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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(…)

Check out the Village Drop-In

To the Editor: Seniors in Hyde Park will not want to miss the opportunity to drop in and hang out with University of Chicago students this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room of Augustana Lutheran Church at 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue. This will be the third such Drop-In, sponsored(…)

DuSable Museum to host free gallery talk on June 9

The DuSable Museum of African American history will be hosting a free gallery talk with Terrence A. Reese, the photographer behind its current exhibit, “Reflections,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 9 at 740 E. 56th Pl. Also known as “Tar,” the New York-based photographer born in Chicago is slated to talk about documenting(…)

Police searching for missing girl

Police searching for missing girl

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue, according to a release by the Chicago Police Department Thursday afternoon. Tinina Burns is described as a 5’8” Black female with brown hair and eyes, and light skin with freckles, weighing approximately 110 pounds. She was(…)

Murders trigger alert, investigation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After two separate murders in the same corner of Hyde Park in under a month, University of Chicago Police Department issued a security alert, and Chicago Police Department is investigating both incidents. On April 30, 39-year-old Henry Atkins was shot and killed in the hallway of an apartment building on(…)

K.A.M. seeking gardener

K.A.M. seeking gardener

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel and the Kenwood United Church of Christ are looking for a volunteer production manager for their two gardens in Hyde Park/Kenwood. The organic fruits and vegetables raised in the gardens are sent to soup kitchens and other hot meal programs on Chicago’s South Side. K.A.M., 1100(…)

Historian to speak at Seminary Co-op

Bestselling historian Rick Perlstein will be holding his second public Hyde Park conversation this spring at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The “Nixonland” author will speak with Don Rose, a liberal political consultant and journalist for the Chicago Daily Observer, an online publication covering local(…)

Condo owners balk at SSA plan

Condo owners balk at SSA plan

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents who live within the recently proposed special service area boundaries in buildings without any retail component expressed their frustration at a lack of inclusion on Thursday night. The SSA is largely focused on 53rd Street improvements but stretches beyond that retail corridor. An SSA would levy an(…)

UCMC says no to trauma center

UCMC says no to trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago Medicine executive vice president Kenneth Polonsky held a public meeting last week to discuss why the hospital and school are not planning to open an adult trauma care center on campus in the foreseeable future. Polonsky and Dorianne Miller, the director at the Center for Community Health(…)