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Open Produce holds opening

Local grocer Open Produce’s ongoing experiment in blending the delicious with the creative continues this weekend with its third monthly art opening. The work of painter Zac Franzoni with be hung at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., for an opening on Saturday, Sept. 7. The artist will be on hand to answer questions about(…)

Seniors to get a day at the circus

“Senior’s Day at the Circus,” hosted by the Chicago Park District, will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Washington Park at 51st Street and Payne Avenue. The event will feature UniverSoul circus, which presents an interactive combination of circus art, theater and music. Ticket sales began Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $8(…)

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., will be the topic of a Chicago Architecture Foundation historic tour on Saturday, Sept. 21. Architecture historian Vince Michael will discuss architect Barry Byrne, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who built this first modern Catholic church in Chicago in 1924. The tour meets at the(…)

No. 2 at UCPD moves on

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Tom Phillips, who had been deputy chief with the University of Chicago Police Department, recently left to become police chief at Northern Illinois University. Phillips was named NIU’s police chief on Wednesday, Aug. 28. His initial salary will be $160,000 and extends through June 30, 2014. NIU’s police force is(…)

Why I’m not running for governor

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) First, I want to convey my deep and lasting appreciation to the men and women, from communities throughout the state, who have expressed confidence in my ability to lead Illinois as its next chief executive. I am inspired by their determination to improve life for all our residents, and(…)

Safe passage signs serve little purpose

To the Editor: If you look north on Dorchester Avenue from 55th Street, the first thing that will catch your eye is now no longer the canopy of green trees sheltering the architecture of the old street. Your eyes will instead focus on a half dozen bright yellow signs announcing the street is a “SAFE(…)

Sketches, grownup fun at OI in fall

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute will host a variety of events this fall, including inviting artists to sketch at their will, evening events for just the grown ups and discussions on how the Near East shaped the modern world. Beginning in October, the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will begin offering(…)

DIVVY bikes arrive in Hyde Park

DIVVY bikes arrive in Hyde Park

DIVVY bikes are in Hyde Park. DIVVY, a city initiative run by Atta Bike Share, offers members bikes from automated docks throughout the city, has new locations on 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue and 55th Street, at Woodlawn Avenue and South Shore Drive. A user with an annual membership can swipe a unique key at(…)