Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group rallied against the privatization of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) outside of Ald. Will Burns (4th) office this morning in response to the recent charter school moratorium. On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) called for a halt on charter school expansion. 42 out of 50 aldermen from across(…)

Chicago Academy of Music holds benefit concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park’s new music conservatory, Chicago Academy of Music (CAM), 5655 S. University Ave., is tapping its instructors for a benefit concert that will take place Nov. 7. The full event, which will include a reception, musical performance, fashion show and dance party, is titled “Elevation” and will take place(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar took place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold benefited mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. “Despite all of what is happening in(…)

Hyde Park store reports customer fraud

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Katherine Pottenger, owner of Parker’s: A Natural Dog & Cat Market, 1342 E. 55th St., has reported that three incidents of customer attempted fraud have occurred at her store within the past week. According to Pottenger, in each of the three instances a customer attempted to make a purchase with(…)

Great Frame Up names Nov. Artist of the Month

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park photographer Carol High Johnson has been selected as November’s Artist of the Month at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. Johnson places photos of her wanderings around the University of Chicago campus on display in an exhibit titled “U Chicago Campus Meanderings.” The exhibit will run(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar will take place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold will benefit mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. Items from the organization Sama(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As Frank Lloyd Wright was pioneering American architecture in the early 20th century, Jens Jensen was trailblazing the future of landscape design. On Nov. 12 in Hyde Park, Chicago Park District Historian and Preservationist Julia Bachrach will explore the relationship between Wright, his contemporaries and Jensen in a presentation titled(…)

Early Halloween festivities in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Halloween is kicking off early this year with two weekend events to get you in the spirit to scare. On Saturday, the 61st Street Farmer’s Market, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., will have pumpkin carving from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers can purchase a locally grown pumpkin at the market,(…)

Location Change for boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., 2nd floor,west lounge. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Pie time on the South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Prepare your ovens, and your taste buds, for the 4th Annual South Side Pie Challenge scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7. Since 2012, amateur bakers from college professors to grandparents and even children have competed for the title of “Best Pie on the South Side.” Kate Agarwal, the Co-Founder of the(…)

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer It was homecoming Night for the Kenwood Broncos (6-2, 6-0), as they would host conference rivals Washington High, in a Friday night melee featuring All-City senior QB Di Juan McCullom and the high power Broncos offense. “The first half was tough with it being homecoming.” said Broncos head coach Jack(…)

Man shot near U. of C. facilities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 35-year-old man was shot near University of Chicago facilities Saturday night. Police said that the incident took place in the 6100 block of S. Ellis Ave., only a step away from the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. The victim was reportedly sitting in a parked(…)

St. Thomas festival a success

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern St. Thomas the Apostle School held a wines and steins harvest festival to raise money for the school on Saturday night in Hyde Park. Representatives of St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., said they were very excited about the happening, since it was their first time having a wine and(…)

Mentoring group tips hat to Chicago Child Care Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Helping both parents and children for over 50 years in Hyde Park, the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) has been recognized by the Illinois Mentoring Partnership for its Next Step program in receiving a Gold Star designation. CCCS, located at 5467 S. University Ave., is one of six establishments in(…)

Activist fights for Scammon Garden

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Peter Zelchenko, a community activist and University of Chicago Lab School parent, has initiated an effort to protect the name and accessibility of a section of the Lab School campus. Following the recent completion of Lab School’s Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Zelchenko created an online petition calling on university president(…)

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is mostly known for its historical architecture, the famous Columbian Exposition in 1893 and of course, the home of President Barack åObama, resident Greg Fairbanks is showing a more secretive, dark side to the Chicago neighborhood. For the second year, Fairbanks is hosting a Haunted Hyde Park(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a(…)

DuSable screens Halloween movies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host an Oct. 31 event, entitled “Don’t Be Scurred,” in which four scary movies with mostly Black casts and Black leading actors will be screened in the museum’s theater, 740 E. 56th Pl. In addition to the films, activities include “creepy crafts”(…)

Scholarship the focus of HPNC’s annual fundraiser

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will unveil its new scholarship fund for youth attending the club’s afterschool programs during its 106th Anniversary Gala next month. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is inviting the community to help celebrate its 106th year from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6(…)

Local innovations featured during Chicago Ideas Week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Innovative structures in Hyde Park and nearby South Side neighborhoods were featured during the 5th Annual Chicago Ideas Week. Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) partners with innovative businesses and venues to get ideas rolling across the city. Each year 156 events are scheduled across the city including workshops, discussions, parties and(…)