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How to vote in Chicago’s April 7 runoff election

With less than a week until Chicago’s runoff mayoral election, voting has already begun. Early voting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every through day through Saturday, April 4. A government ID is required. Hyde Park’s nearest early voting polling places are the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, the Jackson Park(…)

The Obama Library in a park? No!

To the Editor: May I add my sharp opposition to the now seemingly inevitable placement of the Obama Presidential Library on a large slice of diverted public park space in either Washington or Jackson parks. The Park District is gravely remiss in its giveaway of dedicated public open land to this project, just as they(…)

Breaking the code at the Museum of Science and Industry

Breaking the code at the Museum of Science and Industry

  By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a few connections to “The Imitation Game,” a critically acclaimed thriller that took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Imitation Game” tells the story of Alan Turing, a British cryptanalyst who used codebooks and an Enigma machine found on the Museum of Science(…)

Hyde Parkers back Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal

Hyde Parkers back Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council Schools Committee and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council voted to send letters of support to the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett as it prepares its proposal to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for an open enrollment, green technology high school. At its meeting Wednesday night,(…)

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald shows there is overwhelming support for placing the Barack Obama Presidential Library near Washington Park, but not in it. In an online, unscientific poll, 292 people voiced where they feel is the best place to site the library. The far and away(…)

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two new pop-up stores are coming to 53rd Street. Lively, an Oak Park-based running and athletic wear store for women, and Belle Up, a maternity store out of Beverly, will both open temporary second locations on 53rd Street. Lively will open April 1 for six months at 5421 S. Harper(…)

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the Chicago Park District has plans to redo much of the lakefront from 45th to 51st streets, some Hyde Parkers want to take extra steps to protect the natural resources that are a little harder to see. Greg Lane swims in the lake every day even through the winter.(…)

At the Hyde Park Art Center, it’s a matter of timecapsules

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center is inviting the public to contribute to a time capsule, as part of a planned expansion. The time capsule — scheduled to open on Hyde Park Art Center’s (HPAC) 100th anniversary — will be located in its new Guida Family Creative Wing. HPAC will break(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In her first public meeting since last month’s election, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) shared plans to create four new advisory councils. Hairston invited constituents to join the new groups last Tuesday at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Their focuses will include the 71st/Stony Island TIF, zoning along 71st(…)

Israeli music coming to K.A.M. synagogue Sunday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host a symphonic youth band from Israel on April 5. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature 55 Israeli musicians between 12 and 18 years old. The K’far Vradim symphonic youth band will stop at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.,(…)

Do Not Submit open mic storytelling series to kick off this year in Hyde Park Friday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Annual North Side storytelling open mic “Do Not Submit” is expanding across the city — including to Hyde Park. “Do Not Submit” started in 2012 in Wrigleyville and took place last year in Lakeview’s Powells Books, before it closed. This year’s expansion is an effort to get Chicagoans beyond the(…)

I left my heart in the Tower of London: “The Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard,” reckoned by both its creators as their best collaboration, was recently performed at Mandel Hall. Hyde Park’s own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company Inc. (GSOCI), which has been offering productions since 1960 by operetta’s most famous duo, is presenting “Yeoman,” with(…)

Review: “Two Trains Running”

Review: “Two Trains Running”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through April 19 Tickets: $27-$80 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed Goodman Theatre’s 1993 production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” I said it was a show you’d be very glad you saw but a little reluctant to recommend wholeheartedly to(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding, the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Obama Library needs South Side, non-park location

To the Editor: The Nichols Park Advisory Council voted at its March meeting to announce our enthusiastic support for the proposal to site the Obama Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago, but also to express our definitive opposition to the use of any park land for this project. We believe building the library(…)

Good food doing good: Taste of Hyde Park returns

To the Editor: Since 2002, the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) has been helping homeless families get back on their feet. To support that effort we are launching our tenth annual fundraiser, the Taste of Hyde Park. The dinner and silent auction will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday April 18,(…)

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured last Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning. “In the course(…)

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A newly graduated University of Chicago Booth student is hoping to change the way small businesses and their customers interact — including here in Hyde Park. Daniel Rezko, a childhood resident of Hyde Park and 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the co-founder of Yella, a(…)

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With the removal of shrubs and trees complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) restoration of Jackson Park will turn its focus toward earthwork, construction and reintroducing native fish. Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services was awarded last September with a contract to kick off the multimillion dollar restoration of(…)

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia squared off last Monday in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and(…)