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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(…)