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SECC backs McMobil development

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development LLC, the developers of the proposed high-rise at the McMobil site across from Nichols Park Dear Mr. Hanson: The South East Chicago Commission has been involved in leading and facilitating visioning workshops in which members of the Hyde Park community have(…)

Oriental Institute taking kids on dig

The Oriental Institute (OI), 1155 E. 58th St., will once again bring Chicago high school students on one of its digs in Israel. The OI High School program will take students from Rowe-Clark High School, 3645 W. Chicago Ave., on a dig. Students learn about Israel and the Middle East, as well as archaeology. The(…)

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be featured as one of the “10 Buildings that Changed America,” in PBS’ similarly titled program. The WTTW production airing at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, includes the home, constructed between 1909 and 1910, alongside such buildings as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s(…)

Spring fling at Chaturanga

A series of free yoga, pilates and dance workshops will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., suite no. 302. Dubbed Spring Fest, the event, which is open to the public, will feature raffle prizes and food, as well as a dance(…)

TIF questions to be answered at Room 43

Hyde Parkers interested in learning more about tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, have the opportunity to ask questions next month. The Concerned TIF 4th Ward Committee will host Tom Tresser, a guest speaker from The Civic lab, in an attempt to answer questions about TIFs. The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. on(…)

Woodlawn summit at SSA

The Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community summit, entitled “We Are One,” will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St., with nationally-syndicated TV judge Greg Mathis as its keynote speaker. The free event, organized by The South East Chicago(…)

Local star returns for film screening

Local star returns for film screening

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Dusan Brown and his family recently returned to Chicago for a special screening of the movie “42.” Brown makes his big screen debut in the movie, which is about baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life as the first African American to play for a major league baseball(…)

K.A.M. gala features “42”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will feature a preview of a future Hyde Park restaurant and a visit to 53rd Street newcomer Harper Theater. K.A.M.’s new rabbi, Frederick Reeves, will attend. Reeves previously served as associate rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta. Matthias Merges will serve food similar to what(…)

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered this week at two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Ray receives interim principal

Ray receives interim principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the school’s monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Hill worked as a scientist at Abbott Labs before starting her second career as an educator and then an(…)

Fifth Ward voting on budget

Fifth Ward voting on budget

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Fifth Ward residents will be the first South Siders to have a voice on how their alderman spends her discretionary menu money. Any Fifth Ward resident aged 16 years or older has the opportunity vote on a variety of proposals that would repair streets, paint murals, alleviate traffic hazards or(…)

Kelly gets HP vote

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Robin Kelly sailed to an easy victory Tuesday in the race for the Second District Congressional seat. Democratic nominee Kelly took nearly 80 percent of the total votes cast in Cook County. She received more than 90 percent within Chicago. In Hyde Park, where 3,487 registered voters are represented in(…)

New race coming to Hyde Park

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Chicago Youth Philanthropy Group, a University of Chicago student organization, is presenting a spring 5K race in Hyde Park Sunday, April 21. The group attempts to facilitate youth leadership on the South Side. The race will begin and end at the U. of C.’s main quadrangle. Partnering with Run(…)

Schools are the foundations of communities

Schools are the foundations of communities

By TIMUEL D. BLACK Recently, I had the honor of receiving Chicago’s inaugural “Champion of Freedom” award in recognition of social justice and civil rights activism. In presenting the award, Mayor Emanuel discussed his personal commitment to social justice and quality education for all. As grateful as I was to receive this honor, I am(…)

Ray gets new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the schools monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Before coming to Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Hill was the principal at Pershing East Elementary School, 3113 S.(…)

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered Monday at the first of two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S.(…)

Reconsidering Canter closure

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Editor’s note: This column was originally published on the Herald website. I share the concern voiced by many in the community about the Chicago Board of Education’s preliminary decision to close Canter Middle School. In terms of becoming the first choice for area middle-schoolers, Canter did not completely(…)

Canter deserves another look

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) As a lifelong Hyde Park resident and parent, I am keenly concerned by the decision to close Canter Middle School, the product of a community vision for our neighborhood’s middle school students. It is not my place as a state legislator to micromanage the affairs of any school district,(…)

Review “Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theater Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 14 Tickets: $32-$42 Phone: 773-281-8463 ext. 6 The exoticism and eroticism of the Far East as seen through the lens of the West, and the boorish misbehavior of Westerners who have no real understanding of the East are two tropes at the center(…)

Review “Othello: The Remix”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 15 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 312-595-5600 By Anne Spiselman Theater Critic Even if you find the idea of hip-hop Shakespeare bizarre, you have to hand it to the Chicago-bred Q Brothers — known as GQ and JQ — for the audacity(…)