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TIF council to discuss Vue53, City Hyde Park

The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. in the little theater. The meeting will have updates on City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital project that would put new housing and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake(…)

Year seven for jazz festival

Year seven for jazz festival

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor This weekend’s seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will feature a healthy mix of veteran and newcomer performers, according to organizers. More than 30 acts will perform at 10 venues spanning the neighborhood, from 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28, and between 1 p.m. and 8(…)

Lab selects new director

Lab selects new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby has been appointed as the new director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Appleby will on July 14, 2014, succeed David Magill, who announced in January that he would retire after 11 years as director. Before coming to Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., Appleby lived in(…)

Reavis joins new schools network

Reavis joins new schools network

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Reavis Elementary School is a part of a newly established network of schools whose administrators and teachers will receive hands-on professional development as a part of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) “reinvestment schools” program. Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., is no longer a part of the Burnham Network School Area(…)

DARE residence to hold flea market

DARE residence to hold flea market

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A fundraiser flea market will take place in the parking lot of the Disabled Adults Residential Enterprises, 1616 E. 55th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The first-ever sale will feature vendors at tables and racks selling a wide variety of wares including(…)

After-school program to be led by SHoP’s Shaeffer

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Community arts center South Side Hub of Production (SHoP) co-founder Laura Shaeffer is organizing Afterschool SHoP Camp, a six-week program for children grades K through 12 beginning Sept. 30 at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave. The “camp” — an acronym, according to Shaeffer for cooking and creativity,(…)

High concept production fails to catch on fire

Where: Harris Theater in Millenium Park When: through Sept. 29 Phone: 312-704-8414 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Opera’s bread and butter has always been the historical drama. Giuseppe Verdi, whose 200th birthday is now being celebrated throughout Chicago, certainly had an output that contains some notable historical operas — “Don Carlos” and “Attila” coming(…)

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after a prominent South Side pastor does not sit well with Hyde Park residents on that street. Emanuel last week proposed renaming Stony Island Avenue from 56th Street to 130th Street after Dr. Arthur M. Brazier, a civic leader and prominent(…)

Music venue for 53rd Street

Music venue for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park should have a new music venue and restaurant by the end of this year. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., will begin serving “hearth-based” food when it opens its doors to patrons and musicians in late 2013, owner Bruce Finkelman said at a Fifth Ward meeting hosted at(…)

Deco building may gain car wash

Deco building may gain car wash

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The owners of a parking garage will request a zoning change to allow it to provide car-washing services on its lower level. The owners of the Deco Arts building, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., will submit a request to rezone the property from B3-5 to C2-5 which attorney Sara K.(…)

We deserve better than McMobil plan

To the Editor: Gee, folks. What’s wrong about the new McMobil to be, huh? What’s all the fuss about? Aside from a full set of excuses, and of shortages, what’s the problem? Well, the problem is massive (13 stories? Here?) and multidimensional. The intended abuse of 53rd Street is unwanted, offensive, congestive, etc., etc., etc.(…)

Battle of the bands at Checkerboard

A “Battle of The Blues” tribute to Muddy Waters will take place at The Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ct., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. All the proceeds from the event will go towards rescuing Waters’ Bronzeville home from the wrecking ball. Admission is free and the winning band’s album will be sold at(…)

Spate of burglaries triggers CPD alert

Police cautioned residents of a spate of burglaries this month in the Hyde Park neighborhood, in a Saturday, Sept. 14, alert released by the Chicago Police Department. Incidents in which offenders trespassed through rear doors or side or rear windows and stole jewelry, tablets, electronics and currency have taken place at: the 5100 and 5400(…)

Burns favors food stamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced a resolution into the City Council on Thursday to voice his support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps. “A great society is judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable citizens —seniors, the disabled, and the(…)

Private company to reopen mental health clinic

A mental health clinic in Woodlawn that was a flashpoint of local controversy when it closed will be reopened within 60 days, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said Saturday. Thresholds, a private mental health provider, will provide mental health services at the former Woodlawn Mental Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. The closure of the clinic(…)

Mum’s the word in September

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park’s annual Mum and Bulb Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. The sale, which is organized by the Hyde Park Garden Fair Commitee, features six different departments: hyacinths and(…)

Local sacred spaces to be toured

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council will bring members of diverse religious traditions together to celebrate their faiths. The interfaith council will host Sharing Sacred Spaces, a series that will open up the doors of a number of Hyde Park houses of worship, and discuss the ways that architecture(…)

End-of-life talk at Montgomery Place

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Bess Schenkier, leader of the Chicago branch of end-of-life advocacy group Compassion and Choices, will speak at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Dr., at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The national non-profit campaigns for an increased range of end-of-life options and offers consultation via phone on such(…)

Hyde Park booster Bruce dies at 49

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Lifetime Hyde Parker and attorney Jason Bruce, 49, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, leaving with his friends and colleagues many fond memories. Bruce practiced law at an office in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., following work as an associate at the downtown firm Jenner(…)

New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National(…)