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Stony naming for Brazier has many flaws

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) Dear Alderman Hairston: I will be unable to attend the community meeting mentioned in your newsletter about renaming S. Stony Island Avenue. I am opposed to renaming it, for the late Bishop Arthur Brazier or for anyone else, however deserving. My reasons are(…)

McMobil project remains in shadow

To the Editor: The McMobil proponents (the University of Chicago and Mesa Development) have deliberately misled the public on the shadows of McMobil. Ald. Will Burns (4th) has gone along with this and refused to get Mesa to produce a more complete and telling shadow study. Mesa produced a “shadow study” for the 53rd Street(…)

Theater review misses point of play

To the Editor: I am writing in regard to the theatre review written by Ms. Anne Spiselman on “Pullman Porter Blues” currently running at the Goodman Theatre. I have been a season ticket holder for some 30 years and this play is one of the best ever run at the Goodman. The staging was exquisite,(…)

University not talking straight about plans

To the Editor: The Herald’s Oct. 2 article on the lawsuit filed by neighborhood residents who object to the university’s proposed high-rise at the McMobil site included a statement by Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for the University of Chicago’s Department of Civic Engagement. According to Ms. Coleman, there were “a series of workshops that(…)

Review: “4000 Miles”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the program notes for the Chicago premiere of “4000 Miles” at Northlight Theatre, playwright Amy Herzog explains that Vera Joseph, the feisty octogenarian grandmother in whose(…)

Review: “The Crownless King”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 20 Tickets: $20-$40 Phone: 773-769-3832 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic At one point in “The Crownless King,” the second part of The House Theatre of Chicago’s fantasy-adventure trilogy that started last year with “The Iron Stag King,” our royal hero,(…)

Used book sale this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 12 and 13, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14., in the courtyard at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. This year’s(…)

Harper building gets new owner

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A mixed-use apartment building where a man was shot dead last spring has been sold to a developer who plans to beef up security in the building, but not rehab it extensively. Mike Noeh spoke at the 53rd Street TIF District Monday, Sept. 30, about plans for the property. To(…)

HPHS seeks nominations

HPHS seeks nominations

The Hyde Park Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Oct. 28. The awards will be presented at the Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual dinner on Feb. 2 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Past Paul Cornell Award recipients include Hyde Park Herald(…)

Memorial this Friday for Hyde Parker Jason Bruce

A memorial will be held for late Hyde Park attorney and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alum Jason Bruce at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St.

New stores open doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Three stores celebrated their opening in Hyde Park last week. Ulta Beauty, a salon and beauty retailer, celebrated its grand opening on Friday at 5228 S. Lake Park Ave., after a week-long soft opening. Ulta is one of Harper Court’s anchor tenants. Sir & Madame, 1504 E. 53rd St., also(…)

Ray, Murray in school news

Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., hosts a bike to school day Ray Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association will sponsor a bike to school event for International Bike and Walk to School Day on Oct. 9. Adults will lead two walking/biking school buses to Ray School at 8 a.m. that morning.   Parents can drop students(…)

Against naming Stony for Brazier

To the Editor: I am writing as a concerned citizen of the 5th Ward in opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed change of South Stony Island Avenue to Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Avenue. I question the mayor’s basic premise (as reported in the Sept. 18 Herald), that the renaming of Stony Island will bring honor(…)

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Master curator and bibliophile Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, will retire from his self-described “dream job” at the top academic bookstore Sunday, more than 40 years after he began work there as a part-time employee. “It’s been a spectacular life. I’ve gotten to know(…)

Demo to begin for City HP

Demo to begin for City HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old buildings at the Village Shopping Center should be demolished in coming weeks. Peter Cassel, director of community development for Antheus Capital, told the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council on Monday, Sept. 30, that the buildings should be gone by the end of the year. Construction on the 17-story(…)

Auto break-in suspects apprehended

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department arrested two men in separate incidents relating to the string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks in Hyde Park. One man was arrested on the 5400 block of Ridgewood Court and another arrested on the 4900 block of Greenwood Avenue on Oct. 2. Both(…)

Hyde Park parents criticize CPS’s 10-year plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents in Hyde Park who reviewed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) final version of its 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan said their concerns were not addressed. In July CPS sent Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for CPS, to Hyde Park with its first draft of the Educational Facilities Master Plan.(…)

Police search for assailant

Police search for assailant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the 5900 block of Cornell Avenue. During the assault, which occurred on the edge of Jackson Park at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday Oct., 1, a man was walking down the street with his genitals exposed when he(…)

Health Forum

A questions and answers session and panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. The event, entitled “A Community Health Forum: How the Affordable Care Act Affects Older Adults and the Uninsured,” will give(…)

Suit filed over Vue53 site

Suit filed over Vue53 site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of(…)