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Editorial is backward-looking

To the Editor: It’s sad that your great idea for the future of 53rd is just to limit the height of the buildings lining the street. I will readily agree that the late 1940s and early 1950s were, as many people remember, an idealistic time in Hyde Park’s history. You have told Hyde Parkers that(…)

Ingleside Hall merited preservation

To the Editor: In the interests of accuracy, the final phrase of your article (Ingleside Hall demolition, 8/7/13) which now reads, “… the building (is) too altered to be considered for preservation” might have better read, “Given the significant alterations, it’s doubtful the building would qualify for designation as an official Chicago Landmark.” But given(…)

St. Paul connects gardens, youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The congregation of St. Paul and the Redeemer Church spent Sunday afternoon celebrating the culmination of its summer camp in a garden that children in the Hyde Park area helped cultivate. The food garden was built in 2012 with support from KAM Isaiah Israel’s congregation through a grant from(…)

Locals detail solutions for CPS

Locals detail solutions for CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools presented its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan to community members on a recent Thursday evening at a meeting hosted by Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES). CPS officials will meet with several community groups citywide to present the 10-year plan, which is required by(…)

“Aida” shines at Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The stars twinkled above Ravinia Park on Saturday. The pavilion stage was also full of stars, as James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a marvelous collection of soloists in a concert performance of Verdi’s “Aida.” Soprano Latonia Moore made her Ravinia debut, singing the title role with(…)

World’s fair subject of Regenstein exhibit

The University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center began displaying souvenirs from both the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair and the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition last week. The items will be on display through Oct. 5 in the exhibition gallery, 1100 E. 57th St. The collection, and its web-based companion exhibit, is based(…)

Wright volunteers needed

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is calling for interpreter volunteers to lead tours at the Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Interpreter training will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 at the Robie House. Those interested in volunteering are asked to participate in a 60-minute orientation(…)

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(…)