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Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated(…)

Vandervoort recognized for service

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Jackson Park Advisory Council has awarded its first “Golden Lady Volunteer of the Year Award” to Hyde Parker Fran Vandervoort. In her case, though, it’s being called the “volunteer of the decades” award. Vandervoort has been volunteering for JPAC since 2004, when she returned to the parks after working(…)

Writer explores Prairie School’s Barry Byrne in new book

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Author Vincent Michael will return to Chicago, Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, to discuss and sign his book “The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe.” Byrne was a radical architect who was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and was inspired by Louis Sullivan. A(…)

Readers support Hales co-ed choice

Hales is changing, and Herald readers like it. As recently reported in the Herald, Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is accepting young women as students for the first time since its founding in the 1960s. Shortly after breaking the news of the transition, the Herald asked readers to participate in a(…)

U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Davis’ Hyde Park book sets standard

To the Editor: Thirty-five years ago, the University of Chicago Press published Jean Block’s “Hyde Park Homes” and it became the benchmark for community standards, preservation significance, even real estate values. The press now has published the next benchmark: Susan Davis’s “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” listing 910 buildings and 141 architects. It establishes the enduring(…)

Deadly birds? Here we go again

To the Editor: Was it just yesterday when complaints rained in that peregrines — a handsome falcon only recently rescued from extinction — were wiping out local populations of pigeons and monk parakeets? Today the villains seem to be Cooper’s hawks, now reported to be damaging birds in Nichols Park. I will respond as I(…)

Hyde Park is becoming a mess

To the Editor: What a mess my old neighborhood, Hyde Park, has become. At least it’s that way driving along 55th Street. It’s like an obstacle course with all kinds of marked lines on the pavement, little poles sticking up and cars parked where there used to be a lane for traffic. I saw a(…)

Chicago center struggling

Chicago center struggling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago has been at the center of a national debate about gun violence for months. The city’s regular appearances for its violence in the national media has earned Chicago a reputation that is harming the Chicago Center, a Hyde Park-based urban studies program. The Chicago Center for Urban Life and(…)

Review: “Slowgirl”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Sept. 1 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” shows just how good a quiet little two-character play can be in the hands of the right director and actors. Sensitively directed(…)

Review: Grant Park festival draws to a memorable close

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Another season of the Grant Park Music Festival has come to a close, and it could not have happened on a more pleasant evening, as thousands filled the Pritzker Pavilion, the Great Lawn and other parts of Millennium Park. GPMF artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar kicked off(…)

Historical Society teaches writing

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s Oral History Committee will present a writing workshop Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, led by a University of Chicago student, will teach participants skills for writing memoir and personal essays. Short lectures and break-out sessions have been planned for the day, hosted by Congregation Rodfei Zedek,(…)

Work study

Work study

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute’s exhibit “Our Work: Modern Jobs — Ancient Origins” opened on Aug. 20 and will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit explores the correlation of the modern workplace to its ancient origins. Highlights of the exhibit at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 5th St., include portraits feature(…)

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E. 53rd St., has closed permanently. The restaurant’s lease expired, and Mac Properties spokesman Peter Cassel is remaining mum regarding the tenant that will replace it. Cassel claimed the owner of the store, and not Mac, was responsible for the failure to renew the lease. A sign(…)

Thanks to Hyde Park from Mobil gas

To the Editor: As owner and operator of the Mobil station on 53rd Street, it has been my pleasure to be involved in the Hyde Park community for last eight years. As many people know by now, I will be closing this Mobil location on Aug. 12. I did not want to do so without(…)

Review: An evening of unworldly music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Schubert’s stirring Mass in E-flat Major was the major work on the Grant Park Music Festival’s program Saturday night. Artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar presided over a large force: full orchestra, big chorus and five soloists. The results were splendid. Kalmar found all the majesty and glory(…)

DuSable Museum celebrates Black marriage

Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will be celebrating Black marriages with “Jumpin’ The Broom!” The event will showcase Chicago steppin’ demonstrations, instruction and interactive dancing. Movies in the Parks will present the 2011 film, “Jumping The Broom!” at 8:30 p.m. For(…)

Hyde Park Bank holding school drive

Hyde Park Bank is holding a school-supply drive until August 24th. Donors can bring colored pencils, spiral notebooks, dictionaries and other supplies to Hyde Park Bank locations, and will be entered into a raffle with a $50 Target gift card prize.

MAPSCorps to present work

MAPSCorps, an eight-week science and community service summer internship program, will be hosting its final presentation on Thursday August 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club, 1212 East 59th St. The University of Chicago undergraduates involved in the program will be presenting their experiences working with the community’s high school(…)

University to discuss new building at meeting

The University of Chicago will host a community meeting to discuss the North Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons, the dorm replacing Pierce Hall. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Chicago Booth School of Business, room C25, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The new residence hall will be three(…)