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A rousing “Tito” at Lyric

What: “La Clemenza di Tito” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through March 23 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic La Clemenza di Tito” is a splendid example of Enlightenment thinking. The main theme is the exercise of power tempered by compassion. Tito rules Rome because his father wrested power from(…)

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers marked the end of a three-year struggle on Saturday when they gathered to rename the north bridge to the Wooded Island in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Herald photographer, parks advocate and social activist, who made her career in Hyde Park until her death in(…)

Days numbered for Harper greystones

Days numbered for Harper greystones

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue will be demolished once the ground thaws. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Antheus spokesman Peter Cassel told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory(…)

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Chicago lawyer spearheading the redesign of Jackson Park revealed new details at a Thursday talk at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Patricia O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will guide the redesign of Jackson Park in accordance with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1895 plan for(…)

New local schools group officially forms

New local schools group officially forms

Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC). As a CAC the Hyde Park community will develop strategic plans for elementary and high schools within the boundaries of Robinson Elementary, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., to the north; Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., to the west; Carnegie Elementary, 1414(…)

Kenwood student a star

Kenwood student a star

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Kyndal Buchanan will receive the “Rising Star” award at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual gala. DuSable’s “Night of 100 Stars Gala” will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday April 5 at the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S.(…)

Charge, bond set in infant murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with the murder of his 3-week-old daughter after she died at Comer Children’s Hospital from injuries resulting from repeated shaking. Jose Garcia, 28, was arrested initially after his daughter was admitted to Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., at 2:45 p.m. on March(…)

Native Foods latest place to open in Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Vegan restaurant Native Foods, 1518 E. Harper Ct., became the most recent business to open in Harper Court. Native Foods was established in 1994 in California. The Harper Court restaurant is the company’s second in the Chicago area. Native Foods serves organic, meat- and dairy-free entrees for around $10. l.welbers@hpherald.com.(…)