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Review: “The Birthday Party”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through April 28 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The first — and best — production of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” I ever saw was at Court Theatre in 1978, in what was then the New Theatre in Mandel Hall. It(…)

Hairston releases sample ballot for participatory budget vote

Hairston releases sample ballot for participatory budget vote

A sample ballot for ward improvement items to be selected by popular vote by 5th Ward residents was released this afternoon. On it are items that were presented at the recent expo days, ranging from mural creation to bike lanes to street repair. Residents can visit http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/137989948?access_key=key-2o71qhtv7mbi5feftt97 to see a complete list of the range(…)

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Making the case for keeping Canter Middle School open

By HANNAH HAYES On behalf of HYDE PARK CARES Canter Middle School is a key school in this community and one among 54 proposed to be closed with very serious consequences for our children. It is clear from the testimony over the last few weeks that Canter is a school that works – for the(…)

Some suggested ways to keep Canter

Editor’s note: The following is an open letter addressed to Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Dear Ms. Byrd-Bennett: I have some ideas that might be useful to you regarding the proposed school closings. It is my opinion that not all 50-something schools need to be closed; a precious few, such as Canter Middle School,(…)

McMobil project will help the neighborhood

To the Editor: I am writing to support the proposed development on 53rd Street at the Mobil gas station site. My family resides in Hyde Park, my children attend school in the neighborhood and we all participate in numerous cultural and community activities in the area. In short, Hyde Park is our home and we(…)

Add me to the “pro- McMobil” roster

To the Editor: I am writing to add my name to the many neighbors and businesses that support the proposed “McMobil” site project put forward by Mesa Development. It is wonderful to have a developer with such a strong commitment to quality of community life interested in working in our community on this project and(…)

Ald. Burns, why won’t you fight for Canter?

Dear Ald. Will Burns (4th): I have so many questions concerning school closings and your part in it. I want to ask you why you fought so hard to keep all of the schools in your ward open but Canter. Was Canter the sacrificial lamb? Why are you negotiating plans with CPS before you seek(…)