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Grace Sampson (left) and Alexis Jannotta were busy installing a new "Spirit of Bret Harte" mural at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St, on Tuesday, May 11. The mural is a joint effort involving Bret Harte students and artists from the Green Star Movement, a nonprofit group that bo…

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Kenichi Okada, the consul general of Japan, explains the significance of koinobori (carp streamers) during a celebration in Wooded Island’s Garden of the Phoenix on Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day), May 5. The consul general was visiting the garden to celebrate Kodomo no Hi with a ceremonial op…

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Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, area residents can learn the basics of crocheting at the Jackson Park Field House, 6400 S. Stony Island Ave. Walk-ins welcome; no previous experience required. Classes are open until June 11. L-r: Instructor Andria Fink, Dora Clarke an…

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Murray Language Academy was the only public elementary school in Hyde Park to gain enrollment this year — up 22 students — which Principal Greg Mason ascribes to the school's 42-year-old, kindergarten-through-8th-grade language program and strong outreach to parents over the last summer break.

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On the morning of May 1, I joined recently retired University of Chicago Professor Fred Donner for a walk through Bobolink Meadow and Wooded Island in Jackson Park. It was a sunny day, warm but cooled by a breeze.

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With all but three area public schools experiencing enrollment declines over the pandemic year, Chicago Public Schools is pumping $44 million in equity grants and $32 million to hundreds of schools to offset the losses that would otherwise have happened because of the district’s enrollment-b…

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Dan Stevens (left) and Emmanuel Semmes, a retired research pharmacist of 30 years at the University of Chicago, practice painting in watercolor at the Hyde Park Shopping Center on Tuesday, April 27. 

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More weekday and weekend Electric Line service will be added next month to accommodate returning riders as COVID-19 fears ease and to provide transportation to a new Amazon facility to be built in University Park, Metra announced Wednesday.

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At once a jazz club, a restaurant, a family health center, a food pantry, an office space, a library, a publishing house and a gift shop, The Quarry in South Shore is almost a neighborhood unto itself. Opened in 2014, the event space aims not just to transform the lives of those who attend i…

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The United States Supreme Court denied the petition from Protect Our Parks in its case against the city and Chicago Park District over the construction of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Jackson Park. 

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After federal district and appeals courts rejected the group's last challenge to the Obama Presidential Center, Protect Our Parks has launched a new suit arguing that the agencies which reviewed the project erred in not considering Washington Park instead of Jackson Park as the best location…

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Contractors begin relocating and reconfiguring utilities at E 61st St. and S. Stony Island Ave. in preparation for construction of the Obama Presidential Center across the street in Jackson Park on Thursday, April 23.

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Tomorrow and this weekend, a number of events, including park clean-ups and nature walks, will take place around the mid-South Side to celebrate Earth Day, April 22. The Herald has compiled some of them below, though note that any information may be subject to change. 

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Elected officials and Hyde Park-Kenwood residents praised the verdict for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty Tuesday on three charges in the murder of George Floyd last May, but stressed the need for further changes to criminal justice and policing, both in…

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Professionally, Jim Vondracek raises money for nonprofits. Personally, he is a devout Lutheran who loves literature and art and convivial gatherings, and is never happier than when a chef’s hat is perched on his head.  

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It was in December of 2019 when the Chicago Southside Wolfpack 12U (12 and under) team played their last game during the first round of the American Youth Football National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida. They came up short in that game, losing to the Virginia Wolverines, and have been h…

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All Chicago adults are eligible for the Moderna vaccine and all Chicago residents aged 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech, though the single-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson is still paused nationwide as of Monday.

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Gregory Fulham has helped Hyde Parkers enjoy wine for decades, working as a wine consultant at Binny’s off and on since 1981. He’s been in the neighborhood even longer, having come here to write a dissertation on modern Irish history in 1977, then worked for more than a decade at Powell’s bo…

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After breakfast at Valois Restaurant, 1518 E. 53rd St., Rev. Jesse Jackson expressed his view that — with the video of George Floyd's killing and the expert testimony suggesting pressure applied to his neck was the principal cause of Floyd's death — the jury would be able to convict police o…

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The University of Chicago Medical Center is now a training site for trauma and critical care training site for U.S. Army physicians, nurses and medics, with hospital and military officials signing the agreement at an April 15 ceremony.

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Construction on a new mixed-use facility along 61st Street will begin this summer, as representatives from the University of Chicago unveiled slight changes to the building’s design at a community meeting last week.