Monthly Archives: November 2012

Logan Center café scheduled to open

The University’s Logan Center will open its café to the public Tuesday, Nov. 27, months after announcing it would open in late November. The café, which will serve coffee, snacks and small plates along with beer and wine will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, including its opening day, and 11(…)

Logan’s Colombian dance classes

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern A University of Chicago professor teaching a class titled “Introduction to World Music” will open a workshop with two Colombian artists to the public Thursday. Participants will hear Colombian music, learn about the artists’ culture and dance together. Julio Montano Montenegro and Martha Arboleda, who will lead the workshop, began(…)

“The Hand of Fate” at Mandel Hall Saturday

The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USO) will perform the work of composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Max Burch and Giuseppe Verdi at “The Hand of Fate,” a Saturday, Dec. 1, concert taking place at 8 p.m. at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. The concert, conducted by USO Music Director Barbara Schubert is the orchestra’s second(…)

MSI Christmas tree tradition returns

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the holiday season with its traditional “Christmas Around the World” tree display, as well as an exhibit featuring the characters and stories of Charles Schultz’ popular cartoon “Peanuts.” The annual tree display, now in its 71st year, celebrates diverse cultures with over(…)

Howdy, neighbor: Live next to Obama

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The vacant lot next to the home owned by President Barack Obama is on the market. The 50 foot by 150 foot lot, 5050 S. Greenwood Ave., directly to the south of Obama’s home, was listed recently through realtor @Properties with an asking price of $899,000. The property had previously(…)

Renaissance Society head leaving

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After 40 years at the helm Renaissance Society executive director Susanne Ghez announced that she would be stepping down next summer. Renaissance Society board president Greg Cameron made the announcement in a press release recently. The board will be bringing Solveig Øvstebø from Norway to take over the century-old Hyde(…)

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Kimberly du Buclet (D-26) along with state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) hosted a town hall meeting Monday evening at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The three legislators spoke about issues they expected to come up during the veto session, which starts(…)

Police change beats following crime

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the 2nd District Police say they have stepped up their patrol in the area around 52nd and Greenwood Avenues, where a girl was sexually assaulted on Nov. 6. Though nobody is in custody yet police say they are still investigating the crime(…)

Harper Court sets LEED record

Harper Court sets LEED record

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court recently announced it achieved the highest sustainability rating in the state for a project of its kind, making it among the most environmentally friendly buildings in the nation. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Harper Court leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification for Neighborhood Development Gold(…)

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and 2nd District Lieutenant Mark Moor assured residents at the 4th Ward Meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, that the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, better known as the CAPS program, will remain in place after the new year despite having its budget eliminated in 2013. “At the(…)

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.(…)