Monthly Archives: July 2013

Review: Cool night, hot music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As a teenager, Jean Sibelius longed to be a great violinist. After aborting legal studies, he entered the Helsinki Music School (later renamed the Sibelius Academy) where he realized he would never be a violin virtuoso. He turned to composing, becoming not only his country’s most renowned and beloved(…)

Review: “Mojada”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Aug. 11 Tickets: $20-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The interview with Luis Alfaro in the program for Victory Gardens Theater’s world premiere of his “Mojada” (“wetback”) provides some clues as to why his adaptation of the Medea legend just doesn’t(…)

Falls can pose major problem

By ANDREW HOLZMAN My grandmother and I were coming back from our weekly walk together to the grocery store, having scoured the free samples and bought some of the cookies I liked, when she had her first bad fall. It happened more quickly than I could watch it, and ten-year-old me was terrified. Does this(…)

Towing mars festival visit

To the Editor: Sunday, July 21 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., my family and I decided to walk through “Celebrate Hyde Park” before shopping in Kimbark Plaza. They were visiting from California. When we returned, my vehicle had been towed from the lot along with four others. The July 17 advertisement in the Herald,(…)

“Chicago Fire” comes to Hyde Park

“Chicago Fire” comes to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” is filming a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park this week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)

Chaka Khan coming to Hyde Park this weekend

Chaka Khan coming to Hyde Park this weekend

A weekend of celebration in Chicago is set for ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist and former Hyde Parker Chaka Khan. The city is honoring her with a street named in her honor and the declaration of Chaka Khan Day.

Comfort comes to Hyde Park

Lincoln Park boutique Comfort Me is establishing a temporary location in Hyde Park, joining Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., and Kilwins Chocolate, 5226 S. Harper Ave., in inaugurating the space near the new Harper Court development. The retailer’s lease runs through January, and Vice President Alyssa Thomas says Comfort Me is looking to move(…)

Hales accepts female students

Hales accepts female students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hales Franciscan High School Board of Trustees voted to allow female students to enroll in the school starting the 2013-2014 school year. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is known as one of three historically Black Catholic high schools in the nation. It is also known as a(…)

Locals to see CPS master plan

Locals to see CPS master plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools will host a meeting in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood to give a presentation about its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan. On Aug. 22, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Public Act 097-0474, amending the Illinois School Code by adding requirements related to School Action and Facility Master(…)

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Andrew Holzman Herald Intern An email sent by the University of Chicago to its community Tuesday morning warned of a gas leak at 59th Street and Ellis Avenue. A spokesperson for the university said that a gas line had been struck during ongoing excavation in the area. After an evacuation and street closure in the(…)

METROsquash leaving Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer METROsquash, an after-school program in Hyde Park that uses the sport of squash as a vehicle for its students to excel physically and academically, has outgrown its current location and is working toward securing a new facility.  Over the past eight years METROsquash has served more than 150 students(…)

New play group for kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents have a new option for having fun with their kids. Last weekend, Chicago Playpen opened its doors as an environment where children from 6 months to 8-years-old can learn through play. “We specialize in sneaky education,” owner, Anika McNeill said. “A lot of times when kids are(…)

Bulls player chips in

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nazr Mohammed, Chicago Bulls player and Kenwood Academy High School alumnus, will host the Nazr Foundation’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser for charity at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Pazzo’s, 311 S. Wacker Dr. The event will feature an open bar, raffle, music and dancing. Mohammed, who recently returned(…)

Urban Renewal recalled

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers past and present are invited to share their memories of Urban Renewal with each other. The fifth annual Hyde Park Stories program will focus on the events and lasting impressions that urban renewal left on Hyde Park. The University of Chicago led the local initiative of the nation-wide(…)

Local parks getting boost

Local parks getting boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction has begun on the first 50 of 300 of Chicago’s aging playgrounds, which include Harold Washington, Bessie Coleman and Jackson parks. Earlier this month Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District (CPD)  CEO Michael P. Kelly broke ground on a new playground at Harding Playground, 3921 W. Division(…)

Ray Lahood to join Axelrod team

Ray LaHood recently joined the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Board of Advisors. The Institute of Politics is a non-partisan program directed by former Obama Administration senior advisor David Axelrod. The former transportation secretary served under the Obama Administration and was seven-term Illinois Republican congressman. The board also includes New York Times political columnist(…)