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Local blogger is rising

Local blogger is rising

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blogger Mikki Kendall is no stranger to controversy. The Hyde Park native has made many Internet friends and enemies, tackling such sensitive topics as abortion, race and gender inequality with unapologetic candor. She has also achieved as of late a certain kind of fame on the web, which has spread(…)

Bergstein’s deli holds grand opening

Bergstein’s NY Deli, 1164 E. 55th St., held its grand opening last Monday, and will begin closing five hours later, at 8 p.m., starting on Feb. 10. The grand opening featured free desserts and finger foods over music as well as a gift card raffle, according to owner Bill Davis. The Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s opened(…)

Local Obama library momentum building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement comes on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

Part 3: The commercial core at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue

Part 3: The commercial core at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS It is no coincidence that the revival of Hyde Park’s commercial core is centered at 53rd and Lake Park Avenue, an intersection that over the years has witnessed growth and decline, tragedy and renewal. Today on any weekend night there is a line out the door at Chipotle, valet parking is(…)

A view of East Hyde Park just before dawn Tuesday from the 31st Street Marina. Photo by Marc Monaghan

Locals sign up for Community Action Council

Locals sign up for Community Action Council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee hosted another Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC) interest meeting last Wednesday. About 40 community members attended the meeting, which was held at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Out of the 40, 16 people signed up(…)

Review: “Seven Guitars”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theater, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: Through Feb. 16 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I haven’t seen August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” since its world premiere at Goodman Theatre in January 1995, and my opinion of the play hasn’t changed much since then. Court Theatre’s production directed by Ron(…)

Deli expands hours, offers breakfast

Deli expands hours, offers breakfast

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Bergstein’s, Hyde Park’s newest deli, began offering breakfast sandwiches last week. Bergstein’s, 1164 E. 55th St., now opens at 7 a.m. and offers a range of sandwiches. Manager Josh Widen said they expect to serve Intelligentsia coffee soon. The hours Bergstein’s remain open will extend to 8 p.m. after Feb.(…)