Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Darryl McDaniels, one third of the groundbreaking hip hop group “Run-D.M.C., appeared Friday night, Aug. 26, at the DuSable Museum of African American History to discuss his latest autobiography “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide.” Run-DMC came into fruition as a band in 1981 in Hollis, Queens, New York with(…)

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Small businesses are what makes Hyde Park the unique neighborhood it is, but more and more, these independently owned businesses are struggling. So far in 2016, six of the nine storefronts that have closed were run by small business owners. Many have said it’s a struggle to compete with the(…)

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council voted last night to support Michael Binstein, owner of Binny’s Beverage Depot, as he moves forward with plans to relocate the store at 1531 E. 53rd St., which is an “Express” location, to the vacant storefront next to Ross Dress For Less at(…)

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Montgomery Place celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staff and resident party on Sept. 1. Staff and residents mingled while eating buffet-style lunch, enjoying entertainment from a balloon artist and magician, and played a team game of beanbag toss. “It’s a celebration of years and years of providing services, a(…)

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4 . The drive will culminate with a massive block party with food and games on 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings,(…)

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

HashtagLunchbag volunteers share lunch making experience

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27 was not only the last Saturday of the month, it was also the standing date of the monthly charity event #HashtagLunchbag held at The Promontory. What started in 2012 as a way for a group of friends to give back around the holiday season has grown into(…)

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

Garden Fair to be held at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It may be the end of summer, but it is not quite the end of planting season, and the annual Fall Hyde Park Garden Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, is one of the last chances to get flower bulbs before the first fall frost. Plants available at the annual fair(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Children’s Book Fair will celebrate 30 years in Hyde Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. Rebecca Janowitz created the Children’s Book Fair in 1986. She said the story of its inception is, “Very Hyde Park.” “There was a leasing dispute over O’Gara’s Bookstore on 57th Street so Hyde Parkers(…)

Robin Kelly hosts symposium on “Defining the Black Female Experience”

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-2), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, hosted a symposium in Hyde Park called “Defining the Black Female Experience” in conjunction with the University of Chicago’s Center for Race, Politics and Culture, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Office(…)

Chicago Onscreen announces selected films

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern On Aug. 19, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly announced the film selections for the Chicago Onscreen showcase. The 13 films chosen will be shown in nine parks around Chicago from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, including Midway Plaisance Park. “Chicago Onscreen is(…)

Beyond a Mammogram hosts walk for breast cancer

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Beyond a Mammogram is hosting its annual walk/run to raise awareness for breast cancer research on Sept. 24. All proceeds made will go towards Dr. Olunfumilayo Olopade’s breast cancer research at the University of Chicago. Beyond a Mammogram’s mission is to increase awareness of the risks of breast cancer, and(…)

Array of Things installs environmental data collecting nodes

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Last week, the University of Chicago project, Array of Things, installed its first nodes to measure environmental data in a number of neighborhoods around Chicago. 50 will be installed through September, to a total of 500 throughout the city by the end of 2018. In partnership with the U. of(…)

HPKCC collects used books for annual book sale

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) has started collecting books for the upcoming Hyde Park Used Book Sale, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 11. This will be the 10th anniversary of the book sale. Book donations can be made at the bottom of the stairs at Treasure Island Foods, 1526(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosts preschool fair

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is co-hosting the 2016 South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair this month in partnership with the Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago. The event will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Sept.(…)

Multiple burglaries cause community concern

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Monday, Aug. 15 is a date Carol Walls will never forget. It was the day she returned from work to find someone had entered her home, riffled through her belongings and left with not only her valuables but also her sense of safety. “They walked right in, past security, came(…)

Singer-songwriter playing series at Hyde Park Farmer’s Market

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Ethan Sellers, a multi-faceted musician and Hyde Park music teacher, is playing acoustic guitar and vocal sets at the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market on the mornings of Sept. 8 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1(…)

Hyde Park seniors find niche in Encore Chorale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s Encore Chorale is approaching its third session starting Sept. 14, and its success speaks—or sings—volumes in the positive experiences of the chorale singers. Cindy Pardo has been singing for years, taking voice lessons and is an active member in the choir at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn(…)

Dyett reopens as an arts-focused high school

Dyett reopens as an arts-focused high school

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Today marked the first day back to school for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the grand opening of the newly refurbished Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts (Dyett). CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson joined new principal Beulah McLoyd and Dyett hunger striker(…)

Bookstores oppose Amazon Books coming to Chicago

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Independent bookstores across Chicago, including 57th Street Books and the Seminary Co-Op, are banding together against Amazon Books. After the newest location of the physical Amazon store was confirmed for the Lakeview neighborhood two weeks ago, seventeen bookstores released an official statement listing the pros to having locally owned stores(…)

MSI offers Illinois residents free museum entry

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Illinois residents can visit the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) for free, from Sept. 6 to 30. Current exhibits at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., include a 20-foot Tesla Coil that strikes lightning overhead, a human-sized hamster wheel, a mirror maze, a German submarine that was captured during(…)