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U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Davis’ Hyde Park book sets standard

To the Editor: Thirty-five years ago, the University of Chicago Press published Jean Block’s “Hyde Park Homes” and it became the benchmark for community standards, preservation significance, even real estate values. The press now has published the next benchmark: Susan Davis’s “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” listing 910 buildings and 141 architects. It establishes the enduring(…)

Deadly birds? Here we go again

To the Editor: Was it just yesterday when complaints rained in that peregrines — a handsome falcon only recently rescued from extinction — were wiping out local populations of pigeons and monk parakeets? Today the villains seem to be Cooper’s hawks, now reported to be damaging birds in Nichols Park. I will respond as I(…)

Hyde Park is becoming a mess

To the Editor: What a mess my old neighborhood, Hyde Park, has become. At least it’s that way driving along 55th Street. It’s like an obstacle course with all kinds of marked lines on the pavement, little poles sticking up and cars parked where there used to be a lane for traffic. I saw a(…)

Chicago center struggling

Chicago center struggling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago has been at the center of a national debate about gun violence for months. The city’s regular appearances for its violence in the national media has earned Chicago a reputation that is harming the Chicago Center, a Hyde Park-based urban studies program. The Chicago Center for Urban Life and(…)

Review: “Slowgirl”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Sept. 1 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” shows just how good a quiet little two-character play can be in the hands of the right director and actors. Sensitively directed(…)

Review: Grant Park festival draws to a memorable close

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Another season of the Grant Park Music Festival has come to a close, and it could not have happened on a more pleasant evening, as thousands filled the Pritzker Pavilion, the Great Lawn and other parts of Millennium Park. GPMF artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar kicked off(…)

Historical Society teaches writing

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s Oral History Committee will present a writing workshop Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, led by a University of Chicago student, will teach participants skills for writing memoir and personal essays. Short lectures and break-out sessions have been planned for the day, hosted by Congregation Rodfei Zedek,(…)