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Learning from the unexpected delay of Harper Theater

The city of Chicago put some coal in Harper Theater owner Tony Fox’s stocking this Christmas, and we are all paying for it. Despite what he says were his best efforts to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on his new project in the long-shuttered Harper Theater on Harper Avenue at 53rd Street, Fox(…)

Review “Singin’ In The Rain”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Jan. 13 Tickets: $35-$46 Phone: 630-530-0111 There are several reasons to make the trip to Oakbrook to see Drury Lane Theatre’s production of “Singin’ In The Rain,” the 1983 musical based on the beloved 1952 film, but the top one is the performance(…)

Review “War Horse”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through Jan. 5 Tickets: $42-$172 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Just in case you haven’t heard, “War Horse” is all about the horses. Mainly Joey, a gorgeous chestnut half-thoroughbred who’s incredibly expressive from each twitch of his ears to every flick of his(…)

Thanks to supporters of oral history project

To the Editor: On behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society and the Oral History Committee, I wish to thank the Hyde Park Herald for highlighting the partnership that has been developed between the HPHS and the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference in the article that appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of the paper.(…)

Jackson Park’s McCurry honored

Parks advocate and Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry will be recognized for her work at the Friends of the Parks (FOTP) annual luncheon in February. The award is for her commitment for improved park programming and community engagement in Jackson Park, according to a representative of FOTP. The FOTP 38th Annual Meeting and(…)

HPAC artist featured

Minouk Lim, resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will be in the spotlight during two events in January at the center. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Lim will be available to discuss her work, including a performative piece she will create in the art center studios in January and February(…)

Harper builder McHugh helping

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Sharon Carney, of Carney Cleaning Service, partnered with McHugh Construction to help give back through out the whole month of December. Carney said McHugh, the lead construction company at the Harper Court development, donated over 300 turkeys to area churches, donated gloves, hats and scarves for HIV patients at Provident(…)

SHoP closes up at Fenn

SHoP closes up at Fenn

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), located at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave., closed its doors on Dec. 31 at the space it has leased for more than a year from the adjacent First Unitarian Church. The three story building, built in the 1910s, has in the(…)

Harper Theater mired in red tape

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harper Theater’s opening has been delayed due to red tape, says owner Tony Fox. Fox, president and CEO of ADF Capital Ltd., which is renovating and ready to operate Harper Theater, said the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections has required a 60-day window before issuing a business(…)

Transitional housing project helps homeless

Transitional housing project helps homeless

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern According to a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless study, 105,338 people were homeless in Chicago for the 2011-2012 school year. Just a handful of that population, or people at risk of joining it, may eventually become graduates of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP). The HPTHP is an all-volunteer(…)

Board announced for HP Village

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Village announced its board of directors recently. On Dec. 10 the nominating committee, comprised of Margaret Huyck, Jane Ciacci, Marianne Crusius, Wallace Goode, Allison Hartman, Nina Helstein, Mary Rogel and George Rumsey, presented their suggestions to the founding committee. The nominating committee had previously spent several months interviewing(…)

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers The last year saw few changes in the political landscape for Hyde Park, though a new state rep and the loss of a long-time U.S. Congressman made some headlines during an otherwise slow news year for politics. Chris Mitchell elected Christopher Mitchell sprang onto the political(…)

U. of C. happenings in 2012

U. of C. happenings in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers UChicago Promise Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer at Kenwood Academy High School in October to announce the launch of UChicago Promise a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. Zimmer said UChicago Promise(…)

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park had a busy year for real estate and development, centered on the remaking of 53rd Street, the neighborhood’s retail corridor, but affecting the entire community. Development in 2012 The new Harper Court began to take shape in 2012. The building reached its full height, achieved LEED certification, leased(…)

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The focus of much of the last year in education was the teachers strike, but Hyde Park saw a lot of change in leadership on the education front in 2012. Chicago Teachers Union strike Teachers, parents, students and education activists filled the streets of Hyde Park several times this(…)

The Wright 3 Mystery Tour of the Robie House

The Wright 3 Mystery Tour of the Robie House

The Wright 3 Mystery Tour of the Robie House. At 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, gowright.org, $15 adults, $12 youth. A tour based on Blue Balliett’s novel, “The Wright 3.”

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park Village The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) has been hosting luncheons and other strategy meetings in order to build up services for senior citizens in the neighborhood. CHPV has a 10-member steering committee, is seeking 501 c (3) not-for-profit status and is looking for volunteers and a(…)

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kilwins has begun offering its sweet treats in time for the holidays. The chocolate and candy shop opened its doors last week. Owner and Hyde Parker Jackie Jackson celebrated the soft opening of her second Kilwins store location in Chicago, at 5226 S. Harper St., on Saturday, Dec. 22. “We(…)

Park 52 to close

Park 52 to close

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Park 52 will be closing very early in 2013. In an announcement released on Monday the upscale American restaurant said “We have voluntarily opted to close the restaurant due to a combination of business and personal obligations.” The public is invited to attend a closing party at 5 p.m. on(…)

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust Financial Corporation announced last week the completion of its previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of HPK Financial Corporation. HPK is the parent company of Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company. As part of the transaction, Hyde Park Bank will be merged into Wintrust’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Beverly Bank and Trust Company N.A. Hyde Park(…)