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Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Major changes may be in the works for 57th Street. A public meeting to discuss the possibilities will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The South East Chicago Commission and Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office have been circulating a survey via(…)

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School is expanding its learning experiences to the outdoors with a community garden, which is expected to be complete by June. Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, will create a 2,000-square-foot community garden on(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)

All you need is love — of the baroque

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It has become commonplace for those offering concerts to give them a title. Sometimes the title imparts clear and useful information. Sometimes it is vague and flowery. Sometimes it is witty. Sometimes it is obscure. Sometimes it is pointless. Baroque Band titles their concerts in a way which offers(…)

Review: “Balm in Gilead”

Review: “Balm in Gilead”

RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre, 1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through April 19 Tickets: $35 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who’s been around Chicago theater long enough remembers Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 1980 production of “Balm in Gilead” as one of the greatest shows ever. Director John Malkovich turned Landford Wilson’s(…)

Review: “Outside Mullingar”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through April 19 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” is set from 2008 to 2013 and premiered on Broadway last year, but the old-fashioned romantic comedy could have been written half-a-century(…)

Hyde Parkers reach top of marketing firm

Two Hyde Park residents have been named partners at a downtown marketing firm. Lipman Hearne, a marketing firm that specializes in working with non-profit organizations, named Alexia Koelling and Sara Stern as new partners recently. Koelling is the firm’s executive vice president of Consulting and Account Management. She previously worked at a firm where she(…)

State Rep. Currie hosting coffee meetup this Friday

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) will host a meeting with constituents at 1 p.m. this Friday, April 3, at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Currie, who has represented Hyde Park in the Illinois House since 1979, is currently co-sponsoring HB 3932, a bill that would require campus police(…)

Elections, a fundraiser and a photography class in park news

Spruce and Midway park advisory council elections Two new park advisory councils will elect officers this month. Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave., will host an election at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. An election for a Midway Park advisory council will take(…)

A community garden, a fundraiser and diversity in school news

Community garden blooming at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St. Plans are in place to create a community garden at Kozminski Elementary School. The grant for the garden was made possible through the Open Space Impact Fees Ordinance. The school plans to replace asphalt playgrounds with native landscaping and art. Student financial aid fundraiser a success(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s April 7 runoff election

With less than a week until Chicago’s runoff mayoral election, voting has already begun. Early voting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every through day through Saturday, April 4. A government ID is required. Hyde Park’s nearest early voting polling places are the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, the Jackson Park(…)