Chicago Urban League celebrates 100 years with summer cookout

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Urban League will celebrate its centennial with a community cookout in Washington Park on Saturday, July 23. The event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m., will offer free hotdogs, hamburgers and door-prizes. There will also be activities for children, a seniors lounge and music. The Chicago Urban(…)

Police alert community to Kenwood burglaries

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police sent out a community alert on Thursday, July 14, regarding a series of burglaries that have taken place in Kenwood in June and July. In each of the instances, police said offenders gained entry into a garage or a residence and took property from therein. The dates and(…)

Mexican sandwich restaurant to replace Packed

Mexican sandwich restaurant to replace Packed

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Cemitas Puebla, a family-owned Mexican sandwich restaurant, will move into the former location of Packed, 1321 E. 57th St., the dumpling shop that closed in May, according to the local food website Chicago Eater. Owner Tony Anteliz told the Eater that while he has not set a specific opening date,(…)

Artist hosts weekend pop-up

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local artist Joel Maxime Jr., also known as “Crave”, is hosting a collaborative event by bringing together designers and artists for a one-day pop-up shop this Saturday, July 16. Maxime’s “Hair-a-tage” series still lives on the side City Hyde Park development, 5105 S. Harper Ave., but he wants to showcase(…)

57th Street Books to host discussion with literary agent

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., will host an “Ask the Agent” fest on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. The agent, Lori Kilkelly from Rodeen Literary Management, will answer pre-selected questions about publishing, particularly in children’s literature, sent in by members of the audience before the event. The(…)

NPR storytelling show plants its feet in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Moth Radio Hour, a National Public Radio storytelling program, has extended its wings into Hyde Park. Tuesday marked the inaugural night of a monthly residency for The Moth at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. The Promontory will continue to host the storytelling event every second Tuesday of(…)

Police alert community to July robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police are warning community residents of two similar robbery incidents that occurred recently. Police said that in each of the instances, two Black males, 25-28 years of age, each weighing approximately 210 lbs., approach a victim on the street, place a sharp object in the victim’s back and seize(…)

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Class of 1911 University of Chicago graduate Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977), traveler, artist and author, now has his own exhibit in the University of Chicago’s U. of C. Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Library. The exhibit opened Friday, June 24, in the library at 1100 E. 57th St. The exhibit, “Cyrus(…)

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Hyde Park residents, city officials and family of John W. Rogers Sr. gathered at Stony Island Avenue and 57th Street on the morning of July 5 to dedicate an honorary street sign to the late Judge. Several city officials and family members gave tributes to Rogers, including Cook County Board(…)

HP Community Players perform outdoors for “The Tempest”

HP Community Players perform outdoors for “The Tempest”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are bringing the experience of a Shakespearean play to the outdoors in their abridged rendition of “The Tempest.” This past performance year has been a period of experimentation for the Players, what with their first musical production, performing two different plays during the same weekend(…)

Local Vet Center faces closure

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Washington Park’s Remake The World (RTW) Vet Center has until October to remedy a number of building code violations or else it faces closure by the city. Founded in 2010 by the husband-wife duo of Arnetha Gholston-Habeel and Daniel “Doc” Habeel, RTW Vet Center, 5536 S. King Dr., has developed(…)

Family wins $53 million malpractice trial against UCMC

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A Cook County jury awarded $53 million to a 12-year old boy and his mother, Thursday, June 30, as a result of their 2013 lawsuit against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). This is the largest medical malpractice suit in Cook County history, according to prosecuting attorney Geoffrey Fieger.(…)

Locals revive the Blue Gargoyle

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In 2009, The Blue Gargoyle closed its doors after serving South Side residents for over four decades with youth activities, youth and adult education programs and social services. Now, seven years later, the Blue Gargoyle is coming back to provide community needs once again. The nonprofit organization originally closed due(…)

DuSable hosts 42nd annual Arts and Crafts Festival

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Last weekend, July 9 and 10, the DuSable Museum of African-American History held its 42nd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in Washington Park. The festival ran from noon to 10 p.m. both days, with free admission. The festival was lively with people constantly coming and going around the dozens of(…)

Compost transport service celebrates first year in Hyde Park – Kenwood

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Healthy Soil Compost (HSC), a Chicago organization that transports neighborhood compost materials to earthworm farms and other agriculture coalitions, celebrated its first year of service on July 1. The organization has had Hyde Park residential participants since the beginning of its development and in the past few months hired more(…)

Harper Court flower store closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The floral design store, Nancy Krause, 5229 S. Harper Ct., closed its doors for good on Tuesday, July 5, after being in the Hyde Park neighborhood for two years. Krause said that despite loyal clientele, the store wasn’t generating as much business as her Lincoln Park store located at 1101(…)

Bixler Playlot Advisory Council officially formed

Bixler Playlot Advisory Council officially formed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 16 people, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), attended a meeting to elect officers for the Bixler Playlot Advisory Council, Monday, July 11, in the Midway Plaisance field house, 1130 Midway Plaisance. Mila Jameson was elected president, Kian Bergtrom was elected vice president, Lawrence Rocke was elected secretary and Kate(…)

Hyde Park wine shop to be discussed at Thursday’s 5th ward community meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A community meeting this Thursday will address a Hyde Park resident’s proposal to open a small wine shop on 57th Street. Steven Lucy, owner of Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., is the man behind the proposal. He plans on setting up shop in a storefront at 1448 E. 57th(…)

Workday at Amanda’s Garden

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Volunteers are needed for a workday at Amanda’s Garden this Friday, July 15. The garden, located on the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, is dedicated to Amanda Carter. Carter was a second grade student at Ray Elementary School when she was killed by a drunk driver 26 years(…)