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Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Chicago lawyer spearheading the redesign of Jackson Park revealed new details at a Thursday talk at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Patricia O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will guide the redesign of Jackson Park in accordance with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1895 plan for(…)

New local schools group officially forms

New local schools group officially forms

Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC). As a CAC the Hyde Park community will develop strategic plans for elementary and high schools within the boundaries of Robinson Elementary, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., to the north; Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., to the west; Carnegie Elementary, 1414(…)

Kenwood student a star

Kenwood student a star

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Kyndal Buchanan will receive the “Rising Star” award at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual gala. DuSable’s “Night of 100 Stars Gala” will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday April 5 at the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S.(…)

Charge, bond set in infant murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with the murder of his 3-week-old daughter after she died at Comer Children’s Hospital from injuries resulting from repeated shaking. Jose Garcia, 28, was arrested initially after his daughter was admitted to Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., at 2:45 p.m. on March(…)

Native Foods latest place to open in Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Vegan restaurant Native Foods, 1518 E. Harper Ct., became the most recent business to open in Harper Court. Native Foods was established in 1994 in California. The Harper Court restaurant is the company’s second in the Chicago area. Native Foods serves organic, meat- and dairy-free entrees for around $10. l.welbers@hpherald.com.(…)

Akiba-Schechter to honor its own at gala event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special toast will be given in honor of Rebecca Berenson Kirstein,(…)

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Lost Hyde Park: Preserving “creatively and constructively”

Lost Hyde Park: Preserving “creatively and constructively”

Respected Hyde Park Alderman Leon Despres had long argued for preservation, believing that while it is not possible to preserve every old building, it was necessary to do all one could to preserve “creatively and constructively.” Despres thought protecting historic urban areas required making some sacrifices, yet was a “sign of a society’s cultural maturity.”(…)

Review: “Rusalka”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through March 13 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic More than a century after it first premiered in Prague, Lyric Opera of Chicago has at last brought “Rusalka” to the Civic Opera House. Dvorak’s greatest opera is both beautiful and thought-provoking with Lyric’s treatment of(…)

Review: “The How and the Why”

RECOMMENDED Where: Timeline Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 6 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Sarah Treem’s “The How and the Why” is a combination of the captivating and the contrived. On the one hand, the writer, whose credits include HBO’s “In Treatment” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,”(…)

Institute of Politics announces fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its six spring quarter fellows: Roger Simon, Politico columnist Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee David S. Muir, former director of political strategy for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Ana Marie Cox, founding editor of Wonkette Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South(…)

Kracke memorial announced

A memorial service will take place this Friday for Waud H. Kracke, a Hyde Park resident and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) professor of anthropology who died on Dec. 31. The service will be held at 10 a.m. in room I-470 of UIC’s Richard M. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St. Donations in Kracke’s(…)

Local to perform in production

A Hyde Park native will be featured in a stage production of “American Myth,” the story of a college professor who is accused of lying about his participation in the Vietnam War. Stephen Key will be featured in the role of Mitch Kopitsky. For more information, visit americanbluestheater.com.

Update on pricey park project

A Chicago attorney seeking to develop a new framework plan and $10 million visitors center for Jackson Park will share his latest update with the public at a talk this week. Robert W. Karr Jr. will discuss Jackson Park and its Japanese garden in a lecture hosted by Friends of the Parks at 12:15 p.m.(…)

Seniors: Drop In, work out

The Chicago Hyde Park Village will host two guests from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Wednesday at it’s bimonthly Drop-In at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Wellness coach Randi Kant will lead an exercise session, followed by a lunch and an improvisation workshop with Hyde Park Community Players member Dan Friedrich. Participants will(…)

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood students Regan Allen and Ryan Stratton are two of 18 students who were chosen as members of the Chicago Public Schools Student Advisory Council (SAC). CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she established the council so that they could share ideas from a student perspective with CPS senior leadership.(…)

Lab principal resigns

Lab principal resigns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Swainson has resigned from her position as the University of Chicago Laboratory (Lab) Middle School principal. Her term will end in June. In her resignation letter to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St., Swainson, who has been the middle school principal since 2012,(…)

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) cancelled its requests for proposals (RFP) for real estate brokerage services just two days after it was released. Several of the schools on the list, including Canter Middle School, were not yet closed. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, CPS released the invitation, which included the property(…)

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Annual Benefit at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave. The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special tribute will be given to(…)

The Great Frame Up is going strong

To the Editor: After 13 years, Mr. Mark Jelke the owner of The Great Frame Up on 53rd Street is still in business and doing better than ever. Mr. Jelke’s store, The Great Frame Up has however made a slight change in location. He is now on 53rd St. between Dunkin Donuts and Papa John’s(…)