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It’s a walk in the park for Max

A 15-month-old Hyde Parker will visit a park for the first time after a life time in the hospital. After spending the whole of his life in hospitals, Max Allender, 16 months, is finally home and reunited with his twin sister Coral and family. Born at 26 weeks, these young Hyde Parkers are home and(…)

Review: “Belleville”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The American couple at the center of Amy Herzog’s “Belleville” is seriously screwed up, but nothing in the play or Steppenwolf Theatre’s production, ably directed by Anne Kauffman and expertly acted,(…)

Review: “The Comedy of Errors”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, various parks When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: free, no tickets required Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicked off its second summer of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks on Sunday, July 28, at Eckhart Park in the Noble Square neighborhood, and a rollicking good(…)

Hyde Park Union Church exhibits “Reframing Beauty”

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Union Church (HPUC), 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a monthlong exhibit of work by artists with disabilities. The show, entitled “Reframing Beauty,” will be on display until Aug. 30, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The(…)

Object hanging on pole not noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved with(…)

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” filmed a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park last week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The TV drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern On Thursday, children sat at the floors of the basement of the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., intently listening to science educator Nicole Beaver, or “Miss Nicole,” speak about the systems of the human body. The free “Glob, Goo and Guts!” event at the library gave participants “a(…)

Hyde Parkers help you with dating

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One Hyde Park couple recently launched their own business and they hope their efforts will strengthen the relationships of other couples. Datelivery is a subscription service that delivers a pre-planned date night to customers’ homes. The newlyweds run the business out of their home on the 5300 block of Greenwood(…)

Dyett joins rejection of CPS budget

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Dyett High School, which is in year two of its four year phase out, joined schools across the city — including Ray Elementary School — in rejecting the preliminary budget proposed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the 2013-2014 school year. The school is also protesting decisions being made(…)

Ingleside Hall demolished

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago demolished Ingleside Hall last week as part of its expansion of the Main Quad. The university will turn the space where Ingleside Hall once stood, 956 E. 58th St., into two paths that will connect Crerar Library’s quadrangle to a larger campus-wide walkway. Demolition(…)

Vandals inspire restoration project

Vandals inspire restoration project

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The statue of St. Therese of Lisieux, France that stood in the garden at St. Thomas the Apostle School was recently removed from its post. Neighbors noticed that it was gone last week and reported it as an act of vandalism, but a St. Thomas administrator said the school(…)

Pressure reverses sprinkler rule

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Below is a letter I sent to Gov. Pat Quinn about proposed new sprinkler system rules. After hearing from many constituents and legislators such as myself, Gov. Quinn asked the Fire Marshall to rescind his proposal late last week and the Fire Marshall complied. Thank you to everyone(…)

Parking may be a major flaw in Vue53

To the Editor: Am I correct in remembering that fewer parking places are planned for McMobil/Vue53 than there are apartments? If one and a half parking spaces per apartment are not available, it will be a very bad mistake, and there will be no recourse. Even now, there are not enough spaces on neighboring streets(…)

Plan the future of 53rd Street

With the demolition of the Mobil gas station across from Nichols Park slated to begin next week, the 13-story development planned for that site — Vue53 to the developers, McMobil to everyone else — seems all but certain. Many Hyde Parkers have complained about the scale of this project, but without the support of Ald.(…)

Pressure restores No. 28 bus

Pressure restores No. 28 bus

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The CTA will partially restore service to the No. 28 bus during a 180-day “experiment,” starting Aug. 25. The decision comes after community outcry over rerouting of the bus. The No. 28 travels south on Lake Park Avenue, but its current route restricts stops between 47th and 55th streets —(…)

City Hyde Park gains subsidy for project

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital venture that will put 182 apartments and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, took another step towards construction last week. The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity approved Antheus’ application to amend Enterprise Zone 6 to include(…)

Tennis courts to replace projects

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Xs Tennis, 1301 E. 47th St., has begun clearing the way for a move to the former site of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes in Bronzeville, at 51st and State streets. Xs Tennis owner Kamau Murray said he planned the move to provide the business with a needed(…)

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Mobil Gas station and car wash will close Monday, August 12 and demolition will begin the next day. Mesa Development announced the timeline last week for work on the McMobil site, 1300 E. 53rd Street, soon to become Vue53, a 13-story retail and residential(…)

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Community leaders, elected officials and adoring fans from all over the city gathered at 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue Saturday afternoon to be a part of the Chaka Khan street naming ceremony. The intersection, which is the home to Khan’s alma mater, Kenwood Academy High School, is now called(…)

Length of rope identified; not a noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose that some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved(…)