Monthly Archives: October 2013

Reviewer saw different play

To the Editor: After reading Anne Spiselman’s review of “Pullman Porter Blues” it became glaringly clear to me why I don’t base my entertainment choices on the reviews of critics. Evidently Ms. Spiselman and I didn’t see the same play. I found “Pullman Porter Blues” highly entertaining and totally accurate. If Ms. Spiselman had an(…)

Come and tend a memorial garden

To the Editor: I am writing to invite readers of the Herald to participate in a workday at a special Hyde Park garden. Amanda’s Garden, at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, near Ray Elementary School, is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was(…)

Community left out of U. of C. planning

To the Editor: I read about the incubator space that the University of Chicago announced on Friday, Oct. 11. I am writing in response to the announcement, and in the hopes that others will chime in; this is our community, our neighborhood, and our voices need to be heard. I am life long Hyde Parker(…)

Event at Amanda’s

Ray Elementary School is inviting the community to join them on Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Amanda’s Garden. Amanda’s Garden, which is located at the northwest corner of the school, 5631 S. Woodlawn Ave., is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was(…)

Vue53 developer gives update

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jim Hansen, principal at Mesa Development, declined to comment on a lawsuit filed by four Hyde Parkers to stop construction of the 13-story tower Vue 53. Mesa Development was not named as a party on the lawsuit. “I think this is America. We have a process to adjudicate these things(…)

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago wants more homegrown startups. Hoping to foster cooperation between U. of C. affiliates and entrepreneurs, university representatives unveiled Friday plans for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.(…)

Learn about Obamacare

Learn about Obamacare

A question and answer session and discussion on the Affordable Care Act will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. The event, entitled “A Community Health Forum: How the Affordable Care Act Affects Older Adults and the Uninsured,” will give audience(…)

Lutheran div students get boost

Lutheran div students get boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer An unprecedented number of new Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago master of divinity students received scholarships that will cover their full tuition. Anna Ernst, Elizabeth Christensen, Toby Chow, Samuel Nelson, Brooke DeJong, Kathryn Jacob, Samantha Pfalzgraf, Levi Powers, Megan Clausen, Megan Casper, Paul Eldred and Matthew Zemanick all(…)

Local parks get needed facelift

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Jackson Park’s Dickerson Playlot, located along the 1600 block of 56th Street, and the playground at Bessie Coleman Park, 5445 S. Drexel Ave., will be open this month after renovations were made as part of a Chicago Park District (CPD) initiative. Bessie Coleman Park’s playground opened Tuesday, Oct.(…)

U. of C. students reprise unauthorized guide to university

U. of C. students reprise unauthorized guide to university

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Disorientation Guide, a University of Chicago student-published primer for incoming classes on campus life and the South Side, has returned from hiatus with a 2013 edition. Inaugurated in 2010, the publication, known alternatively as the DisO’ guide, offers an unofficial, critical introduction to the school, its administration(…)

Kenwood Broncos fall short in Urban Prep match

Kenwood Broncos fall short in Urban Prep match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS In the IHSA Football Game of The Week, the Kenwood Academy Broncos (2-4) fell to the Englewood Urban Prep Lions (3-3), 32-12 on Saturday afternoon at Gately Stadium, host of Urban Prep’s Home Coming Week. Both teams entered conference play (Windy City) with a 2-1 record, knowing that with a win, one could leap frog the other. Before kickoff, Head Coach Darnell Jones(…)

With tongue in cheek, a bit of Hyde Park “history”

To the Editor: The following letter may be of interest to your readers, particularly those who take an interest in the historical character of the neighborhood. I found it working on our house, after tearing out a particularly hideous piece of cabinetry from the 1960s. It is a letter to the editor of your very(…)

Stony naming for Brazier has many flaws

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) Dear Alderman Hairston: I will be unable to attend the community meeting mentioned in your newsletter about renaming S. Stony Island Avenue. I am opposed to renaming it, for the late Bishop Arthur Brazier or for anyone else, however deserving. My reasons are(…)

McMobil project remains in shadow

To the Editor: The McMobil proponents (the University of Chicago and Mesa Development) have deliberately misled the public on the shadows of McMobil. Ald. Will Burns (4th) has gone along with this and refused to get Mesa to produce a more complete and telling shadow study. Mesa produced a “shadow study” for the 53rd Street(…)

Theater review misses point of play

To the Editor: I am writing in regard to the theatre review written by Ms. Anne Spiselman on “Pullman Porter Blues” currently running at the Goodman Theatre. I have been a season ticket holder for some 30 years and this play is one of the best ever run at the Goodman. The staging was exquisite,(…)

University not talking straight about plans

To the Editor: The Herald’s Oct. 2 article on the lawsuit filed by neighborhood residents who object to the university’s proposed high-rise at the McMobil site included a statement by Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for the University of Chicago’s Department of Civic Engagement. According to Ms. Coleman, there were “a series of workshops that(…)

Review: “4000 Miles”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the program notes for the Chicago premiere of “4000 Miles” at Northlight Theatre, playwright Amy Herzog explains that Vera Joseph, the feisty octogenarian grandmother in whose(…)

Review: “The Crownless King”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 20 Tickets: $20-$40 Phone: 773-769-3832 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic At one point in “The Crownless King,” the second part of The House Theatre of Chicago’s fantasy-adventure trilogy that started last year with “The Iron Stag King,” our royal hero,(…)

Used book sale this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 12 and 13, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14., in the courtyard at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. This year’s(…)

Harper building gets new owner

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A mixed-use apartment building where a man was shot dead last spring has been sold to a developer who plans to beef up security in the building, but not rehab it extensively. Mike Noeh spoke at the 53rd Street TIF District Monday, Sept. 30, about plans for the property. To(…)