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Parking still a concern for 53rd St. boutique hotel

Parking still a concern for 53rd St. boutique hotel

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As plans for the proposed 53rd St. boutique hotel become more defined, developers attempt to ease the parking concerns of Hyde Park residents. At a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, at which Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the boutique hotel developers fielded questions from neighborhood residents, anxieties were once(…)

Bernie Sanders makes intimate visit to U. of C.

Bernie Sanders makes intimate visit to U. of C.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students were “feeling the bern,” Feb. 24, when Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stopped by the campus for the second time during his campaign. The private, invite-only event was for university students only and was for a live taping of MSNBC’s College Hardball(…)

Diversity job fair on Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Saturday, Feb. 27, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is hosting a job fair aimed at teachers, staff and administrators of color interested in careers at independent schools. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon at Gordon Parks Arts Hall, 5815 S. Kimbark Ave. Latin School of Chicago and(…)

Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic changes ownership

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 35 years, Dr. Thomas Wake has served Hyde Park residents at the Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic. Wake recently announced that he and Dr. Marcia Hutchings will be turning over the business to Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Joe Whalen. Williams, the medical director at the clinic, has(…)

Historic property near the potential Obama library site is on sale

Historic property near the potential Obama library site is on sale

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The historic Chicago Orphan Asylum Building, 5120 S. King Dr., is up for sale, and it’s catching the attention of out-of-state hotel corporations, according to the property’s realtor Ebonie Caldwell. The three story, 55,000 square foot building, which is currently being used by The Chicago Baptist Institute, sits directly across(…)

Apartment fire injures one

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A high-rise apartment fire on Tuesday night in Hyde Park left one person injured, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.  At approximately 10:30 p.m., the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the 10th floor of the 17-story residential building at 5421 S. Cornell Ave. (…)

Farmer’s Market to add musicians for 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Special Service Area (SSA) is looking for live musicians to spice up the shopping atmosphere during the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market 2016 market season, this Spring. “Last year we had a few musicians perform unannounced on an informal basis, and it was a great addition to the ambiance of(…)

HPKCAC reading event this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Conference (HPKCAC) is hosting a free education-focused event this Saturday for the community. “It’s All About Reading” will take place Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St. The event will focus on helping parents support children(…)

The Hyde Park Herald endorses Christian Mitchell

The Hyde Park Herald endorses incumbent Christian Mitchell for State Rep. in the 26th District Democratic primary. After taking stock of the candidates running in this year’s election we’ve noticed that many of our local elected officials such as State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and State Sen. Kwame Raoul are going unchallenged in the(…)

Review: “Far From Heaven”

Review: “Far From Heaven”

RECOMMENDED Where: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through March 13 Tickets: $39-$48 Phone: 773-327-5252 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Turning movies into stage musicals is a popular pastime, but it really serves a purpose only if the result improves on—or at least illuminates—the original. Alas, Scott Frankel (music) and(…)

Review: “Der Rosenkavalier”

Review: “Der Rosenkavalier”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Mar. 13 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago is now presenting the comic masterpiece “Der Rosenkavalier” by Richard Strauss. It premiered in 1911 in Dresden and came to Lyric, when it first staged the work at the Civic Opera House(…)

Marion Elizabeth Roberts, 97

Marion Elizabeth Roberts, 97

Marion Elizabeth Roberts transitioned January 25. After 97 years, she now resides eternally with her God and her ancestors. Roberts was the only child of Mr. Charles Albert and Mrs. Cleo Geraldine Scott, who migrated to Chicago from Topeka, Kansas, more than 100 years ago. Roberts grew up on the south side, living for a(…)

Rauner’s reform agenda won’t work

To the Editor: Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner still holding last year’s budget hostage to his radical, right-wing, proven-not-to-work Turnaround Agenda, he gave his second budget address last week. Nowhere in his speech did the governor present a realistic plan forward. Nowhere did he talk about the struggling college students who may have to drop out(…)

Hold the Term Limits, Give Us More Voters

To the Editor: There is a push in Illinois to pass legislation that introduces term limits on political office. Gov. Bruce Rauner is a proponent of such legislation and Michael Madigan is a prime target of it. But before we go that route, let’s make sure that as many people as possible vote. High voter(…)

Time to reject ‘reform’ rhetoric and demand transformative legislation

To the Editor: Illinois families deserve leadership with the guts to address the state’s structural deficit — and provide real relief to the thousands of constituents who are suffering under Gov. Rauner’s indefensible refusal to pass a responsible budget. We got the usual rhetoric from Rauner in his most recent budget address — while he(…)

Solstice on the Park development plans approved

Solstice on the Park development plans approved

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Solstice on the Park development, designed by Studio Gang, was approved for its most recent proposal at a City of Chicago Planning Commission hearing on Feb. 18. The new proposal featured minor changes to the plans, such as building the 26-story development 33 feet closer to 56th Street and(…)

Gilbert & Sullivan prepare for “Princess Ida”

Gilbert & Sullivan prepare for “Princess Ida”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An exciting rendition of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s medieval fairytale “Princess Ida” comes to Mandel Hall in March. The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will put on three shows by Stage Director, Shane Valenzi, and Music Director, Matthew Sheppard. Valenzi, who is in his second year of directing at(…)

Philip Glass returns to alma mater in residency

Philip Glass returns to alma mater in residency

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Before he stunned an audience at a sold-out concert Feb. 19, composer Philip Glass took some time to sit down and speak about his music and his time at the University of Chicago (U. of C.). On Thursday night, Glass joined in conversation with U. of C. Professor of Composition.(…)

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local sculptor, Amir Nour, has lived his whole life through his art, and although in his 70s, he has no plans of halting his creative process. Nour speaks of his many pieces with enthusiasm and appreciation as he shows his many works published throughout the various books that take up(…)

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos Boys basketball team advanced to the 2016 Chicago Public League City Championship game with a 52-51 victory over Red Central conference foes Curie Academy. “I understood we had history on the line and I wanted to do everything in my(…)