Conscious Plates, Latrell Garnett's alkaline vegan restaurant that opened in Boxville in 2019, plans to open in Woodlawn in April, thanks in large part to a $178,336 Chicago Recovery Plan grant he got from the city's Department of Planning and Development.
Charlie McKenna's menu has Southern favorites
The state's "Back to Business" (B2B) program has distributed $111 million in relief grants out of money received from the American Rescue Plan President Joe Biden signed into law last March, and Hyde Park businesses have received at least $400,000 in support.
Independent convenience stores see their wholesale prices rise and raise prices in turn
After 30 years in business along 55th Street, Divine Creators Beauty Salon closed its doors on Dec. 31.
Named after the lotus flower, a symbol of spiritual enlightenment and rebirth, Blue Lotus Yoga is a community-based yoga studio whose mission is to promote health, wellness, and community in a warm, trauma-informed, and stress-free environment.
Valois, the famous "See Your Food" cafeteria on 53rd Street, celebrated 100 years of business in 2021. The Herald sent photographer Marc Monaghan to capture the mood at the restaurant on the morning of Dec. 24, as the centennial year came to a close.
Suuri Design, a jewelry and lifestyle shop owned by mother-daughter duo Linda Cochran and Ashley Smith, set up shop this past November in Harper Court.
After surviving the pandemic recession that forced a number of other Hyde Park businesses to close, two independent retailers had good Black Fridays and Small Business Saturdays this year.
SECC South Side Shop Local running through Dec. 6
Powell’s Books will be open for business on Saturday, Nov. 27, after being closed since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The used bookstore, 1501 E. 57th St., is returning with shortened hours, though managing co-owner Brad Jonas said he has hopes of phasing back the late hours the sh…
Athleisure chain Lululemon celebrated the grand opening of its first South Side location on Friday, Nov. 12. The store, located at 1451 E. 53rd St., sells athletic wear inspired by yoga and offers fitness classes.
Staffing issues cause temporary closure, expected reopening Monday
Michael McGarry, formerly of the Hyde Park Bank and longtime head of Montgomery Place's board of directors, has been named the continuing care retirement community's new president and CEO as of Monday, succeeding Deborah E. Hart.
The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrated its grand opening ceremony at its new ground floor location in the Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St. The new facility will serve as a welcome center where people can access information about local business in Hyde Park.
Growing up in Rockford, Leah Lambert often traveled to Hyde Park in the summer to visit her aunt.
Indian and Filipino cuisine is now on the weekday menu at the Currency Exchange Cafe, artist Theaster Gates' space on the University of Chicago Arts Block, 305 E. Garfield Blvd., and on Thursday evenings, there is music and craft cocktails to boot.
When Ginger Mance was a law student at Loyola University more than 30 years ago, she worked in Cook County Public Defender Randolph Stone’s public affairs office. One night, Stone attended a poetry reading by Mance.
'What I am is a person who has built his whole career on listening and understanding the stories that people have to tell'
Love and Light Cafe is one of the newest Black-owned businesses to open its doors in Hyde Park. Located at 1429 East Hyde Park Boulevard, the new cafe is less than a block from Kiley Russell’s other new venture — Kemit Academy, a daycare that opened this past summer.
Delays, shortages — and rising prices
This weekend, Frontline Books and Crafts will hold a Customer Appreciation Day as part of its ongoing bid to stay in business. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, and will feature guest speakers, performances, giveaways, and more.
Arts and Public Life (APL), the University of Chicago’s neighborhood arts programming department centered in Washington Park, celebrated its 10-year anniversary this past weekend with a “Back on the Block” community event on Oct. 9. The event took place on the 300 east block of Garfield Boul…
Hyde Park’s past and present connected over the weekend in the name of business when, on Sunday, Oct. 3, The Allure Chicago hosted Beverly Hill. Hill currently runs her own handmade gemstone jewelry business, Queen B, which she started more than two decades ago. But even earlier, Hill says, …
A South Side vegan restaurant is opening a new location at Woodlawn Station, the mixed-use housing development at the corner of 63rd Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue.
Frontline Books and Crafts, the Rastafari and Pan-African shop just off 53rd Street that has been a longtime community space and a persistent advocate for local Chicago authors, is in danger of closing its doors if the business cannot raise tens of thousands of dollars in the near future.
