The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, back in full last weekend on the Midway Plaisance and across the neighborhood, has long had the distinction of being one of the few jazz festivals in the city with a plywood dance floor. Alas, there was no dance floor this year, but it didn't stop the attendees f…
Nonprofit organizations in and around Hyde Park won three of the 48 inaugural Together We Heal Creative Place Program grants the City of Chicago gave out this year.
Frontline Books and Crafts, a Rastafari and Pan-African shop just off 53rd Street, has closed its Hyde Park location, but its owner says they plan to return to the neighborhood eventually.
Woodlawn's Friend Health Center, 6250 S. Cottage Grove Ave., held a dedication ceremony for their new mural on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
The Oriental Institute is among the world's premier research centers on the ancient Middle East and its galleries are a boutique truncation of Berlin's Pergamon Museum — but largely without Greek and Roman antiquities on display. Artifacts from Tel Megiddo and Persepolis, yes; the Market Gat…
Construction on the "Kenwood Link," Kenwood Academy's $8.3 million elevated, enclosed pedway connecting the main building with the former Canter Middle School is set to begin in early 2023.
Robert Bator has won second place in the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2022 Photo Contest reptile, invertebrate, amphibian and fish category for a photo he took of a frog in the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The past weekend, thousands of Hyde Parkers perused book stalls, tables of tulips and science-related booths, ushering out the last days of summer. From returning events like the Children’s Book Fair and Fall Garden Fair to the inaugural South Side Science Festival, here’s the weekend in review.
The Kenwood Academy Broncos, reigning Chicago Public League football champions, were off to a rough start this season. After suffering a narrow season opening loss to Glenbard North (21-18) on August 27, and the loss of a quarterback due to injury sustained during the match, the Broncos are …
My favorite piece at the Renaissance Society’s new show, “Fear of Property” is a 2 minute 30 second video by Pedro Neves Marques entitled “The Pudic Relation between Machine and Plant.” It records an encounter between a robot hand and a Mimosa pudica (aka sensitive plant, shame plant, sleepy…
Several thousand people strolled up and down 61st Street in West Woodlawn Saturday, September 10th, enjoying the balmy afternoon with family and neighbors, perusing booths that showcased local services, retail stores, makers (craftsmen), artists and other entrepreneurs. Amidst the bustle and…
The Chicago Plan Commission approved Northwestern Medicine's proposed 120,000-square-foot outpatient clinic on Sept. 15, which developers intend to open at 4800 S. Cottage Grove Ave. by 2025.
If you think a black comedy that premiered on Broadway in 1941 isn't likely to appeal to audiences eight decades years later, think again. Court Theatre's production of Joseph Kesselring's “Arsenic and Old Lace” is as fresh and funny as if it were written yesterday and, on opening night earl…
Most people aren’t wild about Monday mornings. But if you’re too young for school, or you’re looking after someone who is, you might find a reason to go wild at HelloBaby, the free play center at 600 E. 61st St. for babies, toddlers and tykes.
Kenwood Academy is treating students' trauma, reassessing its security plans and has no plans to change its open-campus policy in the aftermath of a student's murder on Friday, Sept. 9, Principal Karen Calloway said at a Sept. 15 local school council meeting.
University of Chicago Medical Center nurses protested working conditions and aired concerns about patient safety due to understaffing outside the hospital early morning on Thursday, Sept. 15.
The 35th Annual Children’s Book Fair and the 61st Fall Garden Fair are returning in full for the first time this weekend, following two years of scaled-down or lapsed celebrations due to the pandemic.
Flooding along 57th Street at its intersection with Blackstone Avenue, Sunday, Sept. 11.
An argument between two groups in Washington Park around 7:46 p.m. on Sept. 13 escalated to a firefight that left two men dead and seven other people wounded.
A number of Hyde Park-Kenwood area public schools have Local School Council (LSC) openings, but the majority are expected to be filled shortly.
When the Museum of Science and Industry Circus Exhibit opened in April of 1973, MSI president Daniel M. MacMaster called it “a spectacular addition to the museum's attractions” in a Hyde Park Herald article. He went on to say that it would be as popular as the Coal Mine, U-505 submarine and …
After being significantly scaled back over the last two years, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is due to come back in full form on Sept. 24 and 25.
