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Obama Library at Reese site?

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Michael Reese Hospital site is among the contenders as a location for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The Michael Reese site has 37 acres of wide-open land on the city’s lakefront. It has been vacant since the hospital closed in 2008. In 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley borrowed(…)

Parking woes to worsen on 53rd

The increasing number of traffic snarls on 53rd Street is about to spike as street parking will soon be restricted along 53rd Street, between Lake Park and Blackstone avenues, to make way for a new internet cable being installed by the U. of C. this summer. The U. of C. expects to install the cable(…)

Seminary Co-op selects manager

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he worked as director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the University of California, Berkeley. Deutsch was named(…)

Work begins on 5701 S. Woodlawn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work began recently to transform 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave., into the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. The Meadville Lombard Theological School sold the building in 2009. On the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, the building is listed as orange, meaning it may merit preservation due to their architectural significance or(…)

“Lost in Yonkers”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through June 8 Tickets: $25-$75, students $15 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   I’ve seen lots of productions of Neil Simon played for laughs. Northlight Theatre’s “Lost in Yonkers” isn’t one of them. Sure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning(…)

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern This year’s annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert, “Bernstein Bash!,” will pay homage to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. There will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on June 1. Concluding the University of(…)

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

Five years of the players

By Jessica Kim Cohen Herald Intern Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Hyde Park Community Players will perform their first improvisation and sketch-comedy show at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Repeat performances will be announced throughout June, beginning with two performances at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn(…)

Dyett closure not the fault of aldermen

To the Editor: In the May 21 edition of the Hyde Park Herald, guest columnist Jay Travis wrote about educational inequalities by comparing Dyett High School to selective enrollment schools and other high schools in other parts of the city. It is not hard to make the argument that there are glaring disparities. There are many reasons(…)

Why a living wage?

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Chicago workers deserve a living wage. Last week, I was asked to co-chair a panel that aims to find effective, meaningful ways of increasing the city’s minimum wage. And while our leaders in Springfield work to set standards that meet the needs of Illinois, our focus will be the needs(…)

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) principal screening committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night so that parents and community members could hear from the three final candidates for the principal position. The absence of the school’s interim principal as a finalist and the lack of(…)

Study says library will bring revenue into city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago commissioned a study that determined a Barack Obama Presidential Library on the South Side would be an economic boon to the city. The report was done by Anderson Economic Group and completed last month. It studied the economic activity as a result of the coveted library’s(…)

Trauma center push runs all week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care advocates last week held a week-long series of informational sessions, protests, sit-ins and marches to demand a Level 1 adult trauma care center on the South Side. The week of protests brought greater attention to the demand for a Level 1 trauma care center, to treat victims of(…)

Part Seven: Springtime is for Lovers

Part Seven: Springtime is for Lovers

The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turns to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that have defined the urban fabric. By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The neighborhood that(…)

Kenwood students named Gates Millennium Scholars

Kenwood students named Gates Millennium Scholars

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School seniors Khensura LoveEl, Amber Cowan, Kyra Kemp, Ibtihal Elfaki and Quinasia Douglas are recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholars program was established through partnerships between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and The(…)

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter student Zev Goldberg won first place in the essay portion of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Competition for his paper on methane hydrates. Goldberg, an 8th grader at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., competed against 7th to 12th grade students from all(…)

Recent concern about school inequality ignores Dyett

By Jay Travis Recently, Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Will Burns (4th) demanded hearings be held after a report indicated that white students were enrolled at a significantly higher rate than African American students in Chicago’s top four selective enrollment high schools. The irony is that both Alds. Dowell and Burns have not been nearly(…)

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of Woodlawn and Washington Park say that the Obama Presidential Library would bring jobs, economic prosperity and increased attention to the greater South Side. Many in Woodlawn and Washington Park see the library as a real opportunity to bring economic development to their neighborhood, while finding uses for vacant(…)

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At Earl Shapiro Hall on Monday, May 12 the University of Chicago hosted a neighborhood discussion, the second in as many years, to increase its communication with Hyde Park residents. Among the topics covered were the fact that the U. of C. has turned the street around Harper Court’s office(…)