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Antheus greystone turnaround baffles

To the Editor: On July 10, 1892, the Chicago Tribune ran a classified ad for “one 12-room and one 16-room stone residence (new)” at 5112 and 5114 Jefferson. Jefferson Avenue was the original name for Harper Avenue, and this ad is the earliest newspaper mention of the greystone townhouses at 5510-5114 S. Harper, which Antheus Property(…)

Starting the New Year with the Old Year

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic New Year’s resolutions are about looking ahead. But the new year is also a time to try and start out afresh. With that in mind, in this week’s column I catch up on some interesting events late last year which I was unable to review in a timely manner.(…)

Review: “Tribes”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb. 9 Tickets: $20-$82 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nina Raine’s “Tribes” is a very irritating dysfunctional family drama. But in a good way. Mostly. The provocative play is about extremely intelligent British intellectuals who are obsessed with language yet(…)

Review: “Port Authority”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Feb. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 Conor McPherson is a superb storyteller, as anyone who has seen “The Weir,” “Dublin Carol,” “Shining City” or “The Seafarer” knows. Like his other early plays, “Port Authority,” first produced in 2001, shows off his mastery(…)

Zimmer top earning university president

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer was the highest paid head of any U.S. private college in 2011, according to a new list. A ranking of 550 college chief executives, published last month by the Chronicle of Higher Education, shows Robert Zimmer raked in $3,358,723 that year — trouncing Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, who(…)

Hays bridge closer to reality

Hays bridge closer to reality

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board will vote today on the proposal to rename a bridge in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Hyde Park Herald photographer and worked as an environmentalist in the neighborhood until her death in 2007. She photographed Hyde Park before and after Urban Renewal(…)

NY deli in HP

NY deli in HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago Heights restaurant Bergstein’s NY Deli opened its Hyde Park location Monday. The deli’s restaurant at 1164 E. 55th St. will “work the kinks out,” according to owner Bill Davis, before a grand opening later this winter. Manager Josh Widen said the deli will be open from 10 a.m. to(…)

Famous glass homeless

Famous glass homeless

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The stained glass windows that adorned the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) are still searching for a home. The University of Chicago removed many of the stained glass windows during the construction to turn the building into the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The windows were donated to Advocate(…)