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It’s a walk in the park for Max

A 15-month-old Hyde Parker will visit a park for the first time after a life time in the hospital. After spending the whole of his life in hospitals, Max Allender, 16 months, is finally home and reunited with his twin sister Coral and family. Born at 26 weeks, these young Hyde Parkers are home and(…)

Review: “Belleville”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The American couple at the center of Amy Herzog’s “Belleville” is seriously screwed up, but nothing in the play or Steppenwolf Theatre’s production, ably directed by Anne Kauffman and expertly acted,(…)

Review: “The Comedy of Errors”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, various parks When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: free, no tickets required Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicked off its second summer of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks on Sunday, July 28, at Eckhart Park in the Noble Square neighborhood, and a rollicking good(…)

Hyde Park Union Church exhibits “Reframing Beauty”

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Union Church (HPUC), 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a monthlong exhibit of work by artists with disabilities. The show, entitled “Reframing Beauty,” will be on display until Aug. 30, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The(…)

Object hanging on pole not noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved with(…)

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” filmed a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park last week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The TV drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern On Thursday, children sat at the floors of the basement of the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., intently listening to science educator Nicole Beaver, or “Miss Nicole,” speak about the systems of the human body. The free “Glob, Goo and Guts!” event at the library gave participants “a(…)

Hyde Parkers help you with dating

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One Hyde Park couple recently launched their own business and they hope their efforts will strengthen the relationships of other couples. Datelivery is a subscription service that delivers a pre-planned date night to customers’ homes. The newlyweds run the business out of their home on the 5300 block of Greenwood(…)