Monthly Archives: September 2013

Residents file suit against Vue53 rezoning

Residents file suit against Vue53 rezoning

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of Cook County to “challenge(…)

Review: “A Raisin in the Sun”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Nov. 17 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463, ext. 6 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic TimeLine Theatre Company’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal “A Raisin in the Sun” could be half as good as it is and still have a profound impact. Director Ron OJ(…)

Shoreland rehab complete; units filling up

Shoreland rehab complete; units filling up

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park’s newest apartment building rehab, the revamped University of Chicago dormitory Shoreland Hall, now known as the Shoreland Apartments, 5454 S. Shore Dr., has been open for a month. As of last Friday, leases were signed for 60 units, of which 25 had tenants currently living in(…)

Elizabeth Warren coming Friday

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will speak this Friday at an event organized by the Institute of Politics. The event takes place at the Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., at 10 a.m. Call 773-834-4671 for more information. Register at senwarren.eventbrite.com.

Stony rename costly, poorly timed

To the Editor: The mayor’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after Dr. Arthur Brazier is an obvious political move on his part, at the taxpayers expense. The cost to the city of changing all of the signage and maps will be huge, not to mention the cost and inconvenience to residents and the many,(…)

Troubled by the renaming of Stony

To the Editor: The prospect of renaming Chicago’s historic Stony Island Avenue is troubling. The late Rev. Arthur Brazier may well qualify for memorial recognition, but there urgently needs to be public discussion and serious consideration of what kind of memorial would be most appropriate. The present and long-standing name of the broad six-mile artery(…)

Review: “The Mountaintop”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Oct. 13 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The hype for the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award-winning “The Mountaintop” emphasizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s humanity and human frailty, but don’t be fooled: Katori Hall’s play ultimately is an exercise in hagiography.(…)

Remembering Bert

The Hyde Park Historical Society is accepting photographs, statements, thoughts and poems relating to late board member Bert Benade, who passed away Aug. 20, in preparation for a commemorative article in the group’s next newsletter. Both society members and the wider community are invited to contribute. Send materials to newsletter editor Fran Vandervoort at vandersand@sbcglobal.net(…)

Bruce memorial details

A memorial will be held for late Hyde Park attorney and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alum Jason Bruce at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Bruce was an active member of many local civic groups.

Kiwanis to sell peanuts for causes

Members of the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club will be posted at several landmark locations in the neighborhood this Friday for its annual Peanut Day Fundraiser. Kiwanis members and volunteers will be at Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St.; The Hyde Park Bank Building, 525 E. 53rd St. and 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue on Sept.(…)

TIF council to discuss Vue53, City Hyde Park

The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. in the little theater. The meeting will have updates on City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital project that would put new housing and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake(…)

Year seven for jazz festival

Year seven for jazz festival

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor This weekend’s seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will feature a healthy mix of veteran and newcomer performers, according to organizers. More than 30 acts will perform at 10 venues spanning the neighborhood, from 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28, and between 1 p.m. and 8(…)

Lab selects new director

Lab selects new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby has been appointed as the new director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Appleby will on July 14, 2014, succeed David Magill, who announced in January that he would retire after 11 years as director. Before coming to Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., Appleby lived in(…)

Reavis joins new schools network

Reavis joins new schools network

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Reavis Elementary School is a part of a newly established network of schools whose administrators and teachers will receive hands-on professional development as a part of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) “reinvestment schools” program. Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., is no longer a part of the Burnham Network School Area(…)

DARE residence to hold flea market

DARE residence to hold flea market

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A fundraiser flea market will take place in the parking lot of the Disabled Adults Residential Enterprises, 1616 E. 55th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The first-ever sale will feature vendors at tables and racks selling a wide variety of wares including(…)

After-school program to be led by SHoP’s Shaeffer

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Community arts center South Side Hub of Production (SHoP) co-founder Laura Shaeffer is organizing Afterschool SHoP Camp, a six-week program for children grades K through 12 beginning Sept. 30 at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave. The “camp” — an acronym, according to Shaeffer for cooking and creativity,(…)

High concept production fails to catch on fire

Where: Harris Theater in Millenium Park When: through Sept. 29 Phone: 312-704-8414 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Opera’s bread and butter has always been the historical drama. Giuseppe Verdi, whose 200th birthday is now being celebrated throughout Chicago, certainly had an output that contains some notable historical operas — “Don Carlos” and “Attila” coming(…)

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after a prominent South Side pastor does not sit well with Hyde Park residents on that street. Emanuel last week proposed renaming Stony Island Avenue from 56th Street to 130th Street after Dr. Arthur M. Brazier, a civic leader and prominent(…)

Music venue for 53rd Street

Music venue for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park should have a new music venue and restaurant by the end of this year. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., will begin serving “hearth-based” food when it opens its doors to patrons and musicians in late 2013, owner Bruce Finkelman said at a Fifth Ward meeting hosted at(…)

Deco building may gain car wash

Deco building may gain car wash

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The owners of a parking garage will request a zoning change to allow it to provide car-washing services on its lower level. The owners of the Deco Arts building, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., will submit a request to rezone the property from B3-5 to C2-5 which attorney Sara K.(…)