Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hyde Park is becoming a mess

To the Editor: What a mess my old neighborhood, Hyde Park, has become. At least it’s that way driving along 55th Street. It’s like an obstacle course with all kinds of marked lines on the pavement, little poles sticking up and cars parked where there used to be a lane for traffic. I saw a(…)

Chicago center struggling

Chicago center struggling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago has been at the center of a national debate about gun violence for months. The city’s regular appearances for its violence in the national media has earned Chicago a reputation that is harming the Chicago Center, a Hyde Park-based urban studies program. The Chicago Center for Urban Life and(…)

Review: “Slowgirl”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Sept. 1 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” shows just how good a quiet little two-character play can be in the hands of the right director and actors. Sensitively directed(…)

Review: Grant Park festival draws to a memorable close

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Another season of the Grant Park Music Festival has come to a close, and it could not have happened on a more pleasant evening, as thousands filled the Pritzker Pavilion, the Great Lawn and other parts of Millennium Park. GPMF artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar kicked off(…)

Historical Society teaches writing

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s Oral History Committee will present a writing workshop Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, led by a University of Chicago student, will teach participants skills for writing memoir and personal essays. Short lectures and break-out sessions have been planned for the day, hosted by Congregation Rodfei Zedek,(…)

Work study

Work study

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute’s exhibit “Our Work: Modern Jobs — Ancient Origins” opened on Aug. 20 and will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit explores the correlation of the modern workplace to its ancient origins. Highlights of the exhibit at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 5th St., include portraits feature(…)

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E. 53rd St., has closed permanently. The restaurant’s lease expired, and Mac Properties spokesman Peter Cassel is remaining mum regarding the tenant that will replace it. Cassel claimed the owner of the store, and not Mac, was responsible for the failure to renew the lease. A sign(…)

Thanks to Hyde Park from Mobil gas

To the Editor: As owner and operator of the Mobil station on 53rd Street, it has been my pleasure to be involved in the Hyde Park community for last eight years. As many people know by now, I will be closing this Mobil location on Aug. 12. I did not want to do so without(…)

Review: An evening of unworldly music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Schubert’s stirring Mass in E-flat Major was the major work on the Grant Park Music Festival’s program Saturday night. Artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar presided over a large force: full orchestra, big chorus and five soloists. The results were splendid. Kalmar found all the majesty and glory(…)

DuSable Museum celebrates Black marriage

Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will be celebrating Black marriages with “Jumpin’ The Broom!” The event will showcase Chicago steppin’ demonstrations, instruction and interactive dancing. Movies in the Parks will present the 2011 film, “Jumping The Broom!” at 8:30 p.m. For(…)

Hyde Park Bank holding school drive

Hyde Park Bank is holding a school-supply drive until August 24th. Donors can bring colored pencils, spiral notebooks, dictionaries and other supplies to Hyde Park Bank locations, and will be entered into a raffle with a $50 Target gift card prize.

MAPSCorps to present work

MAPSCorps, an eight-week science and community service summer internship program, will be hosting its final presentation on Thursday August 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club, 1212 East 59th St. The University of Chicago undergraduates involved in the program will be presenting their experiences working with the community’s high school(…)

University to discuss new building at meeting

The University of Chicago will host a community meeting to discuss the North Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons, the dorm replacing Pierce Hall. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Chicago Booth School of Business, room C25, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The new residence hall will be three(…)

HPHS stories program draws 70

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual stories event brought in over 70 participants this year. The event invites Hyde Parkers to share memories and sometimes mementos, and this year focused on the history and legacy of urban renewal. “Hyde Park Kenwood Stories” is a program of the society’s oral history committee, which conducts interviews with(…)

Family bonds through struggles

Family bonds through struggles

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern One Hyde Park infant got his fill of attention this week — from camera crews and newspaper reporters. 16-month-old Max Allender, born prematurely and kept in hospitals for most of his life, had his first outing to a park Friday. Max’s mother, Jessica Allender, sent out a press release which(…)

Chaturanga extends its reach

Chaturanga extends its reach

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park’s Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., hopes to bring yoga to new frontiers. The yoga business has just completed a series of six free classes in Washington Park’s Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Romonda Bumpus, program director at Chaturanga Seeds, the offshoot which developed the series(…)