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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(…)

Save the 47th Street fitness complex

To the Editor: Hyde Park has a wonderful asset which we might lose. For the past several months, rumors have spread about the property at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Currently, it houses the following facilities: XS Tennis, an indoor tennis club, LA fitness and the University of Chicago Physical Therapy and Advocate Health Outpatient(…)

University concern about input hollow

To the Editor: So the South East Chicago Commission is now conducting a traffic study “as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops.” I applaud the volunteer spirit of the community members who will serve on the committee. But the concerns about traffic were raised at the first Visioning Workshop in 2007, so why(…)

Ray will discuss state of school

The Ray “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Toni Hill, interim principal at Ray, will deliver the address. The school’s local school council meeting has been rescheduled and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Parents interested in sending their children to William H. Ray(…)

Scary rumors trafficking in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some Hyde Parkers heard quite a scary story this Halloween. Rumors started flying that the University of Chicago and the South East Chicago Commission were planning to block all vehicular traffic from 53rd Street. The SECC’s 53rd Street Twitter feed, @HydePark53, tweeted Thursday afternoon “How would you feel if east(…)

Editorial: 53rd Street must also incubate local business

When Hyde Park was preparing for the dramatic remaking of the neighborhood that came to be known as Urban Renewal in the 1950s, offices for the City of Chicago were established on the second floor of the Harper Building on the northwest corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. There, the ambitions of civic leaders(…)