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Burns flips on TIF cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) voted last Wednesday to discharge from City Council an ordinance he co-sponsored last July. The legislation would have redistributed undesignated funds from city Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts with 2012 revenues of more than $1 million to the municipality, for possible use on Chicago(…)

Hyde Parkers hope to restore sculptor’s memorial

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chicago-area preservationists are raising funds to restore the resting spot of the sculptor who designed the entrance to St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Ravenswood-based group Preservation Chicago is seeking to restore the Park Ridge, Ill. Georgia Guard Memorial, where sculptor Alfonso Iannelli(…)

Latke Hamantash Debate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 67th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday November 26, at Mandel Hall, Reynold’s Club, 1131 E. 57th St. The annual debate between the superiority of the latke, a potato pancake traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, and the hamantash, a jam-filled cookie traditionally eaten during Purim, has(…)

Part 1: Lake Park Avenue, at 47th Street

Part 1: Lake Park Avenue, at 47th Street

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS In its earliest days, 47th Street bore no likeness to the busy commercial thoroughfare it is today. Nor was it a dividing line between communities; rather it was social center of a quiet, well-to-do residential community. The evolution was a gradual one. The street, lined with elegant single-family homes, was widened,(…)

Introducing a new series to the Herald

Introducing a new series to the Herald

After land clearance in the 1950s, and during the huge urban renewal project that followed, the character of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community was greatly changed. Wide expanses of open land were created by the demolition of crowded, decaying buildings on Lake Park Avenue and in the business districts along 47th, 51st, 53rd, 55th, and 57th(…)

Harper Court celebrated

Harper Court celebrated

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Above photo: Left to right: Anthony Beach (General Manager, Hyatt Chicago-South / University), David Cocagne (President and CEO, Vermilion Development Corporation), Robert J. Zimmer (President, University of Chicago), Ald. Will Burns (4th), Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, City of Chicago), and Andrew J. Mooney (Commissioner, Department Housing and Economic Development, City of Chicago)(…)

Review: “Madama Butterfly”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: Through Jan. 26 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago has a new production of “Madama Butterfly.” It’s simple, it’s pretty and it’s effective. The sets and costumes by Christopher Oram and the stage direction by Louisa Muller (of a revival originally(…)