Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

Akira opens on 53rd Street

Akira, a Chicago-based fashion retailer, officially opened its doors today The staff, wearing Akira fashions, stood in wait of their first patrons as word slowly spread in the neighborhood that the women’s fashion shop was open for business. Akira occupies the former Borders Books and Music at 1539 E. 53rd St. The site’s exterior, which(…)

Nukes Age discussed in Hyde Park

A conference exploring the use of nuclear energy and its demise takes place in Hyde Park next weekend. “A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age” will feature discussions, a documentary and a trip to the Red Gate Woods Forest Preserve site where the first wastes of the nuclear age are buried.(…)

Smoke shop gives away turkeys

On Monday Hyde Park Cigars gave away 300 turkeys to needy families who couldn’t afford a bird for their Thanksgiving dinners. Owner Mike Allen said the giveaway was an effort to pass his good fortune along. “To be honest it’s just reaching out and passing on the blessings,” Allen said. “It’s a blessing to be(…)

Midway rink open

The Midway Plaisance ice skating rink will open in just enough time for Hyde Parkers to burn off their Thanksgiving dinners. Ice skating rinks across the city will open on Nov. 23 and run through Feb. 24. The Midway Plaisance Park, 1104 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn) will be open from noon(…)

South Side Pie contest results

The winners of the South Side Pie contest, recently held at Ray Elementary, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., have been announced. The first place winners are: Sharon Brinkman, in the creme pie category; Molly Herron, in the fruit pie category; Paige Reilly, in the nut pie category; and Sofia Kilbadze, in the pumpkin/sweet potato pie category.

Charlotte Des Jardins takes the stage

Charlotte Des Jardins, a Hyde Park resident, will be one of 18 seniors to act in the play “20 Years in Two Acts,” a celebration of past work by the Primus Theater company at Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington St. Renaissance Court is an activities center for adults over 55. The play runs from Nov.(…)

JPAC election results

The Jackson Park Advisory Council held their annual board elections on Monday Nov. 12. The board works to preserve Jackson Park’s architecture and the native flora and fauna. Louise McCurry will retain her position as president. Aaron Stephens was voted vice president. Gary Ossewaarde was voted to retain his position as secretary. Dwight Powell was(…)

Rich Nayer appears in film

The recently completed independent drama “My Enemy’s Son” is a thoroughly local production: director and Bronzeville resident Will Adams’ second film was shot throughout Chicago’s South Side and features Hyde Park resident Rich Nayer as a leading character. The movie, which features an 18-person cast, follows the story of South Side drug dealer T-Low, who(…)

Last step taken for 51st Street TIF

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago City Council approved the creation of the 51st Street/Lake Park tax increment financing district on Thursday, among the last steps needed to finance City Hyde Park on the former site of Village Foods. The 51st Street/Lake Park TIF district was separated from the 53rd Street TIF after the(…)

Teachers for Social Justice convene at Kenwood

Teachers for Social Justice convene at Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Teachers For Social Justice held its 12th Annual Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair Saturday at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and others who played pivotal roles in this year’s school reform fight were keynote speakers at the event. Lewis(…)

Hyde Park Village seeks donations

The Hyde Park Village, an organization which helps seniors network to find support to remain in their own homes, will have a table at the United Church of Hyde Park’s Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1448 E. 53rd St. Organizers hope to raise funds that will help the group launch more formally early next(…)

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents received information about public schools from a Chicago Public Schools official and a few of their peers at the “ABCs of CPS” meeting last Wednesday hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. The meeting, which was geared toward(…)

Pierce Tower to be demolished

Pierce Tower to be demolished

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Pierce Tower has been home to University of Chicago undergrads for over five decades, but its useful life has come to an end. The university announced last week that the 10-story tower, 5514 S. University Ave., will be demolished after this school year ends in June to make way for(…)

Seminary Co-op moves

Seminary Co-op moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Last week, Jack Cella stood in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has to duck to walk around the short, claustrophobic space that for the last 51 years has been home to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Instead of the bookshelves being filled floor-to-ceiling with academic tomes, they stood(…)

Review “Burn This”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont When: through Nov. 18 Tickets: $27-$32 Phone: 773-795-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who saw Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” in Chicago or on Broadway is less likely to remember Joan Allen’s marvelous 1989 Tony Award-winning performance as Anna(…)

Review “Hamlet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 25 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While watching the carefully crafted production of “Hamlet” at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, I had a minor epiphany. Even with an exceptional ensemble and excellent staging, both in evidence under Artistic Director Michael Halberstam‘s(…)

61st Street farmers market open

Although the temperature is plunging, the 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., is still providing a broad array of seasonal fresh and prepared foods through Dec. 15. The indoor market also features chef demonstrations and classes by B’Gabs Goodies, and matches purchases using Link cards of up to $25. The(…)

Bird exhibit at Oriental Institute

Bird exhibit at Oriental Institute

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, is passionate about birds. It becomes clear upon receiving her business card — on which silhouetted birds are printed alongside her contact information — and even more so after hearing her discuss the new(…)

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Five band students at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., were selected as “Ravinia Jazz Scholars” for the 2012-2013 year. The students, who are under the instruction of Kenwood Band Director Gerald Powell, are five out of the 28 Jazz Scholars in this year’s program. Through Ravinia’s(…)

Burroughs honored at DuSable

Burroughs honored at DuSable

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., commemorated the birthday of its founder, Margaret Burroughs, with a founder’s day event on Sunday, Nov. 11. The celebration, free to the public, included spoken-word presentations, a performance by the Congo Square Theater Company and reflections on Burroughs’ vision and(…)