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Hollywood takes over Hyde Park streets

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hollywood came to Hyde Park on Friday to film a scene of “Southside With You,” a movie about President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s first date. Ald. Will Burns (4th) notified residents and businesses on 53rd Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Kimbark Avenue, and all of Kimbark Avenue between Hyde(…)

Police critics take to street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization encouraging accountability and equitable policing practices in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), is canvassing through Hyde Park in the hopes of furthering its relationship with the community. The CEP was formed in 2013 after students from Dyett and Kenwood(…)

Review: Leo Fall operetta falls short

Review: Leo Fall operetta falls short

Where: Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. When: through Aug. 2 Tickets: chicagofolksoperetta.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Leo Fall (1873 – 1925) was one of the great composers of operettas. He got his early training at the Vienna Conservatory and once worked as a violinist in Franz Lehár’s orchestra. He wrote his first(…)

Review: “All Our Tragic”

Review: “All Our Tragic”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $125, available at the-hypocrites.com The Hypocrites’ “All Our Tragic” should be required viewing for anyone interested in theater. After seeing the world premiere of artistic director Sean Graney’s mash-up of all 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides last(…)

Review: “Kinky Boots”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through July 26 Tickets: $25-$108 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed the pre-Broadway premiere of “Kinky Boots” at the Bank of America Theatre in 2012, I praised the concept, the music and lyrics by pop idol Cyndi Lauper, David Rockwell’s scenic(…)

Hyde Park area chief is now CPS education chief

Janice Jackson has been named the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Prior to her appointment, Jackson was the Network Chief of Network 9, which included overseeing schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Jackson also previously served as acting principal for Westinghouse and Al Raby high schools. CPS has not yet confirmed Jackson’s(…)

Dyett grads invite community to celebrate

A picnic celebrating the final 13 graduates of Dyett High School will take place at 4 p.m., July 26, on the school’s campus at 555 E. 51st St. The school is inviting the entire community to celebrate the Dyett students and enjoy food, a DJ, games and participate in a trunk party for Dyett 13(…)

Historical society to tour historic homes

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) is hosting a free program and tour of historic Rosalie Villas, the 1880s houses on Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th streets — including the restored interior of this year’s Despres Preservation Award winner. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at HPHS, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. For(…)

JCC launching swim program for special needs community

The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (JCC) has launched a swimming program that provides instruction to children and adults with specials needs. The Aquatics Inclusion Program introduces water safety and swim programs to Chicago-area residents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Aquatics Inclusion Program will be offered at JCC’s Hyde Park location, 5200 S.(…)

Upcoming movies on the Midway

Beginning Wednesday, July 22, the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement will sponsor Midweek @ the Midway: 2015 Movies in the Park. The theme of this year’s series is “Bring the Movies to Life.” Moviegoers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the films. There will be some “Frozen” characters on(…)

Sidewalk sale coming this weekend

Businesses on 53rd, 55th and 57th streets will be participating in a neighborhood sidewalk sale. The Hyde Park Summer Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23 to July 25. Businesses such as Ace Hardware, Walgreens, Belle Up Boutique, Anastasia, Hyde Park Records, Toys et Cetera and 57th Street Books(…)

Tacos slated for Ribs ‘N’ Bibs

The former Ribs ‘N Bibs building, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., is currently under construction and will soon be the home of the Hyde Park Taco Station. The restaurant is expected to open in mid-September, according to restaurant owner Edgar Vasquez. Vasquez describes Hyde Park Taco Station as Mexican fast gourmet street food made from farm-fresh(…)

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Music abounds in Hyde Park this summer, with multiple free concerts happening throughout the neighborhood each week. Newly added to the roster of events is a free open-air music series at Harper Court, co-hosted by the University of Chicago and Eric Williams, owner of the recently-opened jewelry and apparel shop(…)

New curator picked at Logan Center

New curator picked at Logan Center

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Yesomi Umolu has been appointed as the new curator at the Logan Center for the Arts. Starting Aug. 3, Umolu will oversee exhibitions and work closely with the university and city to develop new art programs. “In Yesomi, we have found a curator who will advance the adventurous, collaborative and(…)

Tom Huyck, 77

Tom Huyck, 77

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77. Huyck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Dartmouth College before becoming a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for almost 50(…)

Don Willard, 73

Don Willard, 73

Hyde Park resident Don Willard passed away peacefully in his home on July 12, 2015, surrounded by family. The glioblastoma brain tumor that took his life was discovered on May 3. Willard was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1942. He served with the US Air Force, graduated from Boston College in 1968 and came to(…)