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Tech repair shop opens on 55th Street

The Tech Box, a computer, tablet and phone repair store, recently opened in Hyde Park. Owner Nick Xu said he chose the name because his services are not limited to computers. They provide both walk-in diagnostic and repair and regular on-site services. The Tech Box, 1623 E. 55th St., will serve both small businesses and(…)

Review: “Death Tax” and “Isaac’s Eye”

Review: “Death Tax” and “Isaac’s Eye”

BOTH SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED “Death Tax” Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Oct. 12 Tickets: $40-$65 Phone: 312-337-0665 “Isaac’s Eye” Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Dec. 7 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Two prominent companies are opening(…)

Lagoon needs fresh water source, not poison

To the Editor: Thank you for Jeffery Bishku-Aykul’s article about how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to poison the Jackson Park Lagoon in order to kill off all of the fish (Hyde Park Herald, Sept. 17, p.1). It seems to me that the entire concept here is fraught and undesirable. Why keep(…)

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When Annie Padrid opened her own gym she left her full time job, spent her savings and was working out of her home. Only two and a half years later The Space has nearly 400 clients and 20 employees. It will almost double its physical space in October. The Space,(…)

Legacy of service going strong at Kenwood soup kitchen

Legacy of service going strong at Kenwood soup kitchen

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Standing near three women preparing collard greens at the soup kitchen at Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., Pastor Leroy Sanders explained that “denomination has no place here.” Two of the volunteers, after all, belonged to different congregations. But they’re not the only volunteers that do. Sanders’(…)

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to offer a principal contract to Megan Thole at its meeting Thursday night. The selection concludes a search that extended across two school years and two LSC administrations. Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park and South Side religious leaders marched Thursday to demand a level 1 adult trauma care center on the University of Chicago campus. Members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Kenwood United Church of Christ, St. Philip Lutheran Church, University Church and the Jewish Clergy Across Chicagoland joined(…)

Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)

Something different this way comes

Something different this way comes

By M.L. RANTALA What: “Macbeth” by Ernest Bloch Where: Harris Theater When: Through Sep. 21 Phone: 312-704-8414 Web: ChicagoOperaTheater.org Chicago Opera Theater’s advertising tag line is “More of the different,” which aptly captures what this company does. Their latest offering is the Chicago premiere of an opera more than a century old but which has(…)

Find a hidden treasure, help a worthwhile cause

A fundraiser that benefits the Avon Foundation for breast cancer research will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. Items range from children’s items to antiques to books and furniture. For more information, call 773-955-9854.

“Stupid F***ing Bird”

“Stupid F***ing Bird”

RECOMMENDED Where: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Sept. 21 Tickets: $20-$25 Phone: 773-871-3000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Adam Posner describes his “Stupid F***ing Bird” as “sort of adapted from ‘The Seagull’ by Anton Chekhov,” but it’s more like he’s totally deconstructed the 1895 play, analyzed(…)

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Children will be center stage at this year’s Children’s Book Fair in Hyde Park. “Dancing with Class” is a school-based program where 20 instructors go to about 50 public schools across the city and teach ballroom, Latin and swing dance to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The most advanced(…)

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rising out of a year of tumultuous scandal, Hales Franciscan High School is starting its new school year with a new principal who is bringing a new focus and curriculum to the school. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Gove Ave., after 50 years as the only African American, all-male, Catholic(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)