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City giving away our lakefront to celebrities

To the Editor: Today on Facebook I saw Project 120’s video about the Yoko Ono sculpture on Wooded Island. According to Project 120, “[Yoko Ono] already had a very special connection to the city of Chicago. When she first visited in the 1970s, she stayed at a hotel overlooking Lake Michigan and later went back(…)

Review:  “Hauptmann”

Review: “Hauptmann”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: City Lit Theater, 1020 W, Bryn Mawr Ave. When: through July 10 Tickets: $29 Phone:773-293-2382 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Like his first play, “Never the Sinner,” revived last fall by Victory Gardens Theater, John Logan’s “Hauptmann” is a hybrid of character study and courtroom drama. The original production by Stormfield Theatre(…)

A fond farewell to a fabulous ensemble

By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic The first Friday of this month saw Hyde Park swarming with visitors, folks streaming into the neighborhood for alumni weekend at the University of Chicago or looking forward to the Annual 57th Street Art Fair. But the place to be that night was Augustana Lutheran Church, where Baroque Band(…)

The Chicago Bulls help promote fire safety at Murray

The Chicago Bulls help promote fire safety at Murray

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., learned about fire safety last week with a little help from the Chicago Bulls. Murray students learned about the stop, drop and roll technique; making a fire safety plan at home and fire truck operations with the help of the Chicago(…)

Chicago Free School seeks a middle school teacher

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As it heads into its third year, Chicago Free School is looking to expand enrollment and hire an additional full-time middle school teacher, according to school founder Lauren Beitler. Chicago Free School finished up the school year with 53 students enrolled. Beitler said she hopes that enrollment grows to 60(…)

Hyde Park native hosts dance party at Daley Plaza

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park native Toni Shelton, one of the premiere House music promoters in Chicago, is fighting violence with dance. Spurred by Chicago’s recent uptick in violence, Shelton organized a dance party for Aug. 8, at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., in which she hopes to offer a refuge for(…)

HPHS honors student projects about Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer High school students will showcase their work on the history of the Hyde Park Township at an event on Saturday, June 25. The Chicago area students are the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) award for best student projects from the 2016 Chicago Metro History Fair that took(…)

Graduate students say goodbye to I-House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The end of the school year brought with it feelings of disappointment and defeat for a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) students who, over the past year, have been fighting the administration’s decision to clear graduate students out of International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St. “All(…)

Montgomery Place dining gets upscale upgrade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An upscale dining experience does not have to be had at a five-star restaurant in the Loop. Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., is trying to bring the full-fledged experience of an upscale restaurant to its residents. “We want to get it to that next level of a fine dining(…)

Politicians wear patriotic costumes at 4th on 53rd parade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Usually local elected officials are seen wearing suits or professional attire but at the 4th on 53rd parade they break away from their normal dress to wear wacky, Americana-themed costumes. The tradition of costumed politicians began with the very first parade 25 years ago, and State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

70 days in, Ald. King gives updates at second town hall

70 days in, Ald. King gives updates at second town hall

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Sophia King (4th) has now been in office for 70 days and spoke a little bit about what she has been doing in that time during last night’s second 4th Ward town hall meeting at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. King said that there is(…)

Whole Foods to benefit Blackstone Bike Works

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Thursday, June 23, Hyde Park’s brand new Whole Foods Market, 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to Experimental Station’s Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Connie Spreen, Experimental Station’s Executive Director, said that one percent of the store’s Thursday net(…)

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jojayden Handmade, a men’s shoe store featuring luxury, handmade shoes and socks, will open on Friday, June 24 at 1457 E. 53rd St. According to the company’s website, the store’s goal is to “provide each man a unique experience through the various designs and detailed craftsmanship of creating each pair(…)

Bret Harte to keep pre-K special education class

Bret Harte to keep pre-K special education class

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reversed its decision, today, in regard to pre-K special education class Bret Harte Elementary, 936 E. 56th St. The special education class will no longer be cut from the curriculum next school year. Heather La Riviere, a parent of a student in the class, said that(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Fest benefit concert this Thursday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A gala and benefit concert in support of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which arrives in late September, will take place this Thursday, June 23, at the Logan Center for The Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Judith E. Stein, co-founder and long-time organizer of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, will(…)

Author discussion and workshop at 57th Street Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special book talk and stencil workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik, authors of “Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art without Fear,” will give a short presentation of photos and stories centered(…)

3-year-old suffers gunshot in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A drive-by shooting in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue on Sunday, June 19, has left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition. According to police, The child was sitting in a vehicle with a family member when, at 6:15 p.m., a car with unknown offenders drove by and opened(…)

Two people found dead in Hyde Park apartment

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A man and a woman were found shot to death in a Hyde Park apartment, Saturday, June 18. Police are calling the incident an apparent murder-suicide. At 9:49 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a call for a well-being check in the 1400 block of East 54th Street. Upon their(…)

Hyde Park Encore Chorale announces summer session

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a successful spring session that ended on May 22, the Hyde Park Encore Chorale will begin its six-week summer session on Wednesday, June 22. The group meets for rehearsals from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. every Wednesday at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr. The group is for adults(…)

Storytelling in the Park

As volunteers gather to help clean and maintain Chicago’s parks during “Its Your Park Day” on Saturday, June 18, two neighborhood parks will offer a bit of fun through story telling. Storyteller Judith Heineman, founder of the Chicago Storytelling Guild, will be telling nature-related stories at 1 p.m. near the ice skating rink at Midway(…)