

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Bronzeville community organization is pitting itself against Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Ald. Will Burns (4th) in an effort to bring an open enrollment, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)-operated high school into the neighborhood. Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School along with Bronzeville residents and CPS teachers gathered(…)

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),(…)