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…
Hundreds of thousands of Indians are testing positive for the coronavirus every day while thousands die, and while the official numbers are worse than at any point during the United States' surges, experts say they are undercounts.
John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day events were held at numerous sites across the United States on Saturday, May 8.
Joe and Rika Mansueto Library architect Helmut Jahn speaks with University of Chicago Library Director and University librarian Judith Nadler (retired 2014), as the library opens its doors for the first time for use by students and scholars on May 16, 2011.
The city announced this week that the first concert of the Protect Chicago Music Series, held every month for fully vaccinated Chicagoans, will take place in Hyde Park on May 22.
Paving season is underway, and the Chicago Department of Transportation has plans for several resurfacing projects in Hyde Park, Kenwood and northern Woodlawn.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on May 6 that Illinois will enter the “bridge” phase to full reopening on Friday, May 14. And barring any reversal of current trends, Phase 5, or full reopening, will begin on June 11.
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…
As part of the "Open Chicago" reopening campaign, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the "Open Culture" initiative on May 5, with a return to summer cultural events, including festivals, theater and concerts — and attractions in Hyde Park are included.
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…
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.
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.
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) has adopted a new mission statement and is drafting a new core statement and values, aiming to function as a community hub while still maintaining its focus on childhood and youth development.
The 57th Street Art Fair has cancelled plans for a scaled-down in-person event next month, citing health and safety concerns.
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…
The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a free virtual restaurant tour next Tuesday, May 4.
UChicago Medicine is now one of only 27 hospitals nationwide to get "A" grades in patient care in twice-yearly reports from a nonprofit health care watchdog group, ever since the surveys began in 2012.
Three things are true about Marilyn Cavicchia: she has been a loyal customer of Katsaros Pharmacy for decades, she was always going to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and she has a severe phobia of needles.
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.
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.
Chicago may soon have more vaccine doses than demand for the shots, as local elected officials and other civic leaders push against vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.
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…
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced on April 23 that work is underway on a $1.5 million project funded by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) at Morgan Shoal, the area off the lakefront between 47th and 51st Street.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival will be held virtually on July 3, as it was last year, and not live in Jackson Park.
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.
The Murray Fellows Initiative, launched to provide mentorship to young LGBTQ adults considering Christian ministry, is launching out of the Church of St. Paul & the Redeemer and accepting applications through June 1.
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…
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.
University of Chicago Medicine released its annual community benefit report April 22, showing that Medicare and Medicaid losses had increased drastically in the 2020 fiscal year, and detailing a host of new community outreach and investment programs as well as the center's efforts in fightin…
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.
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…
The Obama Foundation has set a $400 million fundraising goal from corporate, philanthropic and individual sources in Chicago to construct the Obama Presidential Center and establish the $75 million "Hometown Fund" for economic development and youth programming.
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.
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…
In the late-morning hours on Saturday, a group does yoga on the south side of the Nichols Park fountain.
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.
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…
The city's Department of Streets and Sanitation will host a Clean and Green day of service this coming Saturday, April 24.
Some CPS high school students returned to in-person learning on Monday, April 19. Here, students leave Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., after dismissal.
Chicago police issued a bulletin warning of three recent carjacking incidents in the 2nd District, which includes Hyde Park and Kenwood. The incident times and locations were:
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…
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.
Five Sanitation District trucks parked outside of the Hyde Park Shopping Center on Thursday, April 15. Earlier in the day, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released video footage showing a Chicago police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo. In the event of civil …
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker marked the official beginning of Chicago Park District and Department of Transportation work in Jackson Park on April 14, kicking off preparations for the construction of the Obama Presidential Center later this year.
A pair of exhibitions showcasing talent from Black Chicagoans and artists worldwide opened at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) last week as part of the institution’s Black Creativity Program.
A group of plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to halt construction of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Jackson Park.
The Kenwood Academy administration is confident the school can re-open its classroom doors for the first time in 13 months, as CPS prepared to bring back high school students on April 19.
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.
City workers resurface 44th Street from Drexel Avenue to Cottage Grove Avenue. The street will be closed for repairs until next week.