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Hales Franciscan suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is suspending the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume for the 2017-18 school year. The decision comes after a dramatic decrease in enrollment to the private school(…)

Illinois legislature needs new ideas to temper the state’s political turmoil

To the Editor:  The Illinois state legislature desperately needs new ideas to temper the state’s political turmoil, but the way we elect representatives prevents many groups with novel ideas from being represented in Springfield. While the Independent Map Amendment takes a much needed first step to reduce gerrymandering, single winner districts – where voters in(…)

Certain ads at old Istria Cafe site are dangerous for kids

To the Editor: I am writing this letter regarding the former location of Istria cafe near the 55th/ 56th/ 57th Metra Train Station in Hyde Park. This cafe had a delicious gelato shop. It was then transformed into another shop, which closed down quickly. Now, the shop window has become an advertising point for many(…)

Review: Johnson’s Harlem Symphony and Menotti’s “The Consul”

Review: Johnson’s Harlem Symphony and Menotti’s “The Consul”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Marin Alsop was the guest conductor at the Grant Park Music Festival last week and her two weekend concerts broke many of the rules for a classical music event. The first half featured full orchestra joined by a jazz combo. The second half opened with just three artists: a(…)

Review: “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure”

Review: “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Aug. 14 Tickets: $40-$75 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for the world premiere of “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure” at Lookingglass Theatre Company, playwright and ensemble member Kevin Douglas says “This(…)

Review: “The Book of Mormon”

Review: “The Book of Mormon”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Aug. 14 Tickets: $45-$120 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic “The Book of Mormon” is exceedingly funny, but if you go to Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone’s send-up of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without already knowing(…)

Two multi-generation Hyde Park families joined in marriage of their children

Two multi-generation Hyde Park families joined in marriage of their children

By CHARLES and ROBERTA L. BERNSTEIN Two second generation native Hyde Parkers, who grew up and were educated in Hyde Park but had never met until they were out of school and out in the working world,  were married on June 26, 2016, at the South Shore Cultural Center. Rabbi Sharon Braus of IKAR, of(…)

Joan Lesser Koblick, 83

Joan Lesser Koblick, 83

Joan Lesser Koblick, a Hyde Park resident since 1964, died on Feb. 6 at Bernard Mitchell Hospital after being taken ill earlier that day. She was 83. Koblick was born in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute there before moving to the West Coast. After a decade in Eugene, Ore., and the San(…)

Timothy Clarence Gray, 48

Timothy Clarence Gray, 48

On June 14, 2016, Timothy Clarence Gray, son of Billie Jean Miller Gray, died at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA after courageously battling a challenging illness for several years. After high school, Gray left his mother’s Hyde Park home and moved to Atlanta. He attended Morehouse College, once he graduated he immediately went to business(…)

Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer New developments around Hyde Park are either nearing completion or just beginning to break ground. Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St. After initially being proposed in 2013 and an unsuccessful lawsuit that followed that same year, the 13-story building is finally nearing completion. Vue53 is expected to be finished by mid-September.(…)

“Bronzeville” musical performs at Logan Center

“Bronzeville” musical performs at Logan Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer “Chicago’s Bronzeville-The Musical”, is making one last local stop at the Logan Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, before placing its Broadway bid in the hopes of performing on the biggest stage in the theater world. The original musical is put on by the Mahdi Theatre Company(…)

Kenwood High School reunion ignites Bronco pride

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If you grew up in Hyde Park between 1969 and today, you most likely attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The school, founded in 1969, has had 47 graduating classes, and all of them are invited to the sixth annual all class reunion on Sunday, Aug. 14.(…)

U. of C. 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. Monday, July 18, Chicago Real Estate Daily wrote that the university of has sold three of these dorms to 3L(…)

Obama Library town hall meeting on community benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 27, there will be a town hall meeting calling for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the upcoming Obama Presidential Library. The meeting will take place at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The CBA will call on the Obama Foundation(…)

Shakespeare in the park returns to Hyde Park area

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Comedy, romance and mistaken identity come to Washington Park, 5531 S. Russell Dr., this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” after shows in Burnside and Beverly on the far South Side. Shakespeare in the Parks is a beloved Chicago summer tradition. Each(…)

Race the topic of discussion at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two of the country’s most prominent young writers on race, Mychal Denzel Smith and Marc Lamont Hill, will stop by the Seminary Co-op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Aug. 9, to discuss their respective new books. Smith, a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation(…)

57th St. Books to host Harry Potter midnight release party

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For the first time in nearly a decade, bookstores across the country will host Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties. Hyde Park’s celebration of the eighth Harry Potter story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at 57th St. Books, 1201 E. 57th St., and(…)

Wednesday concert in Harper Court

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harper Court Summer Music Series continues this Wednesday with authentic Latin music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. DJ El Caobo and DJ Kamani Rashad will perform Salsa, Bachata, Meringue and Kimzomba style tunes. Dance instructors will be available to teach the(…)

DuSable exhibit explores Chicago freedom stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Patrons of the DuSable Museum of African American History’s newest permanent installment must enter the exhibit through the underbelly of a slave ship. Shackles, bilboes and collars hang from the walls, which display images of captured Africans flattened and stacked into the storage compartments of sailing ships. “Freedom, Resistance, and(…)

Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)