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Kenwood residents argue against commercial development

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of North Kenwood residents, coming together under the banner of the Hold Alderman Accountable and Responsible Coalition (HAARC), are protesting a commercial development that is edging into their neighborhood int he 4th Ward. The issue arose recently after the Quad City Development Corporation (QCDC) purchased property at 4200(…)

Dyett gives insight into future programs of school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As one of several events to introduce the community to the future Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, Principal Beulah Mcloyd held an information session last night about what the school will have to offer students next fall. The session was held, Tuesday afternoon, in the Herman Hall(…)

Fire ravaged church finds temporary home

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of an historic Woodlawn church that suffered extensive fire damage last month is moving to an interim home. Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., which is currently in the process of assessing the degree of structural damage that resulted from an Oct. 7 fire, will(…)

Review: Fine Hyde Park performance of rarely heard music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Gerald Rizzer has a knack for finding music with appeal and merit that most people haven’t heard before. He programs works spanning from the baroque period to this century written for a wide range of different small ensemble configurations. For 38 years Rizzer, the pianist, artistic director and founder(…)

Review: “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”

Review: “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through Dec. 6 Tickets: $60 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Hershey Felder has developed a sure-fire formula for bringing dead composers to life. Or almost. Whether it’s long-gone masters such as Beethoven and Chopin or 20th-century icons like George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein,(…)

Richard Landau, man of purpose in field of medicine, dead at 99

Richard Landau, man of purpose in field of medicine, dead at 99

For more than half a century, Richard L. Landau was a demanding professor of medicine, performing path-breaking research into the effects of human hormones and treatment of hormone-related diseases while building a world-renowned endocrinology program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Landau died Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Montgomery Place, an assisted living facility in Hyde(…)

Carol L. Browning, 79

Carol L. Browning, 79

Carol LaVeta (Kohl) Browning passed away on October 12, 2015. Browning was a longtime resident of Hyde Park, maintaining a home in the neighborhood since 1976. Browning was born in a small farm house outside Edinburgh, Illinois on January 16, 1936. She excelled academically and musically as a child, taking two grades in one year,(…)

Another great South Side Pie day

Another great South Side Pie day

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern The fourth year of the South Side Pie Challenge was a success and every dollar raised was donated to Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger programs. Adults, children and college students gathered, on Nov. 7, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., to sample an array of pies.(…)

Davis presents Hyde Park tales

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Susan O’Connor Davis delivered a presentation on the peculiar and unknown narratives of early Hyde Park history. The lecture, presented by the Hyde Park Historical Society, saw Davis paint a complex web of early Hyde(…)

Streetscaping meeting for 55th Street

A 55th Street streetscape follow-up meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Call the 5th Ward office at 773-324-5555 for more information.

Mesa Construction is breaking a pledge

To the Editor: At one of the TIF meetings held at Kenwood HS last year to present the plans for the new 53rd St. development opposite Nichols Park, audience members raised concerns about the impact of parking by construction workers on residential streets adjacent to the site. A pledge was then tendered to the community(…)

Illinois needs fair, progressive revenue

To the Editor: Illinois’ ongoing – and indefensible — ‘budget impasse’ has one principle architect: Governor Bruce Rauner, and his attempt to link anti-union reforms to the passage of a balanced state budget. This manufactured crisis highlights the need for a critical – and fundamental — remedy: the need for Illinois legislators to create stable,(…)

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a long standing history of breeding politicians and political figures. But with any politics comes some form of financial corruption or deceit from candidates and their campaigns. RunClean.org is trying to change that. On Sunday at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., RunClean(…)

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Policing isn’t working. This was the tacit agreement underlying a series of criminal justice-themed lectures at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School, last week. On Thursday, Nov 5., Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board, a quasi-judicial body that decides the guilt or innocence of police(…)

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are showing off their acting, and spelling, skills in their latest production. On Nov. 13, the players will begin their six-show run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will come alive on stage at the University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Community(…)

HPAC exhibition explores African American identity

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Take one step into the Hyde Park Art Center gallery room that now houses Jefferson Pinder’s latest exhibition, “Onyx Odyssey,” and you’ll find yourself standing below dozens of charred, wooden billy clubs suspended in mid-air. Walk two steps to your left and you’ll be staring at a white, neon outline(…)