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Co-op ends Newberry stint

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore recently ended its relationship with the Newberry Library. For 15 years the Co-op has managed the library’s downtown bookstore, 60 W. Walton St., but as of Nov. 1, Newberry took over management. “In talking with them about our future it made the most sense for the(…)

Diehards fight for Canter

Diehards fight for Canter

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Parkers aren’t through fighting to keep Canter Middle School open. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee voted to explore forming a Community Action Council (CAC) at its meeting Wednesday night at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. A CAC would consist of community(…)

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Although there are no immediate plans to move forward on the building of the Solstice on the Park condominiums, Antheus Captial plans to honor its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land(…)

SSA under committee review

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council Committee on Finance will hear arguments for and against creating a Special Service Area (SSA) on 53rd Street. The Finance committee will have a public meeting to discuss the creation of SSA 61, which would levy an additional property tax, along the 53rd Street business corridor and(…)

Big week for Harper Court

Big week for Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Office tenants will begin moving into Harper Court this week, just ahead of the project’s grand opening. Administrative personnel from the information technology services, alumni relations and facilities services departments will all begin moving into the office tower, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Nov. 7. The moves should be complete(…)

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Second District Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) visited Hyde Park Monday morning for her first event in the neighborhood open to the press since being elected in April. Kelly’s weeklong Economic Development Tour focusing on businesses and jobs began at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde(…)

Exhibit at Open Produce

Exhibit at Open Produce

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce will host an opening reception for a new exhibit at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow. The show is the latest in the store’s monthly series of on-site art exhibits, inaugurated last July and founded by(…)

Student wins award

Student wins award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A student at St. Thomas the Apostle School won first place in Hyde Park Bank’s “Why I Love My School” essay contest. Hyde Park Bank President Mike McGarry will visit St. Thomas the Apostle School at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, to personally congratulate 4th grader Dika Chidame for(…)

Kenwood basketball coach pushes excellence

Kenwood basketball coach pushes excellence

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Jim Maley Position: Head Boy’s Varsity Basketball Coach School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Conference: Public League Red Central Previous Record: 5-4 conference, 15-12 overall Current Record: 0-0 conference, 0-0 overall Previous Ranking: No. 4 Current Ranking: No. 1 Jim Maley is currently entering his third season as the head boy’s varsity basketball coach and is a former graduate(…)

Teacher reaches out to Hyde Park for new program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Educator Lauren Beitler held a meeting for Hyde Park parents Tuesday night to survey interest in the start of a school that emphasizes a democratic process. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, was a middle school teacher at several schools on(…)

Review: “Cyrano de Bergerac”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $48-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If what you remember most about Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac is the tragic Cyrano-Roxane-Christian love triangle, the current production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater will come as a surprise.  Using a translation/adaptation by Anthony Burgess,(…)

Review: “The North China Lover”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $36-$70 Phone: 312-337-0665  Might as well admit it: I don’t really “get” Marguerite Duras. Maybe that’s why I can appreciate the care and complexity of Lookingglass Theatre Company’s world premiere stage version of “The North China Lover,” but(…)

Review: “Northanger Abbey”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $37.50-52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 If you’re looking for light-hearted entertainment with a literary bent, Remy Bumppo’s lively production of “Northanger Abbey” is a good bet. Adapted by Brit Tim Luscombe and directed by Joanie Schultz, Jane(…)

Review: Don’t look back

What: Chicago Opera Theater’s “Orpheus and Euridice” by Ricky Ian Gordon Where: Eckhart Park Pool, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. When: Through Nov. 10 Phone: 312-704-8414 Web: chicagooperatheater.org Call for ticket prices By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Greek myth isn’t what it used to be. And by that I don’t mean the stories have changed, only(…)

Local man charged in April murder

A Hyde Park man was charged with a murder that took place in April on the 1000 block of West 51st Street. Kevin Culverson, 21, of the 700 block of East 50th Place, was charged with first- degree murder and Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered him held on $1.5 million in the death of 15-year-old(…)

Police searching for shooter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have no new information of the man who was shot on Sunday, Oct. 27. CPD said an unnamed man was shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including a wound to the head. He was taken to(…)

School of dance’s “Nutcracker”

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) concludes its 20th anniversary season with its annual Nutcracker performances in December. This year’s production features a record 170 dancers and, as special guests in the role of Mother Ginger, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wallace Goode. Performances are Dec. 14(…)

Camp Douglas subject of discussion

David Keller, managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation, will speak at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5229 S. Lake Park Ave. Keller will discuss the history and group’s archaeological study of the Camp Douglas civil war prison, according to the society. More than 25,000 soldiers were trained(…)

After small glitch, Jackson locked up

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to prison last week, four days early. Jackson was ordered by the court to report to the federal correctional center in Butner, N.C., on Nov. 1. He was initially turned away when he attempted to report on Monday, Oct. 28. He was(…)

“… and they put up a parking lot”

To the Editor: It’s certainly been a bad year for old Hyde Park buildings. First, the University of Chicago’s Ingleside Hall went down and now MAC is planning to bulldoze three luxury 1892 rowhouses from the Columbian Exposition era now standing on the 5100 block of Harper. All fine buildings, one sacrificed to a big(…)