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The 4th on 53rd parade needs you!

To the Editor: As we embark on the 24th year of the 4th on 53rd Community Parade and Picnic, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for all the community support the 4th receives. To SECC, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hyde Park Herald especially, who are unfailingly generous with both time and money;(…)

No blank check for Obama Library site

To the Editor: Of what value is a public trust doctrine? We park preservationists have long believed that the public park system belongs to all of us — no one person or another has the right to parcel out pieces of open park land. The presidential museum is a private enterprise. You would think that(…)

Library in park not Obama-like

To the Editor: Though I want the Obama Library to be on the South Side, I definitely do not accept placing it on park property. Park property is sacrosanct. Park property is for the people of Chicago to use unimpeded by any person who is to be honored. I do not care if it is(…)

Christian Mitchell is the real thing

To the Editor: Earlier this month, I and many other seniors at Mary Jane Richardson apartments had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). I’m writing because I was so struck by what Christian did for us that day. He came to us. He brought services that seniors need(…)

DuSable museum applauds foundation’s site choice

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Barack Obama Foundation. Dear Sirs: Since it is “now official,” the Board of Trustees and staff of the DuSable Museum of African American History are writing this letter to express our delight, support and enthusiasm for having the Obama Presidential Library take its rightful place on(…)

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

Obama Library coming to South Side, but exact location remains to be determined

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation officially announced last week that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago. This past Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the(…)

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

Vue53 construction to be complete by July 2016

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vue53 construction will be done by July of next year, according to developers. Plans for the building were presented at a 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council meeting last Monday at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Construction on Vue53 began earlier this month, after residents fought unsuccessfully for more than(…)

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

City Elementary Chicago to open North Side location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based school for children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs is surveying parents to assess the need to add a second location on the North Side of Chicago. City Elementary Chicago, a K-3 school which opened in September inside of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

South Side businesses anticipate economic impact of Obama library

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The news of the Presidential Library coming to the South Side had some Chicagoans emotionally moved in the same way as when the first African American president was elected into the country’s highest office. “Bringing the Presidential Library to the South Side is a step in the right direction of(…)

Review: “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara”

Review: “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through May 17 Tickets: $65 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic From the title “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara,” you might expect a recreation of a show Louis Prima and Keely Smith performed at the titular Las Vegas hotel during their 1950s(…)

Review: “First Date”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through May 17 Tickets: $15-$59 Phone: 312-988-9000 Judging by the enthusiasm of the opening-night crowd, there’s undoubtedly a local audience for “First Date,” the 90-minute musical with a book by Austin Winsberg (TV’s “Gossip Girl”) and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael(…)

Sixth grader to perform Vivaldi on violin

Sixth grader to perform Vivaldi on violin

Nicolas Worsley, winner of the Claire Despres Oppenheim Concerto Competition for 2015, will perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for violin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Worsley is a sixth grade student at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He studies violin with Hyde(…)

Divvy expands in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago bike share service Divvy is adding 176 stations across the city, including eight in Hyde Park. Since April — when Mayor Emanuel announced the expansion — most of the Hyde Park’s new stations have been installed, according to a Divvy map. They include three along the Metra train tracks(…)

Two Hyde Park playground renovations complete, with third on the way

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District has completed renovations on two Hyde Park playgrounds, and another is on its way. Earlier this month, the Park District reopened the playgrounds at Burnham Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr., and Spruce Playlot Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave. The playgrounds were renovated as part of(…)

Rodfei Zedek to explore sex trafficking at Monday talk

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Congregation Rodfei Zedek will tackle sex trafficking at a talk next week. The discussion, entitled “Sex Trafficking: The Jewish Responsibility,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at the synagogue, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The free program will feature speakers Donna Fischman, co-chair of the Jewish(…)

Muddled messages on UCPD issues

To the Editor: As someone who has been very much involved in the debate over community policing, I welcome the attention given to this issue, in particular, on these pages, from journalist Jamie Kalven, and my alderman, Will Burns (4th). I’m not quite sure I understand the points they are attempting to make in regards(…)

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) have agreed to a new contract. The new contract with National Nurses United (NNU) — which was reached over three nights at the Friend Family Health Center, 800 E. 55th St. — stipulates that nurses will no longer work both(…)

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With warm weather on its way, two Hyde Park farmers markets are returning outdoors. Following a monthly schedule indoors this winter, the 61st Street Farmers Market will be held weekly outside Experimental Station, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave, beginning this Saturday, May 16. The market will be open 9 a.m. to(…)

Chicago Free School finding its way

Chicago Free School finding its way

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It’s the beginning of the school day on a foggy Wednesday morning at the Chicago Free School. Students in founder Lauren Beitler’s 3-5 grade class sit around several desks that have been pushed together to discuss plans for Thursday and Friday. Each one writes down the ingredients they plan(…)

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results of the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) second survey on 57th Street were revealed last week. They were shared last Monday, May 4, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., where around 25 Hyde Parkers joined SECC Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to(…)