Monthly Archives: March 2013

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is one of the 54 schools on Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) closing list. Parents and community members said they are reaching out to elected officials to try to keep the school open. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Thursday that several schools across the(…)

Locals pan high-rise

Locals pan high-rise

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers gathered to debate the merits and faults of the proposed 13-story apartment and retail building expected to be constructed on 53rd Street. Nearly 100 people came to Augustana Lutheran Church on Monday, March 18, many to voice concern that the building is too tall and out of proportion(…)

Shoreland close to opening doors

Shoreland close to opening doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Shoreland Hotel should have renters by August and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Peter Cassel, spokesman for Antheus Capital, said the gut rehab of the historic former hotel is about two-thirds complete. Once the $50 million renovation is finished, the Shoreland, 5454(…)

Kenwood student competing in science fair

Kenwood student competing in science fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Science Fair took place Friday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Students from two local high schools presented their projects at the citywide competition. This year’s science fair, a three-day event titled “Meeting Global Needs through Science, Technology,(…)

Players’ latest is coming soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Players will present “The Good Doctor” from April 12 to 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. “The Good Doctor” is a series of short skits based on the writings on 19th century Russian novelist Anton Chekov and adapted for the stage by “Odd Couple”(…)

Hyde Parker needs help getting girls to prom

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the next few months, teen girls across the city will begin to search for the prefect dress for prom. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP) is opening its boutique again this year for families that are unable to afford many of the pricey gowns and accessories in the stores.(…)

OI offering free talks on Egypt

OI offering free talks on Egypt

A series of free talks sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. The lectures will include: “Epigraphy and Conservation of Tell Edfu Block Yard — A Report on the 2012 Season,” by(…)

U. of C. tuition — and aid — rising

By Andrew Holzman Herald Intern Though students at the University of Chicago will see an increase in tuition next year, they may also get more help paying. Tuition at the University will increase four percent for undergraduates in the 2013-2014 year, but most students will also benefit from an 5.1 percent overall increase in the(…)

Hyde Parkers! Host a student

A global student exchange program called the Student Travel Schools Foundation, or STSF, is seeking host families. Any Hyde Park family or individual can volunteer to host one of more than 400 students for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, call 1-800-522-4678.

All must rally for Canter

If Chicago Public School administrators have their way, this will be the last school year Canter Middle School remains open. It was listed as one of more than 50 schools CPS announced would close last week because of underutilization. CPS is broke, we are told, and maintaining underused buildings will mean fewer programs for the(…)

Review “Proof”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through April 14 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Court Theatre’s artistic director Charles Newell loves pushing the envelope. There’s no better proof than his production of “Proof,” David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play about a 25 year old(…)

Blame to share for Canter closure

To the Editor: As the parents of a recent Canter Middle School graduate, we’re sickened by the news that this excellent school will be closed. Let us be perfectly clear: Canter is a successful school, and it is not “underutilized.” We’re sickened, as we say, but not surprised. This is simply the final insult added(…)

Review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway When: through March 30 Tickets: $28-$85 Phone: 800-775-2000 Everybody loves a show about drag queens that reaffirms family values. It makes them feel safe and promises a sequined spectacle replete with double entendres and sarcasm. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” delivers. Based on the 1994 film,(…)

McMobil project will make life difficult

To the Editor: This letter is regarding the development of the property at 1338 E. 53rd St., Chicago. As a nearby resident, it is my opinion that a building of this size and at this location will cause a major increase in area congestion and make street parking extremely difficult. Fifty-third Street is not an(…)

Local housing group supports McMobil

To the Editor: The Coalition for Equitable Community Development is an association of Hyde Park & Kenwood residents, businesses, religious communities and civic organizations who are concerned about the loss of affordable housing in our community. The University has shared its plans for the development of the partly-vacant site on 53rd Street commonly called the(…)

Locals are united against McMobil

To the Editor: The March 18 meeting at Augustana Church, of well over a hundred people, yielded a lively and thoughtful discussion about the proposed development at the McMobil site. The concerns about this development were specific and well argued. Many of the comments embraced the idea of development, but wanted one consistent with the(…)

McMobil project will leave us lost in the dark

To the Editor: I’m a new “McMobil” activist but a long-term near neighbor/homeowner (5305 S. Greenwood Ave. since 1973) with a long historical memory and also experience behind the scenes here in Hyde Park and with the city in land-use proposals (back to 1989 aborted efforts to appease marginalized locals in building a new Bears(…)

McHugh excited to join McMobil development

To the Editor: James McHugh Construction Co. has proudly called the South Side of Chicago home for more than 100 years. As a general contractor, we have had the good fortune to work in Hyde Park on the Harper Court development that will be completed later this summer. We also have been selected by Mesa(…)

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor “Agency.” “Imperfections.” “Glue sticks.” “Honoring creative and intellectual autonomy.” These are just a few of the ways visitors at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest described “zines,” or self-published magazines, to Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for literatures of Europe and the Americas at Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. Wenzel(…)

Murray basketball big winners

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Elementary School 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team won the 2013 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Elementary School City Championship. The team’s coach also won the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year Award. The Murray Wildcats beat Mason Elementary School 33 to 30. Before(…)