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Program serves local, adventuresome youth

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In an effort to develop new teaching methods, an initiative of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is hosting more than 70 teenagers from local high schools for a free summer gaming program, titled “Project S.E.E.D.,” through Aug. 7. Project S.E.E.D., which stands for Story Engineering and Enabling(…)

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Paul Abraham’s “Ball at the Savoy” (original German title: “Ball im Savoy”) is a frisky, frothy concoction jam-packed with soaring melodies, uproarious ditties, grand dance numbers and lots of wholesome fun. Chicago Folks Operetta’s American premiere is a splendid way to spend a summer evening; you’re likely to come(…)

Review: “This Is Our Youth”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through July 27 Tickets: $20-482 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been working on thinking of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” as Chekhov for the slacker generation. This isn’t as farfetched as it may seem. Like Chekhov, Lonergan exposes the existential angst(…)

Review: “The Dance of Death”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 The three characters in August Strindberg’s 1900 “The Dance of Death” are nasty pieces of work—and that’s putting it mildly. Factor in the new version by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Henry Wishcamper’s direction, a trio of(…)

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler is the new assistant principal of Murray Elementary School. She was selected for the position after the previous assistant principal Youlanda Snowden retired at the end of the school year. Butler began as the assistant principal (A.P.) on July 1 at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. The(…)

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory, the new restaurant and music venue from Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman, will open today. Promontory, located inside the old Borders building at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, will have a 300-seat capacity restaurant on the first floor and a 600 standing-room music venue on the second floor.(…)

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Little more than a year since the City of Chicago launched its Divvy bicycle rideshare program, ample data is emerging about how Hyde Parkers use the service. Since its launch on June 28, 2013, Divvy has grown from 75 to 300 stations. A Herald(…)

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department is stepping up enforcement in parks along the lakefront this summer to help prevent violence. At its monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting on Monday, July 14, at the Iowa Building, 5600 S. Lake Shore Drive, Third District Captain Sean Loughlan said CPD has increased its(…)