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Review: “Carousel”

Review: “Carousel”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 3 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-827-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re familiar with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” the first thing you may notice about Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of the 1945 Broadway musical is that the setting(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village volunteer, former Herald intern and University of Chicago (U. of C.) student Andrew Holzman has come up with an innovative way to make sure that the neighborhood senior services organization he helped establish continues on once he leaves Hyde Park. Holzman, who will be going(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and improving its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Strive thanks Hyde Park for helping hand

To the Editor: On behalf of Strive Tutoring, I offer my sincere appreciation for your support of Strive’s April 11 Spring Benefit. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Hyde Park Bank for their partnership and hospitality; and Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Kenwood Liquors, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pizza Capri, Piccolo Mondo, Uncle Joe’s, Hyde Park Produce(…)

UCPD announcement a modest step

To the Editor: Last week, I received an email from the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) announcing that it would began publicizing the university’s policing information on its website. I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Then I began reading news accounts of praises from various community activists, journalists and professors as to what a(…)

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A day-long event celebrating unsung Civil Rights hero Bayard Rustin will take place this weekend. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., there will be panels and a keynote address marking Rustin’s contributions to the movement. His partner, Walter Naegle, will serve(…)

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

City Hyde Park signing up retailers for 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park is about to get crafty. City Hyde Park, the Mac Properties development currently under construction at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, recently signed leases with Michael’s and Marshall’s. Michael’s sells craft supplies, Marshall’s offers moderately priced clothing. Both would be expected in the first half of 2016.(…)

U. of C. police to release more information, but some say its not enough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department announced last Monday changes to policies that neighborhood residents have publicly challenged. UCPD will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs in June. It also will change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. An increase in transparency is something South Side(…)

Awards and a hiatus in park news

JPAC Wins Award The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has won the first award of its kind from the Chicago Parks Foundation. JPAC was one of ten groups to win the foundation’s first-ever Park Advisory Council Award. The award was presented March 28 at the Park Advisory Council Conference at Harry S. Truman College. A(…)

U. of C. Law School to examine police relationship with youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Law School will host a conference addressing the relationship between the police and the public it protects. The Youth/Police Conference hopes to continue the ongoing conversation about how the police interact with African American youth in urban America. The scheduled list of speakers includes Hyde Park(…)

57th Street Art Fair seeking volunteers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 57th Street Art Fair may be two months away, but organizers are already seeking volunteers for the event. This year’s fair — featuring around 200 artists from across the U.S. and Canada —will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6; and from 10 a.m. to(…)

Locals honored for volunteer service at La Rabida Children’s Hospital

In honor of National Volunteers week, La Rabida will host a special banquet spotlighting those who help the patients of the children’s hospital. Hyde Parkers Howard and Audrey Wheat, along with many other volunteers celebrating significant years of service, will receive special pins for their time and dedication to the hospital. The event takes place(…)

Dumplings destined for 57th Street

Dumplings destined for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Star chef Mike Sheerin plans to open a dumpling restaurant on 57th Street. Sheerin, a veteran of Chicago restaurants Blackbird and Cicchetti, expects to open Packed at the old site of Edwardos, 1321 E. 57th St, in late summer. He said he and his business partner, Aaron DiMaria, signed the(…)

Chicago Board of Elections rejects pre-marked ballot claims

Chicago Board of Elections rejects pre-marked ballot claims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Board of Elections has dismissed claims of pre-marked ballots at the polls after a Hyde Park voter said he received one filled in for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported(…)

Annual event invites Hyde Parkers to smarten up on their finances

Annual event invites Hyde Parkers to smarten up on their finances

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Science and Industry and the Blackstone Branch Chicago Public Library will host events in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during the 14th annual Chicago Money Smart Week. During Chicago Money Smart Week, which will take place from April(…)

Hyde Park businesses brace for Vue53 construction

Hyde Park businesses brace for Vue53 construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer With construction on the 13-story, multiuse Vue53 expected to begin in the coming weeks, nearby business owners are concerned that it will lead to lost revenue. Sue Freehling, owner of Freehling Pot and Pan Co., 1365 E. 53rd St., is concerned. She expects her business to be more heavily affected(…)

Improve 57th Street with all in mind

To the Editor: It is so great to read in the Hyde Park Herald about the planning and possible changes for 57th Street. But please always remember that some of us cannot walk far because of age or injuries or because of the distance from our homes to 57th Street in order to use and(…)

Herald leaves out suit details

To the Editor: I am one of the attorneys for life long Hyde Park resident Lincoln Brown. I, too, am a life long resident of Hyde Park. The Herald’s article in “School News” (4/8/15) on Mr. Brown’s case was incomplete in a number of respects. The Federal Court stated (at page 13 of its opinion):(…)

Thanks to Hairston for endorsement

To the Editor: Money won the mayoral election — big money, $26 million of big money. Schools, community health care, public safety, ordinary neighborhoods, ordinary jobs, ordinary people — they all lost. The neo-liberal, Republicrat political machine now owns Chicago, and the special people are very happy. Where was Toni when we needed her to(…)