The Midway Plaisance, which stretches for a mile between Jackson Park and Washington Park, often puzzles people. Is it a road? Is it a park? What’s a plaisance?
A 17-year-old male, believed to be a Kenwood Academy student, was shot and killed Friday, September 9 in East Hyde Park during the school's open-campus lunch hour. The Chicago Police Department is looking for suspects.
The Hyde Park Day School, for elementary students with learning disabilities like dyslexia or language impairments but without intellectual disabilities, has launched the Joanne Steinback Educator Training Institute for educators and other professionals.
Bivalent boosters to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants are now available in Chicago, but a number of local pharmacies have yet to receive the doses.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8 after serving 70 years as monarch of the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth states. She was 96.
Like many student athletes, Logan Lester, a senior at Kenwood Academy and wide receiver for the Broncos, has big plans for his football career after graduation.
The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM)'s advisory council is soliciting feedback in-person and online about what community members want from the planned “Cancer Center for the Future."
The University of Chicago has hired museum director and curator Vanja V. Malloy as Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art effective Oct. 1, coming to Hyde Park from the Syracuse University Art Museum in New York.
Ald. Sophia King’s (4th) North Kenwood Oakland Advisory Council (NKOAC) gave the go-ahead to three neighborhood projects during its August 30 virtual meeting.
Graduate student workers at the University of Chicago have voted to affiliate with the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), reigniting a years-long effort to obtain a contract with the university.
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The second generation of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, made to target the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the omicron strain, are on their way.
“Alright, sopranos now,” co-founder Jonathan Miller said, motioning to a seated group. Accompanied by the piano, the section of older adults holding sheet music in a semicircle around the small chapel stage began to sing.
At a virtual 5th Ward meeting held on Tuesday, August 23, Ald. Leslie Hairston told constituents that she would not move forward with the University of Chicago’s proposal to convert a nearby one-way strip of 57th Street into a two-way street.
"We are here to help you and push you to your destiny, where you need to be, because you deserve to be respected," said Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) housing organizer Bobbi Brown as she spoke to about two hundred seniors gathered on the campus of Dyett High School.
Buoys have appeared along the northern side of Promontory Point for the first time in two years.
A Hyde Park High School graduate and Civil Rights Movement activist known for leading the Nashville students sit-ins and organizing the Selma marches for voting rights was recently awarded the nation’s highest honor.
Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will not seek reelection to a seventh term on City Council next year.
Members of the Wicked Legends Mas Band perform on the Midway during the Chicago Caribbean Carnival procession, Saturday, August 20, 2022.
Vision Zero, the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce and the University of Chicago are hosting a traffic safety workshop focused on Garfield Blvd. west of Washington Park on Tuesday, August 30.
The atmosphere was celebratory outside the Chicago Board of Elections on Friday morning, August 5. A dozen members of the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers gathered to deliver more than 15,000 signatures collected in support of a referendum that would establish new community mental…
Two area synagogues will provide educational resources and presentations to community members about taking action in a post-Roe v. Wade country as part of an “Abortion is a Jewish Value” program on Sunday, August 28.
Two statues in Washington and Jackson parks that were up for review under the Chicago Monuments Project have been cleared to remain— with changes.
Last July, Maxwell Murray, a Detroit native and DePaul student, gathered a handful of strangers in Kenwood for a Sunday soccer scrimmage.
The 35th Annual Children’s Book Fair of Hyde Park will take place on Sunday, September 18th, and the fair is currently looking for essay submissions geared towards this year’s theme of Banned Books, due September 1st.
A memorial of flowers is placed near door of the Jeffery Pub, 7041 S. Jeffery Blvd. Three men were killed on Jeffrey Blvd. during a hit-and-run attack after leaving the pub, Sunday, August 14.
The Great Frame Up, a custom picture frame shop and local art seller, has closed its doors after 47 years in Hyde Park.
In July, Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., appointed Gabrielle Randle-Bent as associate artistic director. The 34-year-old scholar, dramaturg and director is the first to hold this position since May of 1993, when Charles Newell was hired by Nicholas Rudall before being promoted to artistic…