Hyde Park Players show opens

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will open “Desire, Desire, Desire” this weekend, their first major production of the season. “Desire Desire Desire” features three parodies of venerated plays. “It’s like Shakespeare — if you do the right thing with it, anyone can get it,” director Corinna Christman said. The first(…)

Artisans 21 moves

Artisans 21 moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Artisans 21 recently reopened the arts and crafts co-op storefront that has been a Hyde Park staple for nearly 50 years. “We’re awfully glad to be back,” Rob Borja said. “This is one of the most astonishing co-ops I’ve ever been in.” Artisans 21, which sat in Harper Court for(…)

New Jewish center for U. of C. students

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jewish students at the University of Chicago have another option on campus to practice their religion and meet other Jewish students. Jewish U formed at the beginning of the semester as an alternative to the campus Hillel. Director Dan Libensen had previously served for six years as the director of(…)

Broadband upgrade sparks planning

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Residents, educators and business owners from nine neighborhoods including Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard and Woodlawn met last Wednesday to discuss the community’s response to the City of Chicago Broadband Expansion Request For Information (RFI) for the Southside Fiber optic/Wireless Broadband Network development challenge. On Oct. 16, Gov. Pat Quinn(…)

Hales rolls out youth program

Hales rolls out youth program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School held a “Knockout Gala Reception” and boxing matches Saturday, Oct. 27, to raise funds for its Olympic sports after-school program for at-risk youth. Spurred by youth violence, a soaring dropout rate and the youth unemployment problem, Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., created an after-school(…)

MSI home to close in January

MSI home to close in January

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After an unexpected five-year stint at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit will end in January. When the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, built the functioning, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home on the east side(…)

U. of C. offers free tuition

U. of C. offers free tuition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer Monday afternoon to announce the launch of UChicago Promise, a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. “As a society we need to be clear, a college degree makes a huge(…)

Village Foods

Village Foods

BY LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After nearly 30 years in Hyde Park, Village Foods closed its doors on Tuesday Oct. 16, and donated the remaining unsold foods to Hyde Park area nonprofits. The long time, affordable grocery store, opened its doors in 1983, said general manager Barry Monroe. “We outlasted Mr. G’s, the Co-op, Michaels,(…)