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Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., will be the topic of a Chicago Architecture Foundation historic tour on Saturday, Sept. 21. Architecture historian Vince Michael will discuss architect Barry Byrne, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who built this first modern Catholic church in Chicago in 1924. The tour meets at the(…)

No. 2 at UCPD moves on

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Tom Phillips, who had been deputy chief with the University of Chicago Police Department, recently left to become police chief at Northern Illinois University. Phillips was named NIU’s police chief on Wednesday, Aug. 28. His initial salary will be $160,000 and extends through June 30, 2014. NIU’s police force is(…)

Why I’m not running for governor

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) First, I want to convey my deep and lasting appreciation to the men and women, from communities throughout the state, who have expressed confidence in my ability to lead Illinois as its next chief executive. I am inspired by their determination to improve life for all our residents, and(…)

Safe passage signs serve little purpose

To the Editor: If you look north on Dorchester Avenue from 55th Street, the first thing that will catch your eye is now no longer the canopy of green trees sheltering the architecture of the old street. Your eyes will instead focus on a half dozen bright yellow signs announcing the street is a “SAFE(…)

Sketches, grownup fun at OI in fall

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute will host a variety of events this fall, including inviting artists to sketch at their will, evening events for just the grown ups and discussions on how the Near East shaped the modern world. Beginning in October, the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will begin offering(…)

DIVVY bikes arrive in Hyde Park

DIVVY bikes arrive in Hyde Park

DIVVY bikes are in Hyde Park. DIVVY, a city initiative run by Atta Bike Share, offers members bikes from automated docks throughout the city, has new locations on 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue and 55th Street, at Woodlawn Avenue and South Shore Drive. A user with an annual membership can swipe a unique key at(…)

New energy program could cost local high-rises

New energy program could cost local high-rises

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A proposed energy reporting ordinance would require many Hyde Park high-rises to make public how much energy they consume and to verify that data, which could cost in the thousands of dollars. Mayor Rahm Emanuel first introduced the ordinance in June. It will come up for a vote at the(…)

No. 28 bus reprises route

No. 28 bus reprises route

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The CTA’s experimental period for the No. 28 bus route began Sunday, Aug. 25, and some Hyde Parkers are delighted. For at least 180 days from then, the bus will use its old route, traveling along Lake Park Avenue instead of turning onto Hyde Park Boulevard. Some residents, especially seniors(…)

Schools face changing times

Schools face changing times

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As the new school year begins, three Hyde Park elementary schools are experiencing the effects of school actions taken by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in efforts to balance its budget. At the end of June, CPS closed about 50 elementary schools across the city in order to balance its(…)

Jazz fest collecting stories

Jazz fest collecting stories

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 7th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Featured as a part of this year’s live jazz performances will be an oral history booth. Each year local and national artists come to the festival and give live shows at venues throughout(…)

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Shoppers in Hyde Park will soon be able to buy belts, shoes and socks right on 53rd Street. Sir & Madam, a Ukrainian Village-based boutique and the latest pop up shop on 53rd Street, plans to open its doors in October. The shop will operate at 1504 E. 53rd St.,(…)

Review: “Fantasie Négre” at the South Shore Cultural Center

By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic The Chicago Music Association was created in March of 1919 to provide a performance venue for classically trained Black musicians who had traditionally been denied access to major concert halls and opera houses throughout the U.S. In July of the same year, musicians from Washington, D.C., met with members(…)

Review: “Next to Normal”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Oct. 6 Tickets: $35-$49 (lunch and dinner packages $50-$74) Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When the touring production of the Broadway hit, “Next to Normal,” came to downtown Chicago in 2011, I found Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt’s(…)

Art gala returning next month

The Hyde Park Art Center will hold its annual fundraising Gala Sept. 28. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. According to an invitation from the Art Center, the gala typically raises $200,000, which helps fund its community art programs. The gala will feature screen(…)

Book fair organizers accepting donations

The Hyde Park Used Book Sale began accepting donations for this year’s event. Donations of used books can be dropped off at Treasure Island’s basement in a watermelon box left at the foot of the stairs or taken directly to the sorting room if somebody is working. Donors who need help transporting the books can(…)

Hyde Park Players announce new auditions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold auditions for a production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play by Christopher Hampton based on the French novel by the same title. The play is a story of intrigue and scandal between French lovers. The auditions will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.(…)

Sculptures on point end tenure

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The sculptures that were on display at Promontory Point for the last year were removed last week after their installation period had ended. The sculptures were placed there last year by Chicago Sculpture International and were granted a permit to be displayed for one year. A spokesperson from the park(…)

African fest opening this weekend

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts will run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., the festival features performances and art centered around the cultures of Africa. Headlining the festival, which draws visitors from across the nation, is Grammy-winner Brandy, or Brandy Norwood, who performs(…)

This old house returns to HP

The Hyde Park Historical Society will hold the second-to-last lectures of its “This Old (Hyde Park) House” series Sept. 22. Carol Yetken, who is a landscape architect, will discuss landscaping a historic house. Yetken has worked on projects for the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., and other landmarks. Another lecturer will assist her. The(…)