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Review: “The Herd”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June14 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the hands of a lesser company than Steppenwolf Theatre, the U.S. premiere of actor-playwright Rory Kinnear’s first play, “The Herd,” might come across as just another dysfunctional family drama. But director Frank(…)

Architect, Patricia O’Donnell, talks on Jackson Park in Russian conference

The Obama Library isn’t the only South Side attraction getting global attention: World-famous landscape architect Patricia O’Donnell is scheduled to give a talk on Jackson Park in Russia next month. O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will discuss the park at the 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects in St.(…)

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A section of South Harper Avenue will be named after poet, playwright, activist and South Side native Oscar Brown Jr. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, Harper Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets, will be cordoned off to allow for a street naming ceremony. Brown’s daughters, Maggie Brown and(…)

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Sinking enrollment may mean the end for Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A dramatic drop in enrollment due to population decline in Chicago, a slow recovery from the economic recession and increased competition from selective enrollment and charter schools has had an adverse effect on Hales Franciscan, according to Principal Nichole(…)

Runners need to be mindful of walkers

To the Editor: Does the Hyde Park community realize that the proliferation of joggers on sidewalks has become a safety hazard? Yes. Ask a local resident about leaving a store and almost being run down by a guy or gal in short  shorts. It has become a very common occurrence. When stepping out of a business or(…)

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded the recent announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. On May 12, the same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a(…)

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte and Ray elementary schools will be graduating their first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years. After the phase-out of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., in 2013, both Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were designated as welcoming(…)

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Editor’s note: Among food enthusiast communities, Hyde Park offers unique dining experiences that deserve a spotlight. While communities throughout Chicago, like Pilsen and Wicker Park, have been lauded by food critics around the country, food reviewers have been slow to warm up to Hyde Park’s emerging food scene. In the Food for Thought Series, the Hyde(…)

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Louise McCurry, president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), is looking to involve artist Indira Johnson in an effort to revitalize the Iowa Building. The collaboration has not yet been officially announced for the storied site, located near the intersection of South Everett Avenue and 56th Street. Both Johnson(…)

Midway Park Advisory Council takes another stab at vote

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Another election for Midway Park Advisory Council officers will take place next Wednesday, May 27. Elections for the new group’s officers have been scheduled twice before — on April 27 and on May 13 — but both times failed to attract three eligible contenders. Like at all park advisory councils(…)

Ancona School bids farewell to Bonnie Wishne with event-packed weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School is hosting Bonnie’s Legacy Weekend May 29 to May 31, in honor of school head Bonnie Wishne, who will retire at the end of the school year. Bonnie’s Bash will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Bridgeport Art Center,(…)

The wonderful dreamworld of Pelléas et Mélisande

The wonderful dreamworld of Pelléas et Mélisande

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” is one of the 20th century’s landmark scores, an ethereal setting of Maurice Maeterlinck’s symbolist play of the same name. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra tapped Esa-Pekka Salonen to conduct their first-ever complete performance of the opera, and the results were spectacular. In outline, the story is a(…)

Review: “Sense and Sensibility”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago SHakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 14 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of the musical “Sense and Sensibility” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater is like a sumptuous feast that somehow leaves you unsatisfied. Based on the 1811 novel by the beloved Jane Austen, the show(…)

New space, soaring STEM in school news

New space, soaring STEM in school news

Outdoor Learning Space at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. The Ancona School has met its financial goals for phase 1 and phase 2 of its Outdoor Learning Space project. The space will be used as an outdoor classroom and play space for all grade levels at the school. The school was able to(…)

New legislation clears way for Obama library

New legislation clears way for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Although officially announced last week, South Siders learned in early May that Obama Library would be built here after the President reportedly thanked Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan for their efforts. Cullerton and Madigan had pushed for the passage of HB 373, which amended Illinois(…)

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded last week’s announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. The same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a South Side trauma(…)

Why court was correct

By JAY TRAVIS On May 8, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court sided with public sector retirees and workers with a unanimous decision that ruled the pension law passed in 2013 unconstitutional. This court ruling honors the promises made to public sector workers and paves the way for a more collaborative process for reaching a solution(…)

The 4th on 53rd parade needs you!

To the Editor: As we embark on the 24th year of the 4th on 53rd Community Parade and Picnic, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for all the community support the 4th receives. To SECC, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hyde Park Herald especially, who are unfailingly generous with both time and money;(…)

No blank check for Obama Library site

To the Editor: Of what value is a public trust doctrine? We park preservationists have long believed that the public park system belongs to all of us — no one person or another has the right to parcel out pieces of open park land. The presidential museum is a private enterprise. You would think that(…)

Library in park not Obama-like

To the Editor: Though I want the Obama Library to be on the South Side, I definitely do not accept placing it on park property. Park property is sacrosanct. Park property is for the people of Chicago to use unimpeded by any person who is to be honored. I do not care if it is(…)