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Annual historical society dinner nears

The annual dinner of the Hyde Park Historical Society will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St, at 5:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s cultural historian, and Cornell, Despres and Block Awards will be presented. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner(…)

Holy pastry! Latke debate is coming

The Latke-Hamantash Debate, an annual tradition at the University of Chicago’s Hillel Foundation, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12. The debate has been a fixture at Hillel and in Hyde Park since 1946. The humorous debate pits participants against one another in defending two Jewish foods: the latke, a fried potato dish, and hamentaschen, triangular(…)

Jazz concert Saturday at First Unitarian

There will be a jazz concert this Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Performers include vocalist Juan Coleman, father and son duo Derrick and Micah Ivy and the Prairie State College Faculty Jazz Quartet featuring Valerie Nicholson and Phillip Crews. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and students. A(…)

Indoor farmers market at Augustana

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting an indoor farmers market later this month. On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Augustana will host local vendors providing seasonal, sustainably produced goods from local farmers and vendors, including meats, chesses, vinegars, honey, eggs, baked goods and specialty items. The market is(…)

Booth booster gives $5M gift

John Edwardson, a member of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and the former CEO of CDW, a Vernon Hills-based technology company, has donated $5M to the university’s School of Business. Edwardson, who graduated with an MBA from the school in 1972, currently chairs its Council on Chicago Booth. He was the CEO of(…)

Promontory items nod to Piccadilly

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old Piccadilly Theater has been closed for decades but Hyde Parkers will be able to see pieces of the old movie house when they visit The Promontory. The future home of a music venue, bar and and restaurant will be decorated with pieces of the old theater, which was(…)

Mandel Hall facelift done

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mandel Hall was reopened recently after being restored to its original condition. The 109-year-old room was brought in line with modern accessibility standards while maintaining the original look of the hall. Seats were upgraded to create greater accessibility. To accommodate for the extra width the seats take up, two rows(…)

Ray teacher gets school supplies award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chandra Garcia, 6th grade teacher at Ray Elementary School, won an award from Chicago Public Schools and Office Max for being one of CPS’s outstanding teachers. Garcia was one of 100 teachers to receive the honor. She received a new desk chair and $1,000 worth of supplies for her(…)