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Review: “Henry VIII”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 16 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Seeing “Henry VIII” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. According to the press release, this is the first professional Chicago production in the 400 years since the play made its(…)

Review: A river runs through it

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic June 14, 1933, was a barrier-breaking day: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Frederick Stock, premiered Symphony in E Minor by Florence Price. It was the first time a substantial work by a Black woman was performed by a major symphony orchestra. Price’s music was, sadly, never performed again(…)

Review: “Speech & Debate”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 16 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I didn’t see American Theater Company’s Chicago premiere of Stephen Karam’s “Speech & Debate” in 2008, newly appointed artistic director P. J. Paparelli’s first production for the ensemble, but there seems to be(…)

Blackstone joins summer program

Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., will be holding a series of events for and registering participants in Chicago Public Libraries’ (CPL) annual Summer Learning Challenge program, June 17 through Aug. 10. This year’s program, “Rahm’s Readers: Full STEAM Ahead,” will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, as its acronym suggests. Every(…)

SECC brings Cleanslate to 57th Street

The South East Chicago Commission has contracted with the popular employment readiness and beautification group Cleanslate to clean several South Side streets, including 57th Street, as well as installing planters and banners. “These improvements are the first phase of a larger plan designed to bring new consumers and new residents to South Side neighborhoods,” said Wendy(…)

This Old (Hyde Park) House returns Sun.

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s series on home repair for historic houses continues on Sunday, June 16, with a roofing lecture. To be held at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the event begins at 2 p.m. and will include discussion of slate, flat, tile and shingled roofs. Visit hydeparkhistory.org to learn more.

Kwame Raoul is recognized for health work

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been named Humanitarian of the Year by Jackson Park Hospital, just south of Hyde Park on Stony Island Avenue. Raoul said he was “humbled to receive this award” in a statement in which he also described Jackson Park as a safety net hospital, which provides needed services to low-income residents,(…)

Vue53 passes out of City Council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposal to build Vue53 passed Chicago City Council last Wednesday, clearing the way for the project to begin. The ordinance passed with a vote of 49 to 0. Ald. Ed Burke (14th) recused himself. The zoning change allows Mesa Development to build the proposed 154-foot-tall building at 1330 E.(…)

Reizner leaves TIF council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jo Reizner resigned from her position on the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council last week. Reizner was among the founding members of the council in 2000. She served as committee chair for the bulk of that time. “I’ve been involved in the development of our community in various ways for(…)

Review: “The Misanthrope”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 9 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic We’re conditioned to believe that classic comedies should have happy endings, but Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” doesn’t fit the mold. At least not on the surface. Rather than interpreting the play to suit our expectations,(…)

Review: “Head of Passes”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 9 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s “Head of Passes,” which is enjoying a well-acted world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, explores the power of faith and prayer. Or the pitfalls, depending on the religious convictions, or lack thereof, viewers bring to(…)

Review: Stella & Lou

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through June 9 Tickets: $25-$72 Phone: 847-673-6300 Northlight Theatre had a winner with Bruce Graham’s “The Outgoing Tide,” directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones and starring Steppenwolf Theatre’s John Mahoney, so it’s no surprise the theater would try(…)

Yoga business opens on 53rd

Yoga business opens on 53rd

Hyde Park yoga buffs have another option after CorePower opened last week. CorePower, 1539 E. 53rd St., opened above Akira on Tuesday May 28. The business offers two studios that can host multiple types of classes at the same time. Classes include hot yoga, which takes place in a climate controlled hot room, and yoga(…)

Mesa development has many advantages

To the Editor: I fully support the efforts of Mesa Development LLC to revitalize 53rd Street with its high-rise and leased commercial space. As a long-time resident, I welcome the opportunity to secure more stores and restaurants with quality options for Hyde Park residents. Our family has decided to live in Hyde Park all of(…)

Vue53 part of positive Hyde Park trends

To the Editor: I fully support the proposed redevelopment of the “McMobil” site (Vue53). I have lived in Hyde Park for a decade with my wife and three kids. We could live anywhere in Chicago but we decided to raise our family here in Hyde Park. With confidence, I can say that there is no(…)

University, McMobil ruining Hyde Park

To the Editor: When my family and I moved to Hyde Park from Washington, D.C., in the mid 1960s, we noted a number of very positive similarities in the two communities. Lots of green: trees and grass were plentiful. A sense of space: buildings were, for the most part, low with parkways and lawns. The(…)

In support of Mesa’s Vue53 development

To the Editor: I’m writing this letter in support of Mesa Development’s plans for the Vue53 project. As a somewhat newer resident to the neighborhood, I have become acutely aware of the need for additional providers of goods and services throughout the community. My family has become far too accustomed to making the trek north(…)

Hoping leafletters learn to read

To the Editor: After years of getting unwanted flyers, newsletters and other ads littering up our Hyde Park house, I finally put up a “no flyers” sign on the gate to our yard two years ago. But we still get this clutter on a daily basis, and some local merchants are the worst about it:(…)

Thanks to supporters of Village Drop-In

To the Editor: Chicago Hyde Park Village thanks the Hyde Park Herald for your help in publicizing our pilot Drop-In programs for older residents. We did not have much lead time, but with the support of the Herald and neighbors, we’ve managed to get out the word. About two dozen people have joined us for(…)

Drop-In is great service for seniors

To the Editor: My husband and I recently visited the Hyde Park Village’s drop-in center for seniors. The Village tried the program out to gauge interest, and may start it up again in the fall if the number of attendees is high enough. The Drop-In, which includes discussions, socialization and lunch, is not to be(…)