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Closing of Bixler Playlot for construction is frustrating and insulting

To the Editor: During the spring and summer, I brought my 4-year-old daughter to Bixler Playlot almost every day. It was our home away from home, and we could be almost guaranteed to meet friends there every time we went. It had a sandbox, water, and a fence to keep her safe. On Friday morning,(…)

Review: “The House That Will Not Stand”

Review: “The House That Will Not Stand”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through July 10 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Marcus Gardley’s “The House That Will Not Stand” could be a fascinating play about a little-known piece of African American history, but it isn’t. Instead, Gardley combines a convoluted plot, one-dimensional characters,(…)

Review: “The SpongeBob Musical”

Review: “The SpongeBob Musical”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through July 10 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nothing succeeds like excess could be the guiding principle behind the pre-Broadway world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical,” the stage version of Nickelodeon’s popular animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants” that started in 1999 and(…)

Jane Bergman Stone, 84

Jane Bergman Stone, 84

Jane Bergman Stone, 84, a lifelong resident of Hyde Park-Kenwood, died at home on June 18, 2016 after a 38-year on again off again battle with cancer. Bergman Stone was born in Chicago on November 14, 1931, to Hyde Parkers Lewis and Ruth Genzberger Bergman. An unrepentant Trotskyite, she was active in radical political causes(…)

Willie Pickens featured in courtyard jazz series

Willie Pickens featured in courtyard jazz series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Friday, July 1, a special jazz in the courtyard performance will feature famous Chicago jazz musician, Willie Pickens. Pickens will play from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Pickens is known for his jazzy(…)

Craft makers excited about Michaels opening

Craft makers excited about Michaels opening

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The new Michaels craft store had its grand opening Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony began at 9:45 a.m., before which customers had lined up to the storefront for hours. The first one hundred people in the store received gift cards to celebrate; over $1500 in(…)

4th on 53rd committee release details about parade

4th on 53rd committee release details about parade

Monday, July 4, 2016 Nichols Park Advisory Council, South East Chicago Commission, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Park District proudly present “An Old Fashioned Fourth of July!” Official Parade Route Parade staging: 54th and Old Lake Park (Hyde Park Bank Parking Lot), Bike decorating at 9 a.m., Assembly 10 a.m., Step-off 11 a.m.(…)

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

New luxury men’s shoe store opening on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jojayden Handmade, a men’s shoe store featuring luxury, handmade shoes, opened on Friday, June 24, at 1457 E. 53rd St. For Jojayden’s founder, Wale Nubi, the opening of his first store has been almost five years in the making but his passion for luxury shoes has been a lifetime love(…)

Hyde Park native sells healthy snacks at local Whole Foods

Hyde Park native sells healthy snacks at local Whole Foods

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The buzz surrounding the new Whole Foods in Hyde Park, 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., comes down to the responsibly produced and health conscious products the chain store is known for. What’s different about this Whole Foods, in particular, is a lot of the merchandise that make up the shelves(…)

Hashtag Lunchbag Helps Feed the Homeless

Hashtag Lunchbag Helps Feed the Homeless

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Volunteers from the South Side and the South Suburbs packed lunches for the homeless, Saturday, June 25, at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., for Hashtag Lunchbag’s monthly event. The organization, which started in Los Angeles three years ago and grew through social media, brings people together in various(…)

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Dance students, instructors, anthropologists and disciples of the late Katherine Dunham gathered at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Wednesday , June 24, to celebrate her 107th birthday. A University of Chicago alum (class of 1936), Dunham studied anthropology as an undergraduate. She traveled to(…)