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Chosen Few picnic returning to Jackson Park this Saturday

The 24th annual Chosen Few Picnic, a yearly old school house music concert, will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, in Jackson Park, at 63rd Street and Hayes Drive. The concert, which began as a small house music reunion, has grown to attract more than 40,000 annual visitors and has been(…)

Newly-formed park advisory council to meet this Sunday

The upcoming inaugural meeting of the Harold Washington Playlot Park advisory council has moved from Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Those interested in being members or on the board of the advisory council are invited to meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7,(…)

Review: “The Last Ship”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through July 13 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The pre-Broadway world premiere of “The Last Ship” has moored at the Bank of America Theatre briefly before chugging off to New York in the fall, and although the musical’s engines aren’t(…)

Review: “Jack Lemmon returns”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through July 20 Tickets: $55 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who has seen Hershey Felder’s one-man tributes to Beethoven, Bernstein and other musical greats will recognize the format of “Jack Lemmon Returns.” Only this time, as he did last season with(…)

Compelling composition in clerical garb

Compelling composition in clerical garb

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Hans von Bülow, the 19th century German conductor, pianist and composer, famously declared that Verdi’s Requiem was an “opera in clerical garb.” The same might be said of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, although the Slavic nationalism of this towering work is equally present. The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, along(…)

Charter schools subject of Urban Education Institute talk

Charter schools subject of Urban Education Institute talk

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Economist Richard Murnane, co-author of “Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education,” was the keynote speaker last Tuesday during an event hosted by the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute (UEI). The event also included a panel discussion with educators from the university’s charter(…)

Is Hyde Park developing a taste for fashion?

Is Hyde Park developing a taste for fashion?

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Earlier this summer, 110 attendees gathered in Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., for a spring fashion show highlighting new Hyde Park businesses. The event, titled “Fashion on 53rd,” featured local boutiques Comfort Me, Independence, Sir & Madam, Silver Umbrella, Stamp’Lays Executive Boutique & Salon and Villa and(…)

Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A group of artists with Hyde Park ties will be representing the neighborhood at a new exhibit south of the border — the state border, that is. “The Hyde Park Connection” will open Saturday, July 5, at the CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Ind. It will feature works in several(…)

Pop-up shop Sir & Madame makes way for children’s retailer

Pop-up shop Sir & Madame makes way for children’s retailer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Boutique clothing pop-up shop Sir and Madame, which closed for good last Sunday after nine months in Hyde Park, will make way for a children’s retailer this August. A new pop-up store, The Red Balloon, plans to sell children’s clothing, books and toys in the space at 1420 E. 53rd(…)

At 95, he keeps his stride

At 95, he keeps his stride

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “Do you see 1340? Keep looking,” Taylor Lucy, owner of Mr T’s Shoe Services, 1007 E. 53rd St., told a customer scanning shelves full of numbered bags of shoes. No dice. Lucy went to the back of his store and found the black shoes with clear heels. “I see it!(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on July 1. Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High(…)

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)

New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was a generous evening of music when the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presented their free June concert in the spacious Paul Robeson Theater. This gleaming hall is one of the many gorgeous rooms in the South Shore Cultural Center where the SSOCC is an arts and(…)

Gerald Ratner dead at 100

U. of C. benefactor and law school alum Gerald Ratner died last Friday, June 20, at the age of 100. Ratner, who advised the politically-influential, billionaire Crown family on legal matters, gave the U. of C. $15 million toward its $51 million gym, which was completed in 2003 and named after him. In 2006, he(…)

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has another option for frozen yogurt in the neighborhood. Red Mango, an international chain founded in South Korea, celebrated its soft open at 5221 S. Harper Court last week. The store sells gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, non-fat and low-fat yogurts. Toppings include syrups, fruit and cereals. Each portion is(…)

Two grandpas, one idea

Two grandpas, one idea

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 2Grandpa’s Publishing is a homegrown operation — literally. Hyde Parker Stuart M. Rankin, 77, runs the children’s books publisher with his business partner, Al Hawkins, out of his apartment at the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Beach Drive. “We don’t have any office space,” Rankin said in an elegantly furnished room(…)