Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kilwins has begun offering its sweet treats in time for the holidays. The chocolate and candy shop opened its doors last week. Owner and Hyde Parker Jackie Jackson celebrated the soft opening of her second Kilwins store location in Chicago, at 5226 S. Harper St., on Saturday, Dec. 22. “We(…)

Park 52 to close

Park 52 to close

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Park 52 will be closing very early in 2013. In an announcement released on Monday the upscale American restaurant said “We have voluntarily opted to close the restaurant due to a combination of business and personal obligations.” The public is invited to attend a closing party at 5 p.m. on(…)

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust Financial Corporation announced last week the completion of its previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of HPK Financial Corporation. HPK is the parent company of Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company. As part of the transaction, Hyde Park Bank will be merged into Wintrust’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Beverly Bank and Trust Company N.A. Hyde Park(…)

Hyde Parkers debut graphic novel

Hyde Parkers debut graphic novel

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern “Do you want to see the devil?” is the question that opens “Chinatown,” a graphic novel by two Hyde Park-area brothers that launched at an event this past Saturday. Wesley and Bradley Sun, founders of Sun Brothers Studios, produced the book with the help of more than 600 online backers.(…)

Hyde Parkers discuss Rush’s record

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Even after a campaign season in which he made no appearances, Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election to his seat as congressman for the second district, which includes a sliver of Hyde Park, with almost 80 percent of votes in the general election. Another South Side politician who represents far more(…)

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St., has been spinning wax in-house for the last few months. Kevin Jones said Hyde Park’s only record store has been giving professional and amateur DJs an opportunity to spin tracks in the store to help promote their work. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Chicago-born(…)

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago coordinator of arts programming Theaster Gates is expected to take ownership of the former Southmoor Bank and Trust just south of Hyde Park next month. The Chicago City Council is expected to approve transferring the title for the vacant bank at the January City Council meeting, said(…)

Hope Church comes to K.A.M.

Hope Church comes to K.A.M.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Churches are a prominent fixture in Hyde Park, where steeples peer above the neighborhood’s low-rise apartments and foliage-lined streets. Yet what may be the neighborhood’s newest church, might also be its hardest to spot. The non-denominational Hope Church of Chicago — a Black South Side congregation numbering fewer(…)

Conference funds history project

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Historical Society has received a $500 grant from the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The money will be used to support the Society’s oral history project, which has begun a new effort to preserve the story of the conference and its community. Kathy Huff, a(…)

U. of C. student wins programming prize

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fourth-year University of Chicago student took top honors at the Illinois Technology Association’s third annual Fall Challenge. Bill Waldrep, who is also a member of the U. of C. computer programming team, took home a $5,000 prize. The Fall Challenge is a tournament for students at Illinois universities to(…)

Review “Tickling the ivories at I-House”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Earlier this month at I-House, the Chicago Ensemble presented a pleasing concert devoted to piano trios. Mathias Tacke (violin), Andrew Snow (cello) and Gerald Rizzer (piano), performed a wide range of material in an engaging manner. The concert opened with Beethoven’s Trio No. 5 in D Major, op 70,(…)

Review “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $35-$40 Phone: 773-409-4125 There are three main reasons to catch American Theater Company’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play,” which is competing for your attention, as it has in years past, with American Blues Theatre’s delightful radio adaptation of the(…)

Review “The Nutcracker”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $25-$35 Phone: 773-769-3832 Anyone who is familiar with The House Theatre of Chicago won’t be surprised to learn that the iconoclastic company’s version of “The Nutcracker” is nothing like the ballet. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s(…)

Review “A Christmas Carol”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearnborn St. When: through Dec. 29 Tickets: $25-$82 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In honor of the 35th anniversary of Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” I looked up my Hyde Park Herald review of the first production in 1978. Boy, was I a grinch (or is that(…)

The truth behind the lagging latkes

To the Editor: It is no wonder that faculty members did not want to participate in the Latke-Hamantash Debate as long as it continued to be sponsored by Hillel. The shabby way in which the Chicago Jewish Federation (Hillel’s corporate owner, as they made very clear last spring) summarily fired Hillel’s board — made up(…)

Point letter misguided

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor calls for the replacement of the Point’s unique limestone buttresses with ugly poured cement revetments, “beautiful for a stroll” “look(s) quite nice”…yech! The already installed cement is unnatural, already crumbling, cracking & breaking in several places. Meanwhile, our Promontory retains its rustic charm. If there is(…)