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Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Several Hyde Park kids will perform in this year’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” with the Joffrey Ballet in a 23-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Dec. 6 through Dec. 28. During its 26th annual performance of Robert Joffrey’s version of “The Nutcracker,” the full Joffrey company will joined onstage(…)

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Kenwood Lady Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season with a 64-40 blowout over basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy on Saturday afternoon in their home opener that revealed a newly renovated facility. “We want are students to have the best,” said Coach Jim Maley, head boys varsity basketball coach of the Kenwood Broncos. “During(…)

Welcome to Lake Forest

To the Editor: A century ago, Kenwood was an ultra-elite neighborhood with the cream of Chicago’s wealthiest families living in the most extravagant houses in town. A week ago Monday night’s Kenwood community meeting about the conversion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses to bed and breakfast establishments marked the return of Kenwood(…)

A final farewell from Artisans 21

To the Editor: This is the last opportunity for Artisans 21 to invite all faithful friends of the arts and crafts to its annual Open House Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After more than 45 years of providing Hyde Park and Kenwood (actually, all of Chicago) with original ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography,(…)

Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor: Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends,(…)

Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor: During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for(…)

Take a stand on fracking regulations

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) With the support of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental advocates, the General Assembly approved and Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation last spring to regulate fracking operations in downstate Illinois. Hydraulic fracking differs from traditional methods of mining underground gas and oil as(…)

A question of TIF money for a U. of C. Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court was built using $23.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF) dollars, a publicly funded tax subsidy that is used to help spur development. But Jo Reizner, who served as co-chair of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council when the money was granted, questions if the board would have(…)