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Locals release housing study

By LINDSAY WELBERS and ANDREW HOLZMAN Staff Writer and Herald Intern A low-income family with two children will have a heck of a time finding an apartment to rent in Hyde Park. The Coalition for Equitable Community Development released the “Hyde Park-South Kenwood Affordable Rental Housing Market Study” on Saturday at its annual meeting. The(…)

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected. Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between(…)

City Hyde Park gets $11.3M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The developers of City Hyde Park had their request for $11.3 million in tax increment financing approved by the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council at its Jan. 25 meeting. The $11.3 million will be used to help fund a $22 million gap in funding for the(…)

New a capella group debuts at Rockefeller

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant-to-the-editor Choir group Chicago a capella will gives the debut performance for its new program, “Spirit/Breath/Voice,” Saturday, Feb. 9 at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 8 p.m. The concert, a combination of religious and secular music performed by the choir of 10, will include works by renaissance Italian composer Tomas(…)

New 53rd Street needs Artisans 21

To the Editor: The planning for the McMobil plot is an important consideration for the future of our pedestrian shopping thoroughfare: 53rd Street. The new glassy Harper Court development looms as a complement to this project. We have not forgotten that Haper Court was created to compensate for the destruction of the 57th Street “art(…)

Review “The Aliens”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through March 3 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 312-943-8722 If you think of Annie Baker’s “The Aliens” as a trio of interconnected character studies, the two-hour-long Chicago premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre may be tolerable. But if you’re expecting a play with anything resembling(…)

Review “Other Desert Cities”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 17 Tickets: $25-$86 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Family secrets are at the core of “Other Desert Cities,” but what drives Jon Robin Baitz’s old-fashioned well-made play are the political and personal conflicts among the characters and a potent moral(…)

Celebrating Dr. King, President Obama and Black Liberation

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critics Inauguration Sunday found Music in the Loft hosting a sold-out recital that honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., commemorated the second inauguration of Barack Obama and celebrated the notable successes of African Americans in fighting oppression. The program of all American music was created and performed by(…)