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Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jackson and Washington parks are among the ten most endangered parks in Chicago. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Friends of the Parks (FOTP) released its Top Ten Watch List of Endangered Parks and Open Spaces, the first list of its kind for the 40-year-old advocacy group. FOTP gave Jackson Park its(…)

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park will be home to some of the city’s first data sensors, as part of a partnership between Argonne National Laboratory and the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology. The University of Chicago will receive in total around a dozen of the curved, rectangular sensor nodes, which will be(…)

Choir to perform candlelit Christmas concert at Augustana Lutheran Church

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Augustana Lutheran Church will host a holiday concert by Chicago Choral Artists at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5. “A Candlelight Christmas” will feature a capella works by around 12 composers centuries apart from each another, ranging from Tomas Luis de Victoria and Trevor Patrick Watkin to George Frideric Handel(…)

Local artists to sell work at Annual Crafts Open House this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 43rd Annual Crafts Open House, a local tradition showcasing area artists’ work, will return to Kenwood this Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hutchins House, 4810 S. Ellis Ave., featuring a group of eight mostly Chicago- and Hyde Park-area artists(…)

Hales Franciscan High School unveils “urban food forest”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School partnered with the Chicago Wisdom Project to create an urban food forest that was recently dedicated on the school’s campus. Since the summer, students from Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., and staff and volunteer members from Hyde Park-based Chicago Wisdom Project have worked together(…)

Holiday art sale to raise funds for Hyde Park Art Center classes and students

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Art students will sell their work at a fundraiser running this Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). The HPAC tradition will feature anywhere from 25 to 50 artists from the center’s classes, according to Director of Education Mike Nourse. Art on sale(…)

A winning “Porgy and Bess”

A winning “Porgy and Bess”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Like so many great operas, “Porgy and Bess” was not initially a hit. Critics were underwhelmed when it premiered in the 1930s and when the Civil Rights Movement found its stride, many considered this folk opera to be deprecating to the African Americans who made up its characters. We’ve(…)

Kwanzaa bazaar coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, South East Chicago Commission and the Volunteer Artists of America will host the “Pre-Kwanzaa: Holiday Bazaar” at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.(…)

Lace up: Midway rink ready to reopen

The Midway Plaisance ice rink will open this Friday, Nov. 28, and remain operational through March 1 of next year. Located at 1130 Midway Plaisance North, the rink will be open for skating from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Work misguided at Jackson Park

To the Editor: I don’t get it. Not long ago, workers and bulldozers destroyed dozens (hundreds?) of trees between the railroad tracks and LSD, leaving behind a sparsely wooded wasteland, ostensibly because the trees were not native. Now we’re beginning a project to kill dozens more trees and poison all of the fish in Jackson(…)

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

From the July 21, 2004, special anniversary section of the Hyde Park Herald, pages 8 and 9. Bill Murray, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, Jim and John Belushi, Gilda Radner — American comedians whom many of us have enjoyed through the years. And the root of their comedy is on 55th Street in the(…)

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It shocked Billy Jonas to realize that his childhood dream of making “music anytime, anywhere, about anything, for anyone,” has come to pass. “I originally made my music for adults then the children of the adults began to like it,” said the musician. “Both can enjoy it on their(…)

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Mike Nichols, satirist and director of “The Graduate,” died last week in his Manhattan home. His time in Hyde Park helped to shape Chicago’s theater scene as we know it today. Nichols came to Chicago in the 1950s after dropping out of New York University. Here he enrolled in a pre-med program at the University(…)

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A trolley will help shoppers traverse the neighborhood through the holiday season beginning on Black Friday. Hyde Park’s Special Service Area (SSA) is funding the pilot program. An SSA is an additional property tax an area, usually a business district, levied on itself for the purposes of promoting business. The(…)

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer South Shore business owner Robin Boyd-Clark is touting her community involvement and entrepreneurial experience to convince 5th Ward voters she should be alderman. Boyd-Clark is one of several ward residents who has expressed interest in the office in the run up to this week’s deadline to file petitions to run(…)

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will replace more than 100 dying ash trees along the Midway Plaisance with new species next spring. