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Landing the Obama library

Landing the Obama library

Long before anyone else but the president was thinking about it, we at the Herald began wondering about the presidential library: How would we ensure it came to the South Side of Chicago? Where would it be built? We shared our questions with our readers and you kindly joined in on the speculation. Well, we(…)

Plan to provide East Hyde Park permits appears to be fizzling

Plan to provide East Hyde Park permits appears to be fizzling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of the 5400 block of South Shore Drive and their neighbors may not be the first Hyde Parkers with permit parking after all. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) heard from residents of the area at a meeting at the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Drive, Thursday night. Residents said they were concerned(…)

City affirms Harte Elementary land transfer with Antheus Capital

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago City Council re-approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus Capital, which includes upgrades to Bret Harte Elementary School, at their April meetings. The agreement, which was originally approved in 2008, gives Antheus a small strip of land once owned by CPS in exchange(…)

Cleansate to return this June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate will begin beautification on the entire 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA) corridor as early as June 1, managing director Brady Gott said. The organization helps people who are challenged by homelessness, poverty or incarceration to receive training for long-term employment. While they are in training for a job(…)

Unpacking Burns’ ideas

Editor’s note: A column by Ald. Will Burns (4th) in last week’s Herald presented three ideas to raise revenue for the city. We asked a staff member to provide further explanation about these ideas. By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Staff Writer In Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) column in last week’s issue of the Herald, the city council(…)

SOBs shine through Baroque Band

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band has been pleasing Chicago and particularly Hyde Park audiences since 2007. Founded by British violinist Garry Clarke, it has established itself as a fixture on the Chicago music scene. Such is its strength that it has continued without a glitch this season even with Clarke on a(…)

Review: “The Way West”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   To some extent, we each create the myth of our life that helps us make it through the day, and we assume that this is a relatively healthy — or(…)