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Chamber’s vision for 2015

By PATTI KIDWELL Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce President The year 2015 has many exciting things in store for the city of Chicago as well as Hyde Park. The economy is showing some signs of life, the stock markets are on the rise and I hear and see more optimism from our local business owners.(…)

Obama Library: South Side yes, in a park no

To the Editor: With dismay I have watched momentum gather for placing the Obama Presidential Library in a major park. With the rest of the South Side, Hyde Parkers long to have the library of this remarkable man nearby, but a park — public land – is not the place for it. Siting the library(…)

Vue53 fight may be over

To the Editor: Last week the Appellate Court upheld Judge Pantle’s dismissal on procedural grounds of our lawsuit challenging the McMobil rezoning. We are disappointed that the merits of the case will not be discussed in court, and that Vue53, which we still consider illegally zoned as well as wrong for the neighborhood, will presumably(…)

Vue53 is not right for its location

To the Editor: Although there have not been many articles lately concerning the building that has been proposed for 53rd Street at Kenwood, silence means that no progress has been made to prevent the 13 story building from going up. Whatever encouraged Ald. Will Burns (4th) to change the zoning there in order to allow that(…)

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room, a longtime cultural hub, will soon call Hyde Park home. Entrepreneur Eric Williams will move and reopen permanently on April 2 in the former location of pop-up store Neighborly, 1506 E. 53rd St. The University of Chicago will be his landlord. Since he opened(…)

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though the vacant lot where Michael Reese Hospital once stood has already been ruled out as a potential site for the Obama Library, some Chicagoans are urging reconsideration of the location. Ald. Will Burns (4th) disagrees, maintaining that it lacks accessibility. The Obama Foundation rejected the 48-acre space last fall(…)

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sandy Bixby was appointed to the position of middle school principal at University of Chicago Laboratory School. This is a promotion for Bixby, who has been a member of the school’s science department since 2007. A search advisory committee at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has spent the last(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle to host prayer breakfast, anti-violence talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church will host a prayer breakfast and fundraiser on Saturday. The 12th annual breakfast, hosted by the Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary – Knights of Columbus, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Rev. Andrew C.(…)

Kenwood Academy language students collect shoes for those in need worldwide

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish Department at Kenwood Academy High School is collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that collects(…)

“The Passenger” takes you on a remarkable journey

“The Passenger” takes you on a remarkable journey

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “The Passenger” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: through Mar. 15 Phone: 312-332-2244 Composer Miecyslaw Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger” has made its Midwest premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago in a production which gives this long-ignored work its proper due. The opera is based on the(…)

Second cast is first rate in Lyric’s Tosca

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through March 14 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Revolutionary intrigue and artistic temperament combine for tragedy in Puccini’s “Tosca,” now at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The second cast in the production directed by John Caird is led by Hue He (in the title role)(…)

Review: “Dunsinane”

Review: “Dunsinane”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through March 22 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic One country invades another with the good intention of bringing peace, only to have the conflict spin out of control, leading to the destruction of whole villages, the murder of soldiers and civilians, and(…)

Hyde Park theaters to present plays by August Wilson this spring

Three Hyde Park theaters will host performances in conjunction with a citywide celebration of renowned playwright August Wilson, which will take place through April 18. The celebration is an exploration of Wilson’s work that includes concert readings, panel discussions and special events such as the revival of “Two Running Trains,” which will be directed by(…)

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At 32-year-old University of Chicago paleontology research scholar Nizar Ibrahim isn’t sure how he is going to top the first major find of his career. Ibrahim presented the first semiaquatic dinosaur ever found to Hyde Park last Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. He discovered the 50(…)

What about Reese?

Like everyone else we talk to, we are in favor of bringing the Barack Obama Presidential Library to the South Side of Chicago. We think it will be a powerful symbol. It probably will also be a modest but positive economic contributor, and it can be thoughtfully accomplished without displacing residents. We do wonder, though,(…)

Woodlawn wants the Obama Library

To the Editor: We are neighbors in the Woodlawn community. We need your attention to this most urgent matter. Over the course of the past 12 months, we have been excited and nervously hopeful to learn the Barack Obama Foundation is considering Jackson Park and Washington Park as potential locations for the Obama Presidential Library(…)