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Part 1: Lake Park Avenue, at 47th Street

Part 1: Lake Park Avenue, at 47th Street

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS In its earliest days, 47th Street bore no likeness to the busy commercial thoroughfare it is today. Nor was it a dividing line between communities; rather it was social center of a quiet, well-to-do residential community. The evolution was a gradual one. The street, lined with elegant single-family homes, was widened,(…)

Introducing a new series to the Herald

Introducing a new series to the Herald

After land clearance in the 1950s, and during the huge urban renewal project that followed, the character of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community was greatly changed. Wide expanses of open land were created by the demolition of crowded, decaying buildings on Lake Park Avenue and in the business districts along 47th, 51st, 53rd, 55th, and 57th(…)

Harper Court celebrated

Harper Court celebrated

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Above photo: Left to right: Anthony Beach (General Manager, Hyatt Chicago-South / University), David Cocagne (President and CEO, Vermilion Development Corporation), Robert J. Zimmer (President, University of Chicago), Ald. Will Burns (4th), Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, City of Chicago), and Andrew J. Mooney (Commissioner, Department Housing and Economic Development, City of Chicago)(…)

Review: “Madama Butterfly”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: Through Jan. 26 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago has a new production of “Madama Butterfly.” It’s simple, it’s pretty and it’s effective. The sets and costumes by Christopher Oram and the stage direction by Louisa Muller (of a revival originally(…)

Review: “Compulsion”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Next Theatre Company, Noyse Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston When: Through Nov. 17 Tickets: $30-$40 Phone: 847-475-1875 ext. 2 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Some people are so aggressive, so adversarial and so driven to be their own worst enemy that it’s hard to have much sympathy for them. Such(…)

Chabad offering meals

The Rohr Chabad Center will distribute meals to seniors and residents unable to attend a family or group dinner this Thanksgiving. Featured fare will include roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, a dinner roll and pumpkin pie. To anonymously suggest a meal recipient, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago(…)

Farmer’s market becomes year-round event

The 61st Street Farmers Market has moved indoors through the remainder of its season and will be inside the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The market will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 14 and every fourth Saturday through April. It will be closed on Nov. 30.

Bette Cerf Hill awarded at luncheon

Bette Cerf Hill, founder of the Young Women’s Leadership School of Chicago and wife of Herald publisher Bruce Sagan, was an honoree at the 2013 Personal PAC Annual Awards Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 4. Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee, held the luncheon at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., which national Planned Parenthood(…)