Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and community activists held a press conference outside Mercy Hospital in Bronzeville on Tuesday to call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to save Mercy Hospital from closing amid the pandemic.
On Nov. 19, Freedom, a 23-year-old experiencing homelessness, slept in a warm bed at Covenant House Illinois, a nonprofit that provides shelter, food and immediate crisis care to youth. Vic Mensa, a Grammy Award-nominated rapper and Hyde Park-Kenwood native, slept on the sidewalk in Bronzevi…
Numbers are trending in the right direction citywide as well as in and around Hyde Park, but officials are still asking people to stay home for the holiday to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The day seemed to fit the odd year — sunny and 75 in November, sweater and shorts, masks and hand sanitizer, and a CTA worker smiling.
The Hyde Park Art Center’s annual gala went virtual last Saturday but still managed to bring in $424,000 for the exhibition and educational space, surpassing its goal for the evening.
A new mural by artist Rahmaan Statik on the side of The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., was completed Sunday, Nov. 22.
Near North Health Service Corporation's North Kenwood drive-up and walk-up COVID-19 testing site at the Komed Holman Health Center, 4259 S. Berkeley Ave., will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Local activists — including University of Chicago alums and students Michelle Yang, Laurel Chen and Samhitha K. (foreground, left to right) and neighborhood resident Brandon Patterson (background with face shield) — demonstrate in favor of defunding the Chicago Police Department and against …
More than 50 protesters — including a half-dozen participants in the May 31 protest in Hyde Park — filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the City of Chicago, alleging that their civil rights had been violated by Chicago police officers during the unrest this summer.
A hallmark of the neighborhood's autumn social calendar will continue this year, albeit virtually, as the Hyde Park Art Center's annual gala goes online tomorrow in two sessions.
The final 61st Street Farmers Market of the year will take place tomorrow at 61st Street and Blackstone Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first hour of the market is reserved for seniors and virus-vulnerable people. Masks are required, and dogs aren't allowed.
The CTA Holiday Train and Bus will still run by and in Hyde Park-Kenwood this year, though, in order to limit the spread of coronavirus, passengers will not be able to board the yuletide fever dream illuminated by thousands of colored lights.
Ninety patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and 24 patients are under investigation for infection with the coronavirus.
The Hyde Park Youth Symphony (HPYS) will host a virtual gala on Dec. 9, featuring a performance from violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
Nearly 600 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Bronzeville, Washington Park, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn and South Shore between Nov. 8-14, but percent positivities marginally decreased in three of the four ZIP codes that cover those neighborhoods.
A program promoting artistic expression and socialization to curb loneliness among older South Side residents may expand citywide in the summer of 2021 after several successful iterations across the South Side, including Hyde Park.
Nine parents and four community members are vying for positions on the Local School Council (LSC) at Kenwood Academy High School, with the election scheduled for Nov. 19.
Last Sunday, Nov. 8, activists with GoodKids MadCity and BlkRising gathered in the afternoon at 55th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, where they handed out food and supplies to passersby and locals. There was also a DJ and dance party to commemorate the loss of King Von, a Chicago drill rapp…
The Obama Foundation has hired Lori Healey, currently the head of the Chicago office of real estate development, architecture, engineering and construction firm Clayco, to run the construction and operations of the Obama Presidential Center.
Local School Council (LSC) elections, which are scheduled for Nov. 18 and 19, have been delayed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it appears that the nature of the times has diverted attention from the races for Chicago Public Schools governing bodies.
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) hosted a forum this weekend for Local School Council (LSC) candidates at Hyde Park Academy High School, as part of the group’s ongoing effort to remove police from Chicago Public Schools.
The Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council (HPKIC) will put on a virtual Thanksgiving Day service this year in support of its hunger programs.
The University of Chicago released new travel guidance and encouraged remote work in a message to the school community, as two campus art museums announced they would temporarily close.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a final Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Section 106 review of the construction of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Jackson Park last week. The publication of the MOA indicates that after three years of presentations, meetings wi…
As COVID-19 rates in Chicago increase exponentially, testing sites across the city are finding themselves more utilized — and more taxed — than ever before.
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) — the Woodlawn-based activist group that has scored wins in recent years on issues like the University of Chicago trauma center and a Community Benefits Agreement for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) — has turned its attention recently to ano…
Nella Pizza e Pasta launched a GoFundMe for its employees this week, hoping to secure enough money to keep from laying off employees this winter.
The health center development planned for the intersection of 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue was approved by the city’s Community Development Commission (CDC) yesterday, after Woodlawn residents voted to fund the development last week.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is urging residents to work from home, only participate in essential activities and limit travel and gatherings through Dec. 2 to decrease the positivity rate of COVID-19 in the state, currently 12.4%.
The all-hours, community-stocked refrigerator located in the alleyway behind 57th Street Books has been removed after a request from the city, though the group behind the project says it will look for another location in the neighborhood.
A University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) spokesman said it "sure looks like" three armed robberies that occurred within 10 minutes of each other in Hyde Park Tuesday night were related.
The University of Chicago Folk Festival will move online for 2021, organizers announced this week.
In an interview with the Herald, 2nd District Police Commander Joshua Wallace said he thinks this summer's protests were a "learning experience."
Second District police arrested a suspect on Halloween for the rash of paintball attacks taking place across the city, Cmdr. Joshua Wallace reported at a Nov. 5 Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting, and he said the number of incidents has declined.
After a surge of donations, a new scholarship for students of color in Chicago will be able to offer money to a few more people.
Kenwood artist Dorian Sylvain, who recently won a $30,000 grant from 3Arts, has been chosen as one of the city’s artists-in-residence through a new pilot program.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously recommended the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley home for landmark status to City Council.
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will host its annual gala tomorrow evening, as it continues to raise money for its programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A neighborhood art program that fosters creative expression among older adults living with dementia may expand citywide after successfully transitioning to a mail-only system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) is recruiting participants for the third phase of a COVID-19 vaccine research trial.
Earlier this year, two different groups of East Hyde Park residents submitted rival petitions to Ald. Leslie Hairston's (5th) office over how best to deal with noise issues along South Shore Drive and in Burnham Park.
The David Rubenstein Forum has opened on 60th Street, providing not only badly needed meeting space for the University of Chicago (currently retrofitted for use amid the coronavirus pandemic) but a striking addition to Hyde Park's architectural panoply.
The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) reported the following incidents as having occurred between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1.
Halloween night passed without any arrests or major incidents in Hyde Park.
A low-income health care provider is looking to build its new headquarters in Woodlawn, and asking for the community to approve $8 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funding for the project.
University of Chicago Provost Ka Yee C. Lee announced that the school's winter quarter plans will mostly be a continuation of this fall's, with instructors able to choose whether to teach remote classes.
City, county, state and federal departments are planning for Halloween and Election Day, both in Hyde Park and across the city.
A virtual book talk hosted by the Silver Room on Wednesday night brought over 70 participants — mostly women, mostly women of color, and a few from across the world in London and Australia — to take part in a robust discussion about feminism.
Since the beginning of October, new cases of COVID-19 are up 150% in Illinois, deaths are up 83% and hospitalizations 73%. All signs point to a "meaningful and sustained increase in transmission of this virus," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Oct. 29, and "we can expect worse to come."