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Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer SONIA SCHLESINGER, Herald Intern Following weeks of renovations, two Hyde Park playgrounds are re-opening to the public. Nichols Park’s East Playground, 1355 E. 55th St., and Bixler Playlot, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave., have been fenced off for weeks as construction crews installed new playground equipment. Both projects are a result(…)

U. of C. Medicine professor dies in traffic crash

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of. C) professor died Wednesday morning after being struck by a car during his morning jog in the 1900 block of E. 67th St. The university identified the professor as Dr. Gary Toback, who had taught in the U. of C. Department of Medicine for(…)

Bike tour explores art stops on South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is hosting an art-themed bike ride Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour will be led by Erika Dudley, the senior program manager for the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago, and Patric McCoy, the(…)

Chicago physics conference features U. of C. scientists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics, the world’s largest gathering of physicists, is coming to Chicago this August and dozens of University of Chicago (U. of C.) scientists will be participating. The conference, which runs from Aug. 3-10, will draw over 1,200 scientists from around the world to(…)

Seminary Co-Op to host poetry reading

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Seminary Co-Op bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host a poetry reading on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. Poets John Koethe and David Trinidad will be reading from their latest works, “The Swimmer” and “Notes on a Past Life.” Koethe, author of “The Swimmer,” has published nine poetry(…)

Part Nineteen: Heads will roll

Part Nineteen: Heads will roll

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS In 1910 Mrs. Homer Hibbard looked back at the early days of our community, her thoughts captured in a book prepared for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hyde Park Presbyterian Church. “Fifty years ago Hyde Park was a cluster of scattered houses, less than a score, dropped down among the oak trees. There(…)

Review: “Company”

Review: “Company”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Nichols Theatre, 325 Tudor Court., Glencoe When: through Aug. 7 Tickets: $35-$80 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s “Company” premiered on Broadway in 1970, it was very different from the musicals that had gone before. Neither a “book” musical telling a linear story nor(…)

Review: “Man of La  Mancha”

Review: “Man of La Mancha”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire When: through Aug. 14 Tickets: $50-$55 Phone: 847-634-0200 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Like the title character in Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” director Nick Bowling has made a leap of faith in “Man of La Mancha” at The Marriott Theatre, and it pays off(…)

Review: Two one-act operas highlight a pair of marvelous singers

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The summer event of South Shore Opera Company of Chicago (SSOCC) was an utterly splendid afternoon, with one-act operas by Kurt Weill and Gian Carlo Menotti. Both works centered around a single female character and both were cast with wonderful lead singer-actors. “The Seven Deadly Sins” is Weill’s rumination(…)

University of Chicago appoints interim dean for humanities dept.

University of Chicago appoints interim dean for humanities dept.

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago recently announced President Robert Zimmer’s appointment of Anne Walters Robertson as interim Dean of the Division of Humanities. Robertson’s appointment was effective July 1 and she will serve until the term ends next year. Prior to her appointment as Humanities Dean, Robertson chaired the Department of(…)

Kenwood alumnae lead downtown protest

Kenwood alumnae lead downtown protest

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most high school students spend their summer break at the beach or hanging out with friends at their favorite spots, four former Kenwood Academy High School Academic Center (KAC) students are spending their time promoting peace and positive change. Maxine Wint, a soon to be junior at Kenwood Academy(…)

St. Thomas alumni prepare for school reunion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Elementary and high school experiences can shape a person’s interests and future for life. In the case of alumni at St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA). 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., even decades later, the school still resonates with them. “I am very proud to have gone to a Catholic School,”(…)

University of Chicago sells three residence halls to 3L real estate

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For months, residents of the University of Chicago dormitories that closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year have speculated on the future of their now former residence halls. Yesterday, Chicago Real Estate Daily wrote that the university of has sold three of these dorms to 3L real estate.(…)

Musical performance at HPNC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Music students will show off their skills at a special Music Teachers of Hyde Park performance this Friday, July 22. The program features music students from ages 7 to 14 years old who will perform pieces by composers such as Mozart and Nielsen on the flute, violin, viola, cello and(…)

French film movie screening in Harold Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer “The Class,” a French film by Laurent Cantet, will be shown in Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., this Sunday, July 24. The event is free and will be preceded by refreshments and a performance from the Quentin Coaxum Quartet. The event is the result of a partnership(…)

Hyde Park Kenwood Legends hosts “Playstreet” events

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Hyde Park Legends baseball league will host its fourth and fifth of eight “Playstreet” events on July 23 and 30. The events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berkeley Avenue between 44th and 45th streets. The Legends’ “Playstreet” events, which began in June, include double dutch, foursquare,(…)

Independent Voters of Illinois hold annual dinner in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) will hold its 72nd annual Independence Day Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Hyde Park this Thursday, July 21. The night’s theme is “Preserving Our Independence In A New Era For Justice.” For the better part of a century, IVI-IPO has worked to(…)

Full moon alert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This week marks another full moon, and there are two chances to view it during moon watches on Tuesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 20. Tuesday night’s moon watch begins at 7:45 p.m. for an 8:02 p.m. moonrise. On Wednesday night, the moon watch meets at 8:30 p.m. for an(…)

Two teens shot in Kenwood

A shooting occurred near 47th Street and Ellis Avenue at about 12:50 a.m. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. A 16-year-old was wounded and rushed to a hospital and is expected to survive. The incident is under investigation. No one is in custody.

Residents give support to proposed 57th Street wine shop

Residents give support to proposed 57th Street wine shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members are getting behind a Hyde Park resident’s proposal to open a wine shop at 1448 E. 57th St. Steven Lucy, owner of Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., presented his plans for a 57th Street wine shop at a community meeting, Thursday night, to overwhelming support. About 50(…)