Opening a restaurant during a pandemic is very risky, but BarDavid on the ground floor of the David Rubenstein Forum benefits from an appealing concept and the University of Chicago's resources.
The Study at University of Chicago, a new hotel on the south end of the Midway Plaisance, will hold a soft opening on Sept. 16 while it continues to seek support from the community for a liquor license.
After more than forty years in south suburban Country Club Hills, sandwich shop Unbeatable Eatables is opening a Hyde Park location on Sept. 1.
"We have smaller class ratios, teacher-to-student ratios. We also have certified staff as well, which doesn't happen a lot of times in daycare centers."
“It has been nothing short of amazing,” said Bark and Bubbles Doggy Day Spa’s owner and founder Dajuana Young as she greeted clients, family and friends arriving for the business’s first anniversary party at its 1433 East Hyde Park Boulevard storefront on August 1.
The Velvet Collection in East Hyde Park is open by appointment only
Maurinise Lee has always wanted to open her own restaurant in Hyde Park.
The two new dishes will be waakye, a blend of red peas and jasmine rice with coconut oil and millet leaves, and marinated chicken yassa with caramelized onions.
3-course vegetarian and non-vegetarian dinner menus available
SPRINGFIELD — More than a year after new marijuana dispensary licenses were scheduled to be distributed per the state’s 2019 adult-use legalization law, the governor’s office announced the initial lottery and two new ones will happen by the end of August.
'I don't know how we were going to be able to do it without the help'
58-unit development is 1st under Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance
After closing because of the second COVID-19 wave last fall, Retreat at the Currency Exchange Cafe in Washington Park, 305 E. Garfield Blvd., has reopened with a continuing focus on serving South Side creatives.
Samantha Turner is an artist who creates hand-painted works that pay homage to the city of Chicago under the handle S.Rose Chicago. Her works almost exclusively feature graphic caps that have sayings such as “Chicago Bae” or “Excuse the Chicago in Me” fashionably. Over the weekend S. Rose wa…
“We will serve totally authentic Mexican food, no Tex-Mex, no imitations.”
The University of Chicago will host a “Hyde Park is Hiring” event on Tuesday, June 29 at 5235 S. Harper Court from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The last Hyde Park Farmers Market of 2019 was overshadowed by a rare Chicago Halloween snow shower. The 2020 markets were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But in 2021, the markets are back, taking place behind the Hyde Park Bank Building instead of in Harper Court, with the fir…
After taking 2020 off, the Hyde Park Farmers Market will resume for the season on Sunday, June 13, running through Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chicago's third Small Cheval, a fast casual hamburger restaurant with fries, milkshakes, beer and cocktails, is planned for 53rd Street, potentially this year.
As the 61st Street Farmers Market came to life Saturday morning, friends greeted each other, vaccination anecdotes were exchanged, and people hugged. It was Hyde Park’s first outdoor farmers market of the year.
It will be a situation of agony and ecstasy for local calorie-counters, as Sweetgreen, a national salads-as-you-order-them chain, and Chicago outfit Stan’s Donuts are set to open their first South Side locations, both company-owned, along the 53rd Street business corridor.
Months delayed by the pandemic, two friends at the mid-stage of their careers, Crystal Pinkston and Sharon Calhoun Norman, have opened a YogaSix studio in East Hyde Park, 1618 E. 53rd St., offering the neighborhood a new boutique fitness option.
The covers of Mike Phillips’ basement book stock feature screaming skulls, robot skeletons, murderous snakes, space cavemen, and mad scientists. They are gaudy, loud and scary but, at the same time, polished, absorbing and beautiful. And they are all for sale, through Phillips’ home-grown, H…
Two entrepreneurs in Hyde Park say a new ordinance moderating regulations on home businesses in Chicago will improve the ones they run, but their long-term plan is still to run brick-and-mortar shops of their own.
On May 1, 1886, 35,000 workers in Chicago walked off their jobs. In the following days, they were joined by thousands more, as the city became the national center of a labor movement agitating for an eight-hour work day. (The actions would eventually culminate in the Haymarket Affair.)