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Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Monday evening’s storm brought an abrupt halt to the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s annual potluck picnic, but not before the community had a chance to come together, socialize and celebrate the progress that has been made in the last year towards restoring parks and recreational spaces throughout Hyde Park and(…)

CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)

Dyett group squares off against local politicians

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Bronzeville community organization is pitting itself against Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Ald. Will Burns (4th) in an effort to bring an open enrollment, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)-operated high school into the neighborhood. Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School along with Bronzeville residents and CPS teachers gathered(…)

Review: Summer music at two Hyde Park landmarks

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago is the world’s second largest musical instrument. The largest is its sister carillon (also named for Laura Spelman Rockefeller) at the Riverside Church in New York City. This year, the University of Chicago marks half(…)

Review: “Inana”

Review: “Inana”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 26 Tickets: $39-$52 Phone: 773-281-8463 By Anne Spiselman Theater Critic Just read the papers or watch the news, and it seems like irreplaceable antiquities are being destroyed every day. The precious remains of human history and culture are blown up by invaders,(…)

Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn St, When: through Aug. 2 Tickets: $27-$79 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You don’t have to be a Chekhov aficionado to enjoy Goodman Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” but it helps. Durang mixes, matches, and mashes(…)

Ald. Hairston organizes salsa dance event

This Sunday, Hyde Parkers can attend a free dance event organized by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Dance Till Dusk will feature salsa dancing and stepping, hosted by Ken Bedford, on the tennis court in Harold Washington Park (corner of 53rd Street and Lake Shore Drive). The event takes place July 19, from 2 p.m. to(…)

U. of C. to present hotel idea for 53rd

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. During the meeting representatives from the University of Chicago will present a proposal for a boutique hotel on 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue.

Jackson Park Advisory Council to hold photography classes

This Saturday, take advantage of a free, nature photography class in Jackson Park. The event is sponsored by the Jackson Park Advisory Council and comes as part of JPAC’s nature photography contest (July 18 to August 7). The free class will be held by photographer Spencer Bibbs, July 18, at 9 a.m., on Jackson Park’s(…)

Alpha Kappa Alpha coming to Hyde Park

Alpha Kappa Alpha coming to Hyde Park

By SARAH E. PAN Staff Writer This Wednesday to Sunday, the service organization Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting a Leadership Seminar in Chicago, bringing thousands of international members to the city and Hyde Park. During the seminar, the organization intends to make a mark with playground renovation, backpack donation, food resources and a hosted(…)

U. of C. offers free online courses

U. of C. offers free online courses

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern This week, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is releasing a free online law course. Anyone can go online and take Randal C. Picker’s seven-week course, self-paced and with no definite start and end date. Learn more about the important relationship between law and technology with the course: “Internet(…)

Jimmy Carter coming to Seminary Co-op

Jimmy Carter coming to Seminary Co-op

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern On July 24, former president Jimmy Carter is coming to the Seminary Co-op bookstore to sign his latest memoir “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Co-sponsored by the UChicago Institute of Politics, doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the signings are first come, first served. In “A Full Life,” the(…)

Eugenie R, Mirelowitz, 88

Eugenie R, Mirelowitz, 88

Hyde Park resident Eugenie Victoria Mirelowitz (née Rivkin) passed away on March 27, surrounded by family. She was 88 years old. Mirelowitz was an educator in New York and Chicago, who taught at the elementary school and university level. Rivkin was born in Brooklyn in 1926, the youngest of three children. She was named after(…)

Sandra McVicker Rosenfield, 78

Sandra McVicker Rosenfield, 78

Long-time Hyde Park resident Sandra McVicker Rosenfield passed away unexpectedly from fulminant pneumonia at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at her residence in Monticello, Ill. She was 78 years old. Rosenfield was born on Feb. 13, 1937 in Normal, Ill., to Lewis and Alberta McVicker. She was a graduate of Bement High School and Northwestern(…)

Leslie L. Fant, 76

Leslie L. Fant, 76

Leslie L. Fant succumbed to this life on June 30, 2015, at Montgomery Place Retirement Community and Home Care Services. Fant was an educator who is remembered for his dedication to mentoring hundreds of kids in Hyde Park and Englewood. Fant was born to Virginia Randolph and Robert Fant on March 18, 1939, in Bowling(…)

Local pols need to talk straight about budget

To the Editor: While the state budget impasse continues, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) still support the spending plan passed by the legislature promising to cover essential services but with a deficit of more than $3 billion (See their articles in the June 17 Herald). Gov. Bruce Rauner(…)

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

By Alexis Miller Staff Writer The downtown crowds and humidity didn’t stop Hyde Park resident Rachel Keller from enjoying this year’s Taste of Chicago at Grant Park. Keller has been consistently coming to the Taste since she was in high school at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “I always loved the fact that I(…)

Local barista makes music his business

Local barista makes music his business

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer At the heart of Hyde Park there is an enterprising beat that resonates through many of the residents and those people drawn to the community. Fred Freeman, known as Oplus in the music industry, is one of those Hyde Parkers, who views the world from an entrepreneurial lens. Although you(…)

Ald. Burns, Pfleger speak on “Chiraq”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Rev. Michael Pfleger were featured in a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, July 9, that addressed the controversial title of Spike Lee’s latest film, “Chiraq.” Burns has been outspoken against the movie’s title for some time. He has gone so(…)

Focus Desk helps special learners

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Nancy Dellamore, once a Hyde Park Day School parent, is pioneering a new classroom desk that adapts to students’ learning styles. The Focus Desk, an easily-adjustable workstation, is a product of Marvel Group Inc., a Chicago-based furniture company that Dellamore and her husband co-own. For more than a decade, Dellamore(…)