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U. of C. flirts with a “Team Obama”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is dangling the possibility of partnership to several Chicago institutions, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, if the Obama Presidential Library comes to the South Side. The U. of C. is having conversations with organizations, including the(…)

Teens unnerve some locals

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Due to a large gathering of teenagers, Chicago Police Department (CPD) and University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) were called to Harper Court over Memorial Day weekend. The incident took place around 1400 to 1500 E. 52nd St. on Saturday, May 24, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Though(…)

Help out with the 4th on 53rd this year

To the Editor: Thank you so much for the wonderful article in last week’s “Hyde Park Herald” about the upcoming 4th on 53rd Parade in Hyde Park. It’s great that Hyde Parkers will know about the festivities planned for the Fourth of July in the neighborhood. We are excited about the big day and still looking for(…)

Burns weighs in on fate of Dyett High

Editor’s note: The following letter was recently distributed by Ald. Will Burns (4th). To the Editor: On June 9, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a press conference on the future of the school. There have been some false, misleading rumors about where I stand on Dyett High School, so I’d like to set(…)

Burns support should go further

To the Editor: I was very happy to see that Ald. Will Burns (4th) has publicly stated that he supports Dyett remaining open as an open enrollment, high quality, neighborhood public high school. However we need an alderman who will not only use his words but his actions to actively work to make sure that(…)

Get involved with local schools now

To the Editor: Now is the time. Now is the time to get involved in the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC). There is so much going on that directly affects our schools. Now is the time to give what you can, however that looks — simply attending a monthly meeting, applying for membership, joining a committee, running(…)

We are not impressed with Burns

To the Editor: The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School is interested to see that Ald. Will Burns (4th) is taking a public stand on keeping Dyett open as a public, open-enrollment, neighborhood high school. In response to his June 12 e-blast “Where I stand on Dyett High School, the Facts”, we would like to(…)

New director takes reins at Hyde Park Angels

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Hyde Park Angels (HPA), a group that invests in and advises selected startup companies, is seeking a new managing director following the departure of former Managing Director Karin O’Connor. Founded by a group of University of Chicago Booth School of Business students in the Executive MBA program, HPA has(…)

Robbery warning for Hyde Park

Robbery warning for Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police recently issued a warning about robberies at the north end of Jackson Park. The robberies occurred in the vicinity of the south 5600 and 5700 blocks between Stony Island Avenue and Everett Drive in June. In the instances three offenders approached victims, displayed a handgun and announced(…)

Hyde Parker applies for advisory council at Harold Washington Playlot Park

Hyde Parker applies for advisory council at Harold Washington Playlot Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Timika Hoffman-Zoller has applied to form a new advisory council for Harold Washington Playlot Park, which will host its first meeting on July 7 at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Hoffman-Zoller, who is currently president of the Elm Park Advisory Council, was inspired(…)

Awards at Lutheran School of Theology today

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., will award six people with its Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday evening. Recipients are chosen for their community engagement, leadership in mission, vision for the future and new theological perspectives. David G. Abrahamson will receive the Excellence in Parish Ministry Award. Diane Dardon will(…)

Sneak peek at Bruce Finkelman’s Promontory next week

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival will host a benefit concert at the Promontory Restaurant and Club next week. The festival benefit will be among the first events at the new venue. Promontory owner Bruce Finkelman had not by Herald press time announced when the venue will officially open. The jazz festival will host its benefit(…)

King Haile Selassie’s grandson to visit DuSable Museum

Ethiopia’s King Haile Selassie’s grandson, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, will make a stop in Hyde Park later this month on a visit to Chicago. Prince Selassie will give a talk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 940 E. 56th Place, entitled “The Origins of(…)

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

Joan Plana speaks several European languages, but his native language, Catalan, is unknown to the average American. He makes himself understood not only in excellent English, but in the language of music. Plana was born and raised in the Lleida province of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain. Today this talented baroque violinist is based(…)

One promising beginning and one happy ending

One promising beginning and one happy ending

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was an inauspicious evening for the opening of an outdoor festival. It had rained that day, and it remained overcast and gloomy well past dark. Yet the first concert of the 80th season of the Grant Park Music Festival had a decent-sized and enthusiastic crowd – a testament(…)

Review: “Days Like Today”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 13 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Woe to anyone who tries to write a sincere musical about love these days. The topic has been so overworked in every medium that it’s almost impossible to find anything new to say, much(…)

The Land Beneath our Feet

The Land Beneath our Feet

The ground level of the house at the southwest corner of 48th and Greenwood just always seemed too high. Not in the sense of the ridges that once ran diagonally across the landscape of Hyde Park, but specifically and oddly too high just in one place. The driveway at the back of the lot was(…)

Burns to unveil plans for Canter

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is hosting a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the Little Theater to discuss the use of the Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., is officially closed as of June 30. Seventh and eighth graders from Kenwood Academy High(…)

Local residents looking for family biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Juan Boyce is organizing a Kidical Mass biking event for kids at the end of this month. Kidical Mass is a national movement to encourage families to ride bicycles for transportation, exercise and fun, according to its website. It currently has events in neighborhoods including Roscoe(…)

Make Music Chicago returns to HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Make Music Chicago will return to Hyde Park for the third time this summer solstice, Saturday, June 21. The annual music festival inviting professional, amateur and spontaneous performers alike to share their music with the public free of charge was first established in Paris, France, in 1982, and first took(…)