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McMobil topic of forum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference will host a discussion on the planned development for the McMobil site at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will include information from zoning(…)

Funding sought for 57th Street mural

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Donations to the 57th Street Underpass Mural Project, which entails the installation of panel mosaics in the west underpass connecting Jackson Park to the Museum of Science and Industry, could receive a partly matching contribution by 3Arts, a Chicago non-profit organization promoting area artists. The project will obtain(…)

Players have a new complex

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) have collaborated with the University of Chicago Classical Entertainment Society to present their first play together “Oedipus! The Musical!” “It’s Mel Brooks writing a parody of Oedipus with songs by Weird Al Yankovic,” said writer John Poole. The show is a modern parody of(…)

Harper Avenue shooting leaves one dead, one injured

The Chicago Police Department is reporting one man dead and another injured following a shooting inside an apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue last night after midnight. At approximately 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, two males were standing in a hallway in an apartment building when they were approached by a third(…)

Review: “The Birthday Party”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through April 28 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The first — and best — production of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” I ever saw was at Court Theatre in 1978, in what was then the New Theatre in Mandel Hall. It(…)

Hairston releases sample ballot for participatory budget vote

Hairston releases sample ballot for participatory budget vote

A sample ballot for ward improvement items to be selected by popular vote by 5th Ward residents was released this afternoon. On it are items that were presented at the recent expo days, ranging from mural creation to bike lanes to street repair. Residents can visit http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/137989948?access_key=key-2o71qhtv7mbi5feftt97 to see a complete list of the range(…)

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Making the case for keeping Canter Middle School open

By HANNAH HAYES On behalf of HYDE PARK CARES Canter Middle School is a key school in this community and one among 54 proposed to be closed with very serious consequences for our children. It is clear from the testimony over the last few weeks that Canter is a school that works – for the(…)