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MSI uses lot work to go green

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction on the Museum of Science and Industry’s southwest parking lot began on Monday, July 8. The lot, which is where many school buses drop children off for museum visits, will receive upgrades that will improve safety and sustainability. The Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Park District and(…)

HP Village providing summer social space

Starting July 10, the Hyde Park Village will begin hosting bi-weekly drop-in sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., through August. Participants are invited to drop-in at their convenience and stay as long as they like. There is a $5 suggested donation. Activities(…)

Smart features American art

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Smart Museum is hosting an exhibit of American art, “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” through Aug. 25. The show, located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., will feature around 80 works by 34 artists — including photographer Walker Evans and painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler — spanning the(…)

Choice key to aging well

By ANDREW HOLZMAN I am an 18-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, and this is the first in my summer series of columns on aging and retirement in Hyde Park. This summer, I am working for two organizations devoted to seniors, as well as continuing my work writing at the Hyde Park Herald.(…)

McMobil threatens our village

To the Editor: Some time ago, upon meeting a young New Yorker, he asked why I had not been to New York in decades. In response to my comment that I don’t like to visit large cities, he then asked me why I live in Chicago, a large city. I told him that I live(…)

Review: “The Liar”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Tudor Court Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 28 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The production of Pierre Corneille’s “The Liar” at Writers’ Theatre contains the funniest scene I’ve seen this season. It’s a duel between Dorante, the ingratiating pathological liar of the title,(…)

Review: “Yellow Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug 4 Tickets: $35-$60 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic David Greig’s “Yellow Moon” offers all the pleasures of a good story told well. And the Writers’ Theatre production, deftly tucked into the postage-stamp of a theater at the back of(…)

HP Fourth of July parade is this Thursday

“An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July,” the annual Hyde Park parade tradition in which “everybody marches, nobody watches,” is this Thursday, July 4, Independence Day. The parade marchers gather at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., and end in Nichols Park, where there will be entertainment for all.

Shakespeare coming to Nichols Park

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Parkers can pack their picnic blankets and lawn chairs up for the Shakespeare classic, “A Comedy of Errors.” Spectralia theater will bring its production of the play to the area outside the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., on Sunday, July 7. The theater’s program, “Bard(…)

Sketchbook project coming to Hyde Park

The Sketchbook Project mobile library will be making its way to the Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. for a two-day exhibition July 13 and June 14, from noon to 5 p.m. The project will display 4,500 globally crowd-sourced, handmade books. Their mission, to “allow anyone to be able to participate in art,”(…)

Kenwood students excelling

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Graduates of Kenwood Academy High School obtained $13 million in scholarships making it the second most successful high school in the city in gaining scholarships. With the assistance of Post Secondary Coach Lindsay Hunter, 46 percent of the students that graduated this year from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Locals watching meters

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Businesses along the 53rd Street business corridor aren’t too worried that free parking meters on Sunday will harm their businesses, but they aren’t ready to say it won’t either. Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently renegotiated the City of Chicago’s contract with Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that owns the(…)

New leaders named for UCMC, U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago boards of trustees announced new members last week. Emily Nicklin was named chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. Nicklin works as a corporate litigator at Kirkland and Ellis LLP and has been a trustee at the(…)

Longtime Lab educator retires

Longtime Lab educator retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Beatrice Harris, home economics teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Middle School, announced her retirement after 40 years as an educator. She said her goodbyes to the school during her keynote address at the middle school graduation. Harris taught home economics at the Lab School, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago. The long, low wall that extends from the eastern(…)

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The far end of the commercial strip located at the northwest corner of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue will house two new restaurants by this fall. The Nile Restaurant opened its new, roughly 2,600 square foot space on June 14, while Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s NY Deli owner Bill(…)

House returns to Hyde Park

House returns to Hyde Park

By MARIA CASTELLUCCI Herald Intern The 23rd Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion, a daylong celebration of house music hosted by the Chosen Few DJs, will be held July 6 at Jackson Park. The huge event has performances by the Chosen Few DJs, a group of popular house music deejays who came together in the(…)

Local student wins in competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Frank, a 10-year-old violinist who recently completed the fourth grade at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was the First Place Winner in violin at this past weekend’s 43rd Annual Granquist Music Competition. Tenacious study, determination and the right-fit of Frank’s instrument all played a part in her(…)

“Great Controversy” premieres

The Logan Center for the Arts at 915 E. 60th St. will be holding a premiere for the Chicago-based film, “Great Controversy” on June 30 at 6 p.m. The film, a Christian project, is directed by Marc C. Thevenin and features a loose interpretation of the conclusion of the 1858 publication of “The Great Controversy”(…)

Review: “A Cole Porter Songbook”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique, No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through September 1st Tickets: $29-$59 (some prices include dinner) Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Theo Ubique has carved out a niche with cabaret-style revues exploring the repertoire of individual songwriters for the theater ranging from Harold Arlen to Kurt Weill,(…)