New store is going to the dogs

New store is going to the dogs

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In its third week of business, Hyde Park’s newest pet store, Sprocket and Stone, 1013 E. 53rd St., has gone to the dogs … in a good way. “Dogs walking by actually pull their owners towards the door,” said owner Sophie Phillips. “I think they must smell our bone selection(…)

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Controversy and confusion have surrounded Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., for some time about its future role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. A request for proposal (RFP) process was established last year, and CPS has remained quiet, for the most part, on the decision process. Members of the(…)

Raoul and Preckwinkle put youth justice in spotlight

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are setting their sights on juvenile justice reform. Two bills sponsored by Raoul passed the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 4. House Bill 3718 and Senate Bill 1560 will limit the number of young people committed to(…)

Interim principal at Kozminski has long track record

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., is welcoming a new principal this fall to take over the school. Bernadette Glover has been named the acting principal of Kozminski. Previously the assistant principal at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., Glover is anything but new to the education system(…)

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A boutique hotel may soon be coming to the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Hyde Park. At a meeting hosted by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Tuesday, July 28, developers from Smart Hotels LLC laid out preliminary plans for a 90-room hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has been frustrating beach goers lately due to the increasing lack of care for its facilities and features. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has been pushing for the Chicago Park District to make the interactive water feature at the beach more available(…)

Blossom house attracts worry

Blossom house attracts worry

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(…)

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) met last Thursday to discuss the proposed retention policy at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The council met to begin conversations on options for an updated retention policy at surrounding schools because of the current high retention rates, specifically among 3rd graders and minority(…)

Campus organization’s claims raise UCPD questions

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer In the current national climate surrounding campus police, the most remote events can have reverberations in Hyde Park. On July 19, an unarmed man was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop outside of campus confines. The officer has since pleaded not(…)

Aldermen probe allegations of backlogged rape kits; could impact local case

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Alds. Edward M. Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) have asked the City of Chicago Committee on Finance to examine a state laboratory’s backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving sexual assaults in Chicago. A Hyde Park resident said she has reached out to the aldermen to make plans to rally(…)

Hyde Parkers bash Metra app

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Metra is trying to modernize its paper ticket purchase system, but some Hyde Park organizations believe the company is going about it the wrong way. On July 22, Metra held a board meeting to defend its idea for a free ticket app, where riders would download tickets onto their smartphones(…)

Oral history project returns to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society invites the community to attend the Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program on Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., the goal of the event is to invite people to share their memories about faith(…)

BREAKING NEWS

The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department have shut down 51st Street between Ellis Avenue and Drexel Avenue due to a report of a suspicious package. The departments have been working together since about 11 a.m. searching the area for the reported package. Police and fire trucks have cut off the area to vehicle(…)

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Friday, July 24, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., for the release of his new memoir, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Hundreds of people hoping to procure a signed copy of the former president’s new book streamed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 22, community members, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and University of Chicago police and City of Chicago police officials convened at Renaissance Place, 5200 S. Ellis Ave., to address a recent shooting in the 5200 block of South Drexel Avenue. The shooting occurred on July 14, at approximately(…)

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(…)