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Lutherans go sustainable

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The refectory at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., has been changing the way it does business with a focus on sustainability. Ben Randall, a native of Northern Michigan who worked at Chicago hotels and restaurants before becoming the refectory’s chef, has overseen(…)

Shoreland is landmarked

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Shoreland Hotel, 5454 S. Shore Dr., has been named a landmark by the City Council. Currently being rehabbed to make space for rental apartments, the hotel was once host to Amelia Earhart and Elvis Presley, among other notables. After World War II, when apartment-hotel renters — who provided a(…)

South Siders protest school rules

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Grassroots Education Movement recently testified before Arne Duncan at a U.S. Department of Education hearing in Washington, D.C., on the impact and civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closings and turnarounds of schools serving predominantly low-income, students of color. The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), which has(…)

University to consolidate facilities management

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Facilities Services will be moving out of three separate buildings and into one modern facility at the end of next year. The university recently announced its plans to build an 86,000 square foot, two-story building on the vacant lot at 5201 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The(…)

Burns seeks energy drink sales ban

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) told constituents last week that he supports legislation introduced by Ald. George Cardenas (12th) that would prohibit selling energy drinks to minors. Cardenas, who is the chairman of the City Council Health Committee, introduced the legislation to City Council last year. Burns said he supports the(…)

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Court Theater is moving its rehearsal space from the second story of an old taxicab house to an 8,000-square-foot building that will better mimic their stage and accommodate its costume shop. The former State Farm building on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will be part of the(…)

Locals protest school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) School Utilization hearing for the Mid-South area of the city took place Monday, Feb. 4. The Commission on School Utilization, formed by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, heard testimonies from those representing elementary schools in the area. A large crowd of teachers, principals and parents(…)

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(…)