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City owes CHA residents what it promised them

By JAY TRAVIS It is possible to desire an increase in commercial development in the 3rd and 4th wards, and also expect the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and elected officials to honor the agreement to replace the percentage of public housing units promised in the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. It’s irresponsible to imply that a(…)

Review: “On Your Feet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through July 5 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-773-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, the pre-Broadway world premiere of “On Your Feet” is likely to … well, bring you to your feet, as it(…)

City Hyde Park moving on up

City Hyde Park moving on up

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Real estate development in Hyde Park is seeing growth that is dramatically reshaping the neighborhood. City Hyde Park, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is one of these new additions to the community. According to director of community development for Mac Properties Peter Cassel, City Hyde Park is currently scheduled for the(…)

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Spotlighting businesses that are making a difference in the community, Become organization, a non-profit based here in Hyde Park, is “Helping communities amplify their resources for a socially just world,” according to its founder, Dr. Dominica McBride. McBride, a Hyde Park resident, said Become sets out to create empowerment throughout(…)

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staf Writer Parents and community members gathered Wednesday evening, June 17, to discuss the fate of Walter H. Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. Three proposals vying for control over the future of the Dyett High School building were presented to the public. Representatives from the offices of Ald. Will Burns(…)

University of Chicago students learn about consulting

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Teaching graduate and postdoctoral students the ‘ins and outs’ of the competitive field of consulting, UChicago Grad, which is a career resource to all grad students, offered a week-long consulting intensive summer camp last week. More than 100 students attended this session, which consisted of a day introducing the consulting(…)

Kwame Raoul pushes SB 1304 through Illinois General Assembly

By SAM RAPPAORT Staff Writer On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill aimed at improving the relations between police officers and the communities they serve. The law enforcement reform package, Senate Bill 1304, will have a major impact on the operations of Chicago police departments. Hyde Park politicians were instrumental in moving(…)

Super music of the supernatural

Super music of the supernatural

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Riccardo Muti, the current and tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is back in Chicago to bring the CSO’s 2014 – 15 season to a close. Last week he led the orchestra in stirring renditions of music by Alexander Scriabin and Piotr Tchaikovsky. Saturday night’s concert opened(…)

Review: “stop. reset.”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 21 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Think of Regina Taylor’s “stop. reset.” as a realistic play, and you’re bound to be confused. Regard it instead as a cross between an “Afrofuturist” science-fiction fantasy and a meditation on(…)

Thanks and luck to a local shopkeeper

To the Editor: Thank you to Bader ElShareif, owner of Harper Foods, for 17 years of excellent service to the community. You opened the store in the best and worst of weather and we always could count on your stocking just what we needed with a friendly smile and comment on the day. I know many(…)

Support school choice for our neighbors to the north

To the Editor: I am writing to ask folks to stand with the Bronzeville community and support the Walter H. Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School proposal from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett. I believe you should support the proposal from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett because it is for a CPS-run, neighborhood, open-enrollment high(…)

Budget is our first job as politicians

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The news reports from the state capital are confusing and complicated. It’s pretty clear that there’s an impasse between the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner, between Democrats and Republicans. The impasse means that there is no budget in place for the next state budget year. The first and(…)

Bill to reform police in Illinois is important advance in moment of delays

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Most of the recent news coverage of Springfield has focused on the budget firestorm between Governor Rauner and the Democrats – and rightfully so. Passing a fair budget that protects our state, invests in our future and meets our financial obligations is the most important job of the legislature.(…)

Springfield bipartisanship is alive and well

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) Less than a month from operating without an agreed-upon budget, as vicious rhetorical attacks mount, Illinois state government causes many of us to wonder, “Why can’t they all get along?” And why put partisan bickering ahead of the public good? There’s another side to this story. At the end(…)

Benefit concert supports St. Thomas The Apostle Church

Resurrection Music Series Presents Eine Kleine Sommermusik, a fundraising benefit concert to support the music at St. Thomas The Apostle Church. The concert will feature selections by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss, including performances by Emily Birsan, soprano; Bernardo Arias, violin, and Luciano Laurentiu, piano. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June(…)

Hyde Park exhibits reflect range of local culture

Hyde Park’s diverse cultural offerings are on display in two very different exhibits in neighborhood institutions. Work by more than dozen artists exploring the themes of science and the cosmos is being displayed at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue. The exhibit, entitled “Cosmosis,” will run through August 23. Relics from Cairo’s(…)

Make Music Chicago Chicago returns to Hyde Park

Make Music Chicago welcomes the Summer Solstice with a full day of music at multiple locations. Here is the list of venues for Hyde Park: • Harper Court Shopping Center, northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., scheduled and walk-up performances; • Midway skating rink, 1130 E. Midway Plaisance,(…)

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council is working in partnership with University of Chicago education policy student group Block 58 to create an asset map for parents with school-aged children. Shaz Razul, director of community programs at University of Chicago (U. of C.) and member of the HP-K(…)

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joan’s Studio for The Performing Arts closed its doors on June 5, after serving the Hyde Park community for more than 20 years. Joan Steggemann, the owner and founder of Joan’s Studio, first opened up shop in January 1995. “I hoped that this institution would give kids an appreciation for(…)

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for a third transition of students from 6th to 7th grade, the school’s leaders have learned from the difficulties of past years and are putting preliminary plans in place to create a smooth transition. Sabrina Gates, principal at Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th(…)