Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

New 53rd Street needs Artisans 21

To the Editor: The planning for the McMobil plot is an important consideration for the future of our pedestrian shopping thoroughfare: 53rd Street. The new glassy Harper Court development looms as a complement to this project. We have not forgotten that Haper Court was created to compensate for the destruction of the 57th Street “art(…)

Review “The Aliens”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through March 3 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 312-943-8722 If you think of Annie Baker’s “The Aliens” as a trio of interconnected character studies, the two-hour-long Chicago premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre may be tolerable. But if you’re expecting a play with anything resembling(…)

Review “Other Desert Cities”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 17 Tickets: $25-$86 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Family secrets are at the core of “Other Desert Cities,” but what drives Jon Robin Baitz’s old-fashioned well-made play are the political and personal conflicts among the characters and a potent moral(…)

Celebrating Dr. King, President Obama and Black Liberation

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critics Inauguration Sunday found Music in the Loft hosting a sold-out recital that honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., commemorated the second inauguration of Barack Obama and celebrated the notable successes of African Americans in fighting oppression. The program of all American music was created and performed by(…)

Byrd-Bennett’s blunder

When new Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was appointed last year, her rhetoric related to public school closures gave us reason to be hopeful that, at last, CPS had a leader who understood the need for input from teachers and parents, especially when contemplating the dramatic decision to close schools. She promised to listen(…)

Annual historical society dinner nears

The annual dinner of the Hyde Park Historical Society will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St, at 5:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s cultural historian, and Cornell, Despres and Block Awards will be presented. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner(…)

Holy pastry! Latke debate is coming

The Latke-Hamantash Debate, an annual tradition at the University of Chicago’s Hillel Foundation, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12. The debate has been a fixture at Hillel and in Hyde Park since 1946. The humorous debate pits participants against one another in defending two Jewish foods: the latke, a fried potato dish, and hamentaschen, triangular(…)

Jazz concert Saturday at First Unitarian

There will be a jazz concert this Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Performers include vocalist Juan Coleman, father and son duo Derrick and Micah Ivy and the Prairie State College Faculty Jazz Quartet featuring Valerie Nicholson and Phillip Crews. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and students. A(…)

Indoor farmers market at Augustana

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting an indoor farmers market later this month. On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Augustana will host local vendors providing seasonal, sustainably produced goods from local farmers and vendors, including meats, chesses, vinegars, honey, eggs, baked goods and specialty items. The market is(…)

Booth booster gives $5M gift

John Edwardson, a member of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and the former CEO of CDW, a Vernon Hills-based technology company, has donated $5M to the university’s School of Business. Edwardson, who graduated with an MBA from the school in 1972, currently chairs its Council on Chicago Booth. He was the CEO of(…)

Promontory items nod to Piccadilly

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old Piccadilly Theater has been closed for decades but Hyde Parkers will be able to see pieces of the old movie house when they visit The Promontory. The future home of a music venue, bar and and restaurant will be decorated with pieces of the old theater, which was(…)

Mandel Hall facelift done

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mandel Hall was reopened recently after being restored to its original condition. The 109-year-old room was brought in line with modern accessibility standards while maintaining the original look of the hall. Seats were upgraded to create greater accessibility. To accommodate for the extra width the seats take up, two rows(…)

Ray teacher gets school supplies award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chandra Garcia, 6th grade teacher at Ray Elementary School, won an award from Chicago Public Schools and Office Max for being one of CPS’s outstanding teachers. Garcia was one of 100 teachers to receive the honor. She received a new desk chair and $1,000 worth of supplies for her(…)

Trauma center calls back

Trauma center calls back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After four people were arrested following an attempted sit-in at the University of Chicago Medicine’s new hospital last month, the calls to have access to an adult trauma care center on the South Side have increased. Protestors have also called for the U. of C. to explain the violence that(…)

High-rise proposed for 53rd

High-rise proposed for 53rd

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 13-story building with space for 30,000 square feet of retail and 267 rental apartments could be the future along 53rd Street but residents who heard about the plan last week were more concerned about potential traffic headaches the development could exacerbate than the size of the building. Mesa Development(…)

SSA for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission will apply to the City of Chicago to create a Special Services Area along 53rd Street, it was announced last week. The SECC has already created an 18-person advisory committee to determine what the SSA’s boundaries would be, what services it would bring to the(…)