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New play group for kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents have a new option for having fun with their kids. Last weekend, Chicago Playpen opened its doors as an environment where children from 6 months to 8-years-old can learn through play. “We specialize in sneaky education,” owner, Anika McNeill said. “A lot of times when kids are(…)

Bulls player chips in

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nazr Mohammed, Chicago Bulls player and Kenwood Academy High School alumnus, will host the Nazr Foundation’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser for charity at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Pazzo’s, 311 S. Wacker Dr. The event will feature an open bar, raffle, music and dancing. Mohammed, who recently returned(…)

Urban Renewal recalled

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers past and present are invited to share their memories of Urban Renewal with each other. The fifth annual Hyde Park Stories program will focus on the events and lasting impressions that urban renewal left on Hyde Park. The University of Chicago led the local initiative of the nation-wide(…)

Local parks getting boost

Local parks getting boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction has begun on the first 50 of 300 of Chicago’s aging playgrounds, which include Harold Washington, Bessie Coleman and Jackson parks. Earlier this month Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District (CPD)  CEO Michael P. Kelly broke ground on a new playground at Harding Playground, 3921 W. Division(…)

Ray Lahood to join Axelrod team

Ray LaHood recently joined the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Board of Advisors. The Institute of Politics is a non-partisan program directed by former Obama Administration senior advisor David Axelrod. The former transportation secretary served under the Obama Administration and was seven-term Illinois Republican congressman. The board also includes New York Times political columnist(…)

“Hall of Khan” closes with a splash

The Hyde Park Art Center will mark the Saturday, July 27 closing of its exhibit by former artist-in-residence Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, “Hall of Khan,” with a horse parade viewing. Hulsebos-Spofford will discuss his work centering around horses at the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., during the first hour of the exhibit’s closing ceremony. Afterward, the(…)

Grant Park Orchestra triumphs in Millenium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last Wednesday, just as the heat wave began to lose steam, it was a perfect night for an outdoor concert. The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park had gentle breezes which wafted the attractive scent of the foliage nearby. It was the perfect accompaniment to the music of the Grant(…)

Review: Review: “The Jungle Book”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Aug. 18 Tickets: $27-$125 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Centering a whole show around a child can be a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s a coming-of-age story requiring the kid to grow and develop emotionally. But when you’re adapting the beloved 1967(…)