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Obama Library at Reese site?

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Michael Reese Hospital site is among the contenders as a location for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The Michael Reese site has 37 acres of wide-open land on the city’s lakefront. It has been vacant since the hospital closed in 2008. In 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley borrowed(…)

Parking woes to worsen on 53rd

The increasing number of traffic snarls on 53rd Street is about to spike as street parking will soon be restricted along 53rd Street, between Lake Park and Blackstone avenues, to make way for a new internet cable being installed by the U. of C. this summer. The U. of C. expects to install the cable(…)

Seminary Co-op selects manager

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he worked as director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the University of California, Berkeley. Deutsch was named(…)

Work begins on 5701 S. Woodlawn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work began recently to transform 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave., into the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. The Meadville Lombard Theological School sold the building in 2009. On the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, the building is listed as orange, meaning it may merit preservation due to their architectural significance or(…)

“Lost in Yonkers”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through June 8 Tickets: $25-$75, students $15 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   I’ve seen lots of productions of Neil Simon played for laughs. Northlight Theatre’s “Lost in Yonkers” isn’t one of them. Sure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning(…)

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern This year’s annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert, “Bernstein Bash!,” will pay homage to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. There will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on June 1. Concluding the University of(…)

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)