Monthly Archives: March 2013

HOME Gallery returns to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) director and co-founder Laura Shaeffer is inviting artists, musicians and the public into her family’s home, located at 1407 E. 54th Pl., next Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shaeffer will host 15 artists, including SHoP co-founder John Preus, as well as(…)

Kindergarten for Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced last week that every CPS school, including those in Hyde Park, would offer full-day kindergarten starting next school year. According to CPS, children who attend a quality, full-day kindergarten demonstrate notable academic advantages in later years over(…)

Logan exhibit echoes French landscapes

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Attention to detail define both the gallery space and art at painter David Schutter’s new exhibit, “Renditions,” on display at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The show’s four paintings and one print are not only based on landscape art by 19th century French painter Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot:(…)

Ross Dress for Less coming to 47th St.

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Discount clothing retailer Ross Dress for Less will open in the approximately 50,000 square foot building that previously housed Michael‚Äôs Fresh Market, 1300 E. 47th St., later this year, according to new signage there. The Kenwood store will be one of the company’s first within city limits, along(…)

University to demolish Ingleside Hall for park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago plans to demolish Ingleside Hall, 956 E. 58th St., to expand the quad and create more green space on campus. The university made the announcement Wednesday at the Cummings Life Science Center, 920 E. 58th St. The U. of C. is working with the city to(…)

Recycle HP: Single-sort service coming to neighborhood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers should get in the habit of separating their glass, paper and aluminum from the rest of their trash. The city’s Blue Bin recycling program will expand in Hyde Park by the end of April. The Blue Bin program will service single-family homes and apartment buildings with up to(…)

Health care for all a step closer

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13th) During the White House tenure of my predecessor in this senate seat, our nation has finally begun moving the ball forward on health care access for all. Last week, the Illinois senate voted to expand our Medicaid program, using federal dollars to extend eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinoisans. Like(…)

Sell us on the SSA

South East Chicago Commission Executive Director Wendy Williams laid out a case last week for the advantages of a Special Services Area on 53rd Street for readers of the Herald. Williams, who is a member of the SSA Advisory Committee, spends a lot of her time thinking about how to attract shoppers to 53rd Street.(…)

The House of Usher, minus the fall

The House of Usher, minus the fall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Fall of the House of Usher” is Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest prose work, a gloomy, murky story of a mysterious man, his even more mysterious sister and the creepy house that has been their family home for generations. Although only a short story, there is more than enough(…)

Review “Sweet Charity”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through March 31 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 847-242-6000 Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe has been developing a fine track record for scaling back musicals for its intimate space, but “Sweet Charity” presents challenges that Director Michael Halberstam and his talented ensemble don’t quite overcome. Unlike, say, last season’s(…)

Review “Julius Caesar”

Review “Julius Caesar”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Couryard Theater, Navy Pier When: through March 24 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Julius Caesar” never has been one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s latest production, from British director Jonathan Munby, does nothing to change that. My basic problem with the(…)

Bach’s “Passion According to St. John”

Chicago Chorale presents J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. John” later this month at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event, to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, features “the Baroque master at his most urgent, most streamlined, most theatrical mode,” according to Chicago Chorale. Advance tickets, which range in price(…)

Hyde Park G and S to screen pirate movie

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park’s Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present a special film screening Sunday, March 10 in advance of their production of “Pirates of Penzance.” The film, “Topsy-Turvy,” will be screened in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., in cooperation with the University of Chicago’s DOC Films. “[The film(…)

Murray PTO hosting sale

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be hosting its 4th annual rummage sale on April 13 to raise money to assist with providing programs and other resources for the school. The school is currently seeking storage bins to for the sale. The Murray PTO is in(…)

Legal battle ends for trauma center protestors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The legal battle for the protestors arrested outside the University of Chicago’s new Center for Care and Discovery last month has come to an end. Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) posted a video announcing the conclusion to the legal process on its Facebook page last Friday afternoon. Alex Goldberg(…)

Man nabbed for bank robbery in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with one felony count of bank robbery on Monday, March 4, after allegedly taking $1,874 from Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, March 1. Robert D. Shaw, 54, of 527 E. 51st St., was charged with one count of bank robbery.(…)

The shadow across 53rd Street

Developers of the Mobil gas station and former McDonalds sites on 53rd Street across from Nichols Park presented to Hyde Parkers on Jan. 28 a vision for the combined parcel that clearly meets one goal of planners for the new 53rd Street — residential density. Unfortunately, it achieves that goal at the cost of almost(…)

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives impacting Pullman

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives impacting Pullman

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), a non-profit community development organization, has been behind a wave of recent commercial expansion and preservation activity in the South Side’s Pullman neighborhood. Despite its namesake and involvement in other neighborhoods, CNI has had a disproportionate impact on Pullman. Headquartered at the U.S. Bank(…)

Historic Pullman’s storied past, driven by George

Historic Pullman’s storied past, driven by George

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Little is straightforward about the motivations behind George Pullman’s perfectly planned town. A paternalistic wealthy industrialist or a daring social reformer; his company, trying to do its best for its employees or working hard to keep them down — these are the divergent roles, largely based on one’s point of(…)

Pullman group describes life in an historic district

Pullman group describes life in an historic district

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted by permission from the Beman Committee of the Pullman Civic Organization’s Guide for Historic Pullman District Home Owners. Visit pullmancivic.org for more information. “It is hereby declared necessary for the general welfare of the citizens of the City of Chicago…To safeguard the City of Chicago’s historic and cultural(…)