Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon behind a BP gas station, 5130 S. Lake Park Ave. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a firetruck stood on 52nd Street while a small team of firefighters in the alleyway behind the station sprayed a wooden fence with water. “[The fire] came(…)

Merges’ A10 restaurant to open Nov. 5

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Matthias Merges’ has confirmed that his new Hyde Park restaurant, A10, will open Tuesday, Nov. 5., at 1462 E. 53rd St. Chef John Vermiglio will oversee the northern Italian-themed restaurant. Vermiglio is also chef de cuisine at Merges’ Logan Square brunch restaurant, Billy Sunday. A10 will include high-end(…)

Review: “Signs of Life”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-871-3000 A musical about the Nazi ghetto of Theresienstadt (Terezin in Czech) is bound to be a tough sell, and unfortunately “Signs of Life” doesn’t pull it off.  Originally commissioned by Virginia S. Criste, who visited to(…)

Review: “Once”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $27-$95 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I was charmed by the 2007 indie film, “Once,” written and directed by John Carney and starring Glen Hansard as an Irish singer-songwriter “stopped up” by a romance-on-the-rocks and Marketa Irglova as the Czech(…)

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

By Joseph Phillips Sports Reporter After a tough road loss to Englewood-Urban Prep last week at Gately Stadium, the Kenwood Academy Broncos would return to the field on Friday night against the DuSable Panthers with one thing on their mind: “A win,” said Broncos Head Coach Darnell Jones. “We need this one, we need this(…)

New Lab annex opens doors

New Lab annex opens doors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The nursery through primary school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are settling into the newly-built Earl Shapiro Hall. The school was built from the ground up with pre-K through 2nd graders in mind. Staff and faculty at the school, which was named after 1956 Lab school(…)

Harper Theater awarded

Harper Theater awarded

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Theater will receive an award from Landmarks Illinois next week for restoring the historic movie house. The theater will receive the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards on Oct. 26, along with eight other award recipients. Landmark Illinois presents the awards to “individuals, organization and projects throughout the state(…)

MTHP Artists Series begins

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) will kick off its 2013-2014 Artist Series today, at Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave. This year’s program features seven concerts by nine music instructors performing on piano, clarinet, viola and flute. Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m. every third(…)

U. of C. economists win Nobel

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today that two University of Chicago faculty members along with a Yale University Faculty member won the Noble Prize in Economics. The University of Chicago’s Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen along with Yale’s Robert Shiller won the prize for developing new methods to study trends in asset(…)

Ramada owners end chain’s contract

Ramada owners end chain’s contract

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Ramada has changed its name to Chicago Lakeshore Hotel after ending its contract with the hotel chain. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing at the hotel, 4900 S. Lakeshore Dr., said that the opportunity arose to end its contract with the national hotel chain and become(…)

Roofing talk Sunday

The last in a series of lectures on home restoration, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Bogdan Bosak, president of Jefferson Park-based Conrad Roofing, will present a talk entitled, “Historic, Waterproof, Affordable and Still Beautiful.” For more information,(…)

Al Sharpton coming to DuSable

The Rev. Al Sharpton will visit the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. He will be promoting his latest book, entitled “The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership.” Admission will be $5, and free for those who buy Sharpton’s book(…)

Despres lecture series returns

Despres lecture series returns

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Leon Despres Lecture Series returns for its fourth season next week when Paul Durica and Bill Savage come to the Blackstone Library to discuss “Chicago By Day and Night.” The book is a recently re-edited version of a pamphlet that was distributed to tourists visiting Chicago for the 1893(…)

GenTech in HP

GenTech in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer GenTech Digital Media & STEM Education Center has added a Hyde Park location for its Saturday Program. The program prepares students for high-demand fields in digital media and science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). The program, which previously held classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University(…)

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Members of First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be traveling to Springfield next Tuesday, Oct. 22, to show their support for gay marriage. The congregants will join others at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, scheduled to take place on the same day(…)

DuSable screening “’63 Boycott”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host a screening and discussion of the documentary “’63 Boycott,” Tuesday, Oct. 22, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the boycott against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overcrowding. Gordon Quinn, director of the project, is still searching for past CPS students who(…)

Ald. Hairston seeks to avoid new high-rise bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) wants to exempt residential buildings from an ordinance that would require all very large buildings to make their energy consumption data public. The ordinance, which passed City Council last month, currently requires all buildings more than 50,000 square feet to publicly report their energy use data(…)

U. of C. unveils incubator

U. of C. unveils incubator

By JEFFREY BISHKU AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hoping to spur entrepreneurship on campus, University of Chicago representatives unveiled plans last week for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue by late 2014. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer(…)

Editorial: Lawsuit reflects need for input

Plenty of Hyde Parkers may be unhappy about the proposed high-rise across from Nichols Park on 53rd Street, but just a handful of residents have decided to do something about it. As a result, a lawsuit was recently filed against the city of Chicago, claiming the zoning changes required to build the project are illegal.(…)

More crime reporting needed

In response to “Police search for assailant” at hpherald.com: To the Editor: Thank you for your timely post about this latest violence in our neighborhood. What mystifies me is how violence has become such a part of the Chicago lifestyle that often it is not highlighted front and center in our newspapers or by the(…)