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Midway Park advisory council officials elected

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After two failed attempts, a meeting held at Midway Plaisance, on Wednesday, May 27, saw the election of officials for a Midway Park Advisory Council (PAC). Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato was named president, Don McGruder was named vice president and Radiah Smith-Donald was assigned treasurer. Bylaws were discussed, voted on and submitted,(…)

LGBTQ exhibit at Regenstein Library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit shows the University of Chicago and Hyde Park have long been home to a sometimes visible, sometimes closeted LGBTQ community. Curated by U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Lauren Stokes and alum Monica Mercado, “Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles” takes place through June 12 in the Special Collections Research(…)

Chamber of commerce to host Hyde Park Brew Fest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is inviting Hyde Parkers to drink beer outdoors this weekend. The first-ever Hyde Park Brew Fest will take place Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, in the parking lot behind BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. A beer garden will be open from noon(…)

Review: “The Herd”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June14 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the hands of a lesser company than Steppenwolf Theatre, the U.S. premiere of actor-playwright Rory Kinnear’s first play, “The Herd,” might come across as just another dysfunctional family drama. But director Frank(…)

Architect, Patricia O’Donnell, talks on Jackson Park in Russian conference

The Obama Library isn’t the only South Side attraction getting global attention: World-famous landscape architect Patricia O’Donnell is scheduled to give a talk on Jackson Park in Russia next month. O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will discuss the park at the 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects in St.(…)

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A section of South Harper Avenue will be named after poet, playwright, activist and South Side native Oscar Brown Jr. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, Harper Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets, will be cordoned off to allow for a street naming ceremony. Brown’s daughters, Maggie Brown and(…)

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Sinking enrollment may mean the end for Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A dramatic drop in enrollment due to population decline in Chicago, a slow recovery from the economic recession and increased competition from selective enrollment and charter schools has had an adverse effect on Hales Franciscan, according to Principal Nichole(…)

Runners need to be mindful of walkers

To the Editor: Does the Hyde Park community realize that the proliferation of joggers on sidewalks has become a safety hazard? Yes. Ask a local resident about leaving a store and almost being run down by a guy or gal in short  shorts. It has become a very common occurrence. When stepping out of a business or(…)