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More delays for Whole Foods

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods has said it does not expect to open its Hyde Park store until 2016, but the developer says construction is on schedule. Whole Foods will open its neighborhood location early in 2016, a full two years after the store was initially scheduled to open, once City Hyde Park’s(…)

U. of C. building library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has appointed a Community Advisory Board for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The board “is comprised of prominent South Side community leaders who, over the course of their careers, have demonstrated an enduring commitment to strengthening the quality of life on the South Side of Chicago(…)

Coming together to support the young

Coming together to support the young

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will host a discussion about young, African American males on Feb. 15. The symposium, “Black Young Men in America: Rising Above Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma and Educational Disparities,” will discuss how to effectively(…)

U. of C. contractor picked

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago chose McShane Construction Company to design and build the new Facilities Services shop at 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The 86,616-square-foot building will allow Facilities Services to consolidate its operations and staff into one location. The new building will house landscaping equipment, structural mechanics, residential, paint,(…)

BankFinancial move costly

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Consolidation of BankFinancial’s e-branch with its main location at 1354 E. 55th St. cost $100,000, according to the company’s latest financial report. BankFinancial’s Hyde Park East branch, located at 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., was converted into a teller-less bank in spring 2012. It was closed last January because of(…)

Review: “Luna Gale”

Review: “Luna Gale”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 23 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Playwright Rebecca Gilman is a master of audience manipulation. She’s amazingly adept at fleshing out a complicated social problem with well-conceived, often flawed characters, then letting its complexity unfold in such a way(…)

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The long-awaited Plein Air Cafe will open next door to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on March 1, according to co-owner Soo Choi. Construction on the 40-seat cafe at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. is complete and the necessary permits have been obtained. Finishing touches are finally being made to the eatery,(…)

Review: “The Barber of Seville”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through Feb. 28 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of “The Barber of Seville” is suffused with gaiety, sparkle and laughs. Its sets and costumes effectively transport you to another time and place. The singing is entrancing. But what(…)

University of Chicago advisory board picked for library bid

University of Chicago advisory board picked for library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has appointed a Community Advisory Board for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The board “is comprised of prominent South Side community leaders who, over the course of their careers, have demonstrated an enduring commitment to strengthening the quality of life on the South Side of Chicago(…)

Bond agencies watch U. of C.

Bond agencies watch U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Two of the big three credit rating agencies took moves that may result in lower credit ratings for the University of Chicago. Both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Services revised their outlook on the U. of C.’s bond and debt ratings from stable to negative last week. S&P will(…)

Chicago Free School launches discussion

Chicago Free School launches discussion

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School is hosting a community forum Feb. 8 at Augustana Lutheran Church for a discussion titled, “Envisioning the Chicago Free School.” The Chicago Free School, which recently announced that it will launch its school at Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., in August, is inviting prospective students,(…)

Harper Court restaurants near opening

Harper Court restaurants near opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Two new restaurants will open in Harper Court at either the end of February or early March. Porkchop, a barbeque and whiskey-focused restaurant, will open at 1516 E. Harper Ct., once construction is finished. Porkchop’s food truck has been a frequent site on campus in the last year. “It’s going(…)

Vue53 suit tossed by judge

Vue53 suit tossed by judge

Vue53 suit tossed by judge By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park residents who filed a lawsuit to stop the development of a 13-story tower at the former McMobil site hit a snag last week when a judge dismissed their case. The suit was filed in in August in response to a zoning change(…)

Nichols Park council elections coming

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Nichols Park Advisory Council will hold an election at its next meeting, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the park’s field house. The election will be for council chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and a director. All council members may vote. Qualification for membership requires(…)

Review: “The Phantom of the Opera”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through March 2 Tickets: $23-$115 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” won’t be disappointed by Cameron Mackintosh’s new touring version at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Although the economics of touring may have dictated some(…)

Spunky, sparkling quintets

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Ensemble is in its 37th season of presenting chamber music to Hyde Park audiences. One of the keys to its success is the programming of infrequently heard, oft-times unknown musical works. Artistic director Gerald Rizzer (also one of the founders of the group and its pianist) has(…)

Review: “Tom Jones”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Feb. 23 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I don’t know if Artistic Director BJ Jones had escape from brutal weather in mind when he chose “Tom Jones” for Northlight Theatre’s mid-winter production, but the play, adapted by Jon Jory from Henry(…)

Ancona revisits diversity at event

Ancona revisits diversity at event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host its second annual Diversity Symposium on March 1. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenges of diversity. This year’s discussion will focus on diversity on a broader level by exploring the many faces, misconceptions(…)

Locals take control of presidential library bid

Locals take control of presidential library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement came on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

By Homa Bash Medill News Serice Casell Lewis winds his way around the newly opened restaurant effortlessly, running up and down stairs from the prep area to the kitchen countless times each shift. “Your glutes will thank me,” said Chef John Vermiglio, laughing as he dashes by. Every inch of the kitchen is buzzing as(…)