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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(…)