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Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will kick off its 75th anniversary year programming this week. Founded in Hyde Park in 1939, HPAC had several homes — including the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. — before settling into its current address at 5520 S. Cornell Ave in(…)

Jewish during Jim Crow

Jewish during Jim Crow

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the 1930s, some Jewish professors from Germany and Austria who fled to America to avoid Nazism found teaching positions at historically Black colleges and universities in the South during the time of Jim Crow “separate but equal” segregation laws. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting(…)

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with about 100 college leaders from across the country last Thursday, including University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert Zimmer, to discuss a plan to help more high school graduates from low-income households get into college. Zimmer said the(…)

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council approved spending $11.3 million tax increment financing dollars to construct City Hyde Park, a mixed-use complex that would bring Whole Foods to the neighborhood. The $115 million development will include 120,000 square feet of retail, 180 apartments and two levels of parking underground with space for 350(…)

Free school finds fall digs

Free school finds fall digs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The founder of the Chicago Free School announced its new Hyde Park location Wednesday. The staff is also hosting a school-planning meeting in February. “After touring many local churches, we have found exactly what we are looking for at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.,”(…)

SSA established for 53rd St.

SSA established for 53rd St.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City of Chicago has appointed about half of the committee members for the 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA). James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development; Michael McGarry, president at Hyde Park Bank; Mary J. Rogel, owner of East Point Associates; Tony Fox, owner of the Harper Theater; Gregory Guttman,(…)

New head of U. of C. schools effort

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer John W. Gasko has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of UChicago Impact, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s (UEI) not-for-profit arm. He will officially begin his role at the Urban Education Institute on Feb. 17. The UEI, which was founded in 2011, has created several(…)

Folkies history this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a presentation on the history of the University of Chicago Folk Festival this weekend. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., and will feature a panel discussion with former U. of C. Folklore(…)

Looking for improved ward services

To the Editor: My name is Larry A. Green, and I am a new resident to Hyde Park. I must say that it is hard for me to understand the love affair that Hyde Parkers have with their current alderman, Will Burns. The ward does a terrible job with snow removal on the side streets(…)

Antheus greystone turnaround baffles

To the Editor: On July 10, 1892, the Chicago Tribune ran a classified ad for “one 12-room and one 16-room stone residence (new)” at 5112 and 5114 Jefferson. Jefferson Avenue was the original name for Harper Avenue, and this ad is the earliest newspaper mention of the greystone townhouses at 5510-5114 S. Harper, which Antheus Property(…)

Starting the New Year with the Old Year

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic New Year’s resolutions are about looking ahead. But the new year is also a time to try and start out afresh. With that in mind, in this week’s column I catch up on some interesting events late last year which I was unable to review in a timely manner.(…)

Review: “Tribes”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb. 9 Tickets: $20-$82 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nina Raine’s “Tribes” is a very irritating dysfunctional family drama. But in a good way. Mostly. The provocative play is about extremely intelligent British intellectuals who are obsessed with language yet(…)

Review: “Port Authority”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Feb. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 Conor McPherson is a superb storyteller, as anyone who has seen “The Weir,” “Dublin Carol,” “Shining City” or “The Seafarer” knows. Like his other early plays, “Port Authority,” first produced in 2001, shows off his mastery(…)

Zimmer top earning university president

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer was the highest paid head of any U.S. private college in 2011, according to a new list. A ranking of 550 college chief executives, published last month by the Chronicle of Higher Education, shows Robert Zimmer raked in $3,358,723 that year — trouncing Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, who(…)

Hays bridge closer to reality

Hays bridge closer to reality

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board will vote today on the proposal to rename a bridge in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Hyde Park Herald photographer and worked as an environmentalist in the neighborhood until her death in 2007. She photographed Hyde Park before and after Urban Renewal(…)

NY deli in HP

NY deli in HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago Heights restaurant Bergstein’s NY Deli opened its Hyde Park location Monday. The deli’s restaurant at 1164 E. 55th St. will “work the kinks out,” according to owner Bill Davis, before a grand opening later this winter. Manager Josh Widen said the deli will be open from 10 a.m. to(…)

Famous glass homeless

Famous glass homeless

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The stained glass windows that adorned the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) are still searching for a home. The University of Chicago removed many of the stained glass windows during the construction to turn the building into the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The windows were donated to Advocate(…)

One man’s library …

One man’s library …

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When he was given the chance to have lunch with Barack and Michelle Obama, University of Chicago graduate Michael Sorkin thought he should bring a gift. So he drafted a plan that would put the presidential museum in Woodlawn. “I always had an interest in Hyde Park and planning and(…)

Lutherans gain new leader

Lutherans gain new leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology recently named Esther Menn as dean and vice president of academic affairs. Her five-year term began on Jan. 1 and her installation service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St. “The faculty and I are(…)