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Landmark church at the brink of restoration

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Supporters of a historic Woodlawn church currently facing demolition have secured the funds necessary to stabilize the fire-ravaged building. Parishioners, community members and non-profit leaders announced the development at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8, just outside St. Gelasius Church, which, up until the building caught fire in October(…)

Nicky’s Chinese Food fails inspection

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicky’s Chinese Food failed a Feb. 4 food inspection due to foods at improper temperatures and rodent droppings in the restaurant. According to the public report, the Feb. 4 inspection was the result of a complaint. The report states that cooked chicken was at 49.9-52.5 F and cooked beef at(…)

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The FBI is asking the public for assistance in identifying and locating a man suspected of carrying out five bank robberies within the past three weeks. The Hyde Park branch of Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., is where two of those robberies occurred. The most recent took place on(…)

Weekend performances

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend will be a music-filled one with two special performances from the University Chamber Orchestra and The Chicago Ensemble. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the University Chamber Orchestra will play a sneak peek of their upcoming March production, “Princess Ida” for free. The 100-member orchestra will fill the Logan(…)

“Homemade Stories” hits the Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Wednesday evening, a diverse and attentive crowd filled the upstairs venue at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., to hear a man named Shannon Cason spill his soul. Cason is the host of the WBEZ-sponsored podcast series “Homemade Stories,” a project that has Cason and guests recount personal narratives(…)

Pop-up shops at The Silver Room

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special one-day pop-up shop is taking over The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., Saturday, Feb. 6. From noon to 8 p.m., Rare Shipments will be selling its women’s clothing and statement accessories at The Silver Room’s storefront. The pop-up shop will be promoting their unique items, as a(…)

Solstice on the Park zoning meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Studio Gang has been relatively quiet in regards to the future of the long-awaited Solstice on the Park but conversations about the project will resume this month due to a zoning change. The Chicago Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the 24-story Solstice development, 5540 S. Cornell(…)

U. of C. professor resigns amid claims of sexual misconduct

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty member has resigned after an investigation found that the professor violated the university’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct. In November 2015, U. of C. officials received reports that a faculty member had engaged in inappropriate behavior at a private, off-campus(…)

Ald. Will Burns

Editor’s note: Ald. Will Burns (4th) sent the following statement Feb. 1 after news of his resignation was released, Jan. 31. Dear Friends: It has been my honor to serve the people of the Fourth Ward and the City of Chicago for the past five years. Working together, we have added hundreds of units of new housing,(…)

Raoul on State of the State: Governor’s “actions matter far more thin his words”

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) issued the following statement after hearing Governor Bruce Rauner’s update on the state of Illinois Jan. 27: It was good to hear the governor say that “we must cast partisanship and ideology aside.” I’m happy those words came from his lips, and I’m hoping someday they’ll make it to his(…)

A towering “Nabucco” at Lyric Opera shows off Verdi’s early masterpiece

What: “Nabucco” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Feb. 12 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago’s first new offering of the year is “Nabucco,” the opera which helped to establish Verdi early in his career. This production features stellar singing, dramatic stage dressing, and unusual costumes(…)

Review: “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical”

Review: “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre. 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Feb. 21, 2016 Tickets: $30-$140 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Unlike the many jukebox musicals that highlight the drive and inner demons that make their subjects different from the rest of us, “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” presents the early career of one of(…)

Review: “London Wall”

Review: “London Wall”

RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre (upstairs), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Feb. 14 Tickets: $36 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Though his name barely rings a bell today, John Van Druten (“Bell, Book and Candle,” “I Am a Camera”) was one of the most successful English playwrights of(…)

Gemma Selman, 77

Gemma Selman, 77

Gemma Selman, a long-time resident of Hyde Park, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 23. She was born and grew up in the Netherlands and came to this country with her husband, Rob Selman, in 1964. They and their children lived in Berkeley, Calif. and in Wheaton, Ill. before moving to Hyde Park(…)

Kenwood crowned conference champs in spite of loss to Curie

Kenwood crowned conference champs in spite of loss to Curie

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After clinching the Red Central Conference Championship on Saturday, the 4th ranked Kenwood Academy High School Broncos fell to 5th ranked Curie High School 77-76 in their final home game of the regular season. “Thanks to Hyde Park upsetting Curie last week we clinched the conference,” said one Kenwood staff(…)

Let’s be careful and actively involved in our next choice for alderman

To the Editor: As a reporter and editor, primarily at the Hyde Park Herald, I spent 15 years as an active student of Hyde Park’s genius, learning about how and why the neighborhood is the way it is. One of the consistent themes I noticed over those years was the importance of people doing for(…)

Let’s keep I-House international

To the Editor: As a 1953-55 alumnus of International House, I am shocked and grieved at the recent peremptory announcement of the University of Chicago administration that it will soon be shutting down its residential facilities for graduate and international students, as well as visitors, which have raced and enhanced the University and our community(…)

More questions about Jackson Park’s “Project 120”

To the Editor: I wish to add my support to the Jan. 20, 2016 letter from Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid, raising serious questions regarding “Project 120,” which I now understand from the JPAC meeting I attended on Jan. 11, 2016, is only in its “concept” stage. I have been privileged to enjoy the peace(…)

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A local artist is getting a second chance at showcasing his art on the City Hyde Park development; only this time, it’s allowed. Seven pieces of Joel Maxime’s series, “Hair-a-tage” are being displayed on the window panels of the City Hyde Park development, 5105 S. Harper Ave., facing the Harper(…)

Travis gains support in race

Travis gains support in race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s less than two months until the Illinois primary elections, and Jay Travis, candidate for state representative of the 26th District, is gaining momentum in her campaign. Travis has obtained notable supporters throughout her campaign, the most recent being Citizen Action/Illinois, a public interest group that has been at the(…)