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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(…)