Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Like many other Hyde Parkers, Carolyn Rhodes wanted to try Harper Court’s newest restaurant, Porkchop. But when she went, she couldn’t get in. “There’s no handicap door, no sign — not there. I waited,” said Rhodes, who uses a wheelchair. “I waited for someone, even from the outside to come(…)

U. of C. puts in Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago was one of a handful of organizations to submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library last week. The university emphasized its connections with area nonprofits, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, XS Tennis and the Boys & Girls Club. The university(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools. “I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery(…)

Pop-up boutique Sir and Madame to leave Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sir and Madame, 1420 E. 53rd St., will close this Sunday to make way for a new pop-up. The Ukranian Village-based retailer’s Hyde Park pop-up was slated to close in March, according to co-owner and neighborhood resident Autumn Merritt. Instead, it stayed open for nine months before announcing its closure(…)

Harvard School reunion this weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Harvard St. George private school is launching an all-school reunion this week. The event includes a multitude of activities that will take place between June 20 and 22. Highlights include an All-Star Reunion celebration of dinner, open bar, dancing, special presentations and a live performance by the Chi-Lites. The(…)

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The issue of race dominated discussions during the principal search this year at Ray Elementary School. While the local school council (LSC) and principal screening committee (PSC) both stand by the colorblind approach they used to select finalists, parents kept the issue of race in the forefront of the(…)

Locals rally to save Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a rally at the high school Thursday evening. The group also marched to the home of Ald. Will Burns (4th) in protest of his response to their plan for the school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) voted to phase out(…)

Program at Kozminski Elementary puts films into focus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The International Children’s Media Center recently hosted an interactive screening of short children’s films for parents and students who participated in the center’s My First Media program at Kozminski Elementary School. During the screening families saw 10 short films from eight countries. The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) is(…)

Teens unnerve some locals

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Due to a large gathering of teenagers, Chicago Police Department (CPD) and University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) were called to Harper Court over Memorial Day weekend. The incident took place around 1400 to 1500 E. 52nd St. on Saturday, May 24, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Though(…)

Burns to unveil plans for Canter

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is hosting a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the Little Theater to discuss the use of the Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., is officially closed as of June 30. Seventh and eighth graders from Kenwood Academy High(…)

Police alert Hyde Parkers about robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police recently issued a warning about robberies at the north end of Jackson Park. The robberies occurred in the vicinity of the south 5600 and 5700 blocks between Stony Island Avenue and Everett Drive in June. In the instances, three offenders approached victims, displayed a handgun and announced(…)

Ray Elementary Local School Council abandons task of picking new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary Local School Council did not choose a new principal Thursday at its final meeting of the school year. The group is leaving the process up to the incoming members of the council, said LSC chairman Gordon Mayer. The meeting, which took place in the lunchroom at(…)

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Once again this year, in celebration of July 4th, Hyde Parkers in the annual 4th on 53rd Parade will march from Hyde Park Bank to Nichols Park. “It’s just a wonderful thing to do on July 4th,” Stephanie Franklin, president of the Nichols Park Advisory Council and event chair,(…)

Slim chance of Currie contest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one step closer to running unopposed this fall. The Chicago GOP filed its final five of 13 candidates running in this year’s general election on June 2, a list that included no challenger for the 25th District. “We can’t slate anybody after this,”(…)

U. of C. starts on new dorm

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago broke ground on the site of the 800-bed dormitory that will replace Pierce Hall on Friday. The North Campus Dorm will be under construction until September 2016. The Studio Gang designed residence hall and dining commons will house primarily undergraduates. The three buildings will house a(…)

Novelty pizza shop closes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Homemade Pizza closed its doors suddenly at all of its locations on May 30, including its Hyde Park store at 1546 E. 55th St. The closing was one of more than 20 for Chicago-based Homemade Pizza, which began selling customers pre-made pies to cook at home in 1997. Though the(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council tackles middle school education

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council tackles middle school education

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul and Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writers Heather Patay, program director of the Math, Science and Technology for Quality Education program at Northeastern Illinois University, discussed the purpose and elements of a quality middle school education Wednesday evening at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. The council, which was born(…)

Art fair back

Art fair back

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 67th year with a lot of new additions to its two-day event. The 57th Street Art Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at 57th Street(…)

Quilters to learn from Africa

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Lakeside Quilting Guild is hosting a lecture and trunk show titled “Safari Through African Folklore Embroidery” next week at Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Fiber artist Catherine Redford will be a guest speaker at the event, which will include embroidered samples and interactive discussion on South(…)

Obama Library at Reese site?

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Michael Reese Hospital site is among the contenders as a location for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The Michael Reese site has 37 acres of wide-open land on the city’s lakefront. It has been vacant since the hospital closed in 2008. In 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley borrowed(…)