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A bad idea rears its ugly head again

To the Editor: Once again, there is yet another move in the City Council to rename our landmark Chicago Cultural Center the “Eleanor Daley Cultural Center.” Such an action, for various reasons, would be inappropriate. Our historic, splendid and beautiful cultural center, formerly the Central Library Building, should continue to honor in its name the(…)

Kenwood’s endangered Frank Lloyd Wright houses

To the Editor: The Blossom and McArthur Houses in Kenwood are important early designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and their interiors are world-class works of art. The seeds of everything Wright eventually accomplished, from the Robie House to the Guggenheim, are already germinating at the corner of 49th Street and Kenwood Avenue. At 122 years(…)

Distance between bus stops too long

To the Editor: I am a regular bus rider on the 47th Street bus with the last stop being 47th and Lake Park, where I have to catch the No. 6 going south to my job on 53rd and Hyde Park. The problem is the bus stop between 47th and Lake Park and the No.(…)

Hyde Park is coming into its own

To the Editor: There are so many reasons to visit Hyde Park. The excitement on 53rd Street is intoxicating; retail stores, people young and old, fine dining and much more. Who would have thought? In 2001, I opened my law practice in the Hyde Park Bank building; I have seen the ups and downs of(…)

Setting the record straight at the Village

To the Editor: We fear some statements in Daschell Phillips’ article in the Dec. 25 issue of the Hyde Park Herald will give incorrect impressions about our plans for the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). The Village will not be a senior center or social welfare agency.  However, the absence of such services in our(…)

It’s too late to yearn for B&B project

To the Editor: The articles and letters about the pros and cons of B&Bs in Kenwood are interesting, but isn’t the point moot? I assume that the Tawani Foundation has withdrawn its offers for the two Frank Lloyd Wright houses. For good reasons. There are plenty of interesting historic properties all over Chicago with which(…)

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   Chef Matthias Merges said he expects the Hyde Park location of his Avondale Japanese restaurant Yusho to open this summer. On Dec. 17, a lawsuit originally filed in August challenging a University of Chicago-backed petition calling for the sale of alcohol in the area was dismissed. The lawsuit, filed(…)

Review: “Die Fledermaus”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through Jan. 18 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic If you like to greet the new year with champagne and you love opera, you probably know that “Die Fledermaus” contains one of the most joyous musical tributes to champagne ever written. Lyric Opera is now(…)