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South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidiah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

Dodging snares, Lyric Stars soars

Dodging snares, Lyric Stars soars

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was clear and only just a little cool Saturday night as some 11,000 people settled into one of Chicago’s favorite parks for the annual “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert. The actual audience was even larger than those who made their way to the lakefront, as(…)

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $37-$50 Phone: 773-327-5252 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic TimeLine Theatre Company’s 18th season gets off to an auspicious start with the Chicago premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s best-selling 1972 novel(…)

Hyde Park Community Players holding auditions, meeting for upcoming productions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold two events this week at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., to prepare for upcoming productions. The Players will hold auditions from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for their November production of Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia.” Audition materials will be provided. Although preparation is not required,(…)

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the remodel of its first floor lobby. The organization will also be opening a satellite location in the Englewood neighborhood in October and celebrating its 165th anniversary in November. The Chicago Child Care Society’s (CCCS), 5467 S.(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a second Dinner Crawl, giving diners the opportunity to sample food from some 53rd Street businesses. The crawl will take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the western end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Tickets are(…)

Thanks for standing up for fish

To the Editor: As someone who has walked nearly daily in Jackson Park for the last 15 years, I am grateful to the Hyde Park Herald for demanding a more careful consideration of the proposed poisoning of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. The mania for native species has gone too far, and the commitment(…)

It’s not necessary to kill the fish

To the Editor: Why kill all the fish in the Jackson Park Lagoon? Why not stun and relocate? I’ve fished the lagoon ever since I was a small lad. Just catch and release. Why not clean up water and restock? Some of us really enjoy fishing there where we don’t have to travel great distances. I’m(…)

The return of the goldfinches

To the Editor: Actually, the goldfinches have been here all summer. These tiny, puffed-up flecks of sunlight flit amongst local parks, gardens and any place that provides food and other necessities for a productive goldfinch life. In late summer they begin to prepare for the winter. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintains beds of(…)

Hoping Kiwanis will stick around

To the Editor: It was sad to read the recent cover story on the current status of the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club. I am not a member of the Hyde Park Club, but am a 39-year member of the Southeast Kiwanis Club. All of the reasons Kiwanis Clubs are diminishing as stated in the article(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will host a block party this weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The free party will take place on the 5000 block of Cornell Avenue, where the Center is located, between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, complete with art workshops, live music(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference annual meeting coming up

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) will host its annual meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. At least four board seats will be up for grabs in an election at the public meeting, according to HP-K CC(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival to return with more visiting musicians than ever

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago. “We have(…)

Amid a struggle to recruit new members, Hyde Park Kiwanis vote to dissolve

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis voted last week to disband after almost a century in the neighborhood. Eight of the group’s 18 dues-paying members met last Tuesday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, and voted to dissolve, according to group President Camille Hamilton-Doyle. She says the(…)

Cops warn of robberies on campus

Security Alert September 8, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police have issued warnings about armed robberies on campus. Chicago Police said the robbers would approach a victim on foot, display or imply that they had a handgun and demand the victim’s property. In two incidents(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to sponsor second neighborhood dinner crawl

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a second dinner crawl from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Tickets will grant diners samples from eight Hyde Park restaurants on the west end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Participating restaurants include Café 53, 1369 E. 53rd St., Cedar’s, 1206 E. 53rd St.,(…)

Sa’mal gallery talk at Oriental Institute tomorrow

You can stop in on Hyde Park’s ancient city experts for a lecture this Thursday. On Sept. 4, join the creator of a model of the ancient city of Sa’mal for a talk at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. The exhibit where the model is displayed, “In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the(…)

Review: “Ecstasy”

Review: “Ecstasy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cole Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through Sept. 28 Tickets: $15-$25 Phone: 773-747-6821 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Based on the brief first act, you’d expect Mike Leigh’s 1979 “Ecstasy” to be one of those rage-fueled, violence-wracked British “kitchen sink” dramas of the Thatcher era (though it premiered(…)

Thanks to my hard-working neighbors

To the Editor: A great thank you from me to some hard-working people. I do not know anyone who lives in the apartment building on the north east corner of 54th Street and Harper Avenue. But every time I drive west on 54th Street from the shopping center, I am in awe of the beautiful(…)