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Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of cultural institutions on the South Side have launched a campaign to bring more tourists and local visitors here. Declaring August “Museum Month,” six South Side institutions — including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Oriental(…)

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter has wrested an agreement by the city to make investigations into complaints against Chicago Police Department public. On July 11, the city said it would not pursue to appeal a March decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago to make public two(…)

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory is Hyde Park’s newest place for dinner and live music. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., had a soft opening Monday, July 21. The restaurant has been a long time in the making. Two years passed between when Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman first walked into the vacated Borders(…)

A good deed recounted

To the Editor: Neighborliness and good deeds did not pass away with your great-grandmother. They still exist, right here in Hyde Park. On Monday, July 21, a day of oppressive heat and humidity and terrible air quality, a delightful young woman named Sharon Carver looked up from her desk and noticed a senior citizen out(…)

Vanishing promises made to the poor of our ward

By JAY TRAVIS The commitment by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and local elected officials to ensure one-third of the housing units demolished under the Plan for Transformation is replaced for former public housing residents, and the development of an additional one-third of housing units for working families that need affordable housing on publicly-owned CHA(…)

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A new gun violence prevention group, The It’s Time Organization (TITO), held its first fundraiser last Wednesday evening, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. TITO plans to support established violence prevention programs through partnering and investing, focusing on the 3rd, 4th(…)

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has plenty of parking, it’s just not publicly accessible. That was what a study, commissioned by the South East Chicago Commission and carried out by T. Y. Lin International, found. Jim Considine, chief planner with T. Y. Lin International, presented the results at the 53rd Street Tax Increment(…)

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion. Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of(…)

Hyde Park Art Center turned over to students

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will hold a reception for a student-curated exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit’s theme, “Mind the Gap,” explores spaces between objects and people. Nine students from the Curatorial Practices course, part of(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacated Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement July 22 stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Program serves local, adventuresome youth

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In an effort to develop new teaching methods, an initiative of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is hosting more than 70 teenagers from local high schools for a free summer gaming program, titled “Project S.E.E.D.,” through Aug. 7. Project S.E.E.D., which stands for Story Engineering and Enabling(…)

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Paul Abraham’s “Ball at the Savoy” (original German title: “Ball im Savoy”) is a frisky, frothy concoction jam-packed with soaring melodies, uproarious ditties, grand dance numbers and lots of wholesome fun. Chicago Folks Operetta’s American premiere is a splendid way to spend a summer evening; you’re likely to come(…)

Review: “This Is Our Youth”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through July 27 Tickets: $20-482 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been working on thinking of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” as Chekhov for the slacker generation. This isn’t as farfetched as it may seem. Like Chekhov, Lonergan exposes the existential angst(…)

Review: “The Dance of Death”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 The three characters in August Strindberg’s 1900 “The Dance of Death” are nasty pieces of work—and that’s putting it mildly. Factor in the new version by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Henry Wishcamper’s direction, a trio of(…)

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler is the new assistant principal of Murray Elementary School. She was selected for the position after the previous assistant principal Youlanda Snowden retired at the end of the school year. Butler began as the assistant principal (A.P.) on July 1 at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. The(…)

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory, the new restaurant and music venue from Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman, will open today. Promontory, located inside the old Borders building at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, will have a 300-seat capacity restaurant on the first floor and a 600 standing-room music venue on the second floor.(…)