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Corruption, jockeying and Axelrod’s return in 2013

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park and Kenwood were a hotbed of political activity in 2013, marked by the opening of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, state Sen. Kwame Raoul’s (D-16) appointment to Illinois’ Pension Reform Conference Committee and the election of a replacement to the seat of disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson(…)

Rousing 2013 for retail

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park’s retail environment saw many changes this year, with the completion of the multi-story Harper Court building and Hyatt Hotel. But a slew of notable newcomers — and exits — has made its mark on the neighborhood, including on its two major commercial corridors, 53rd and 55th streets. 55th(…)

“Parsifal” sets sights low

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic I’m sure there was a time when a “God is dead” approach to “Parsifal” would have been both shocking and fascinating. But it turns out you can’t kill God. Artists can’t, anyway. So the only way to go is to kill man. Not just a single hero. Not even(…)

“An Inspector Calls”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: though Jan. 12 Tickets: $37.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You wouldn’t immediately think of “An Inspector Calls” as a holiday show, but J. B. Priestley’s 1945 play is akin to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” — without the(…)

James Morgan and the expansion of the Hyde Park lakefront

James Morgan and the expansion of the Hyde Park lakefront

The sweeping curve of the shoreline and wading beach near the Chicago Beach Hotel were not necessarily as intended by nature. Those boardwalks and cabanas owed their sandy perches to the ingenuity of one James Morgan. Unknown to those landing at Morgan’s Pier, the structure had provided a most different service. The original shoreline was(…)

Science live on TV, courtesy of students

Science live on TV, courtesy of students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Teens working with the Museum of Science and Industry’s (MSI) Science Achievers youth development program just completed their first season of recording the live call-in TV show “Teens Exploring Science with a Live Audience” (TESLA). The Science Achiever’s youth development program at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., is(…)

How Wright came to Kenwood

How Wright came to Kenwood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Frank Lloyd Wright came to Chicago when he was just a teenager. By the time he was 24-years-old he was designing his first houses, with the budget and support to explore his aesthetic choices. Dozens of Kenwood residents came to an informational meeting on the Blossom and McArthur houses, hosted(…)

Preckwinkle discusses state of Cook

Preckwinkle discusses state of Cook

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented a State of the County address to members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce at its Quarterly Breakfast Seminar, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. Joined by Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer, Preckwinkle emphasized the(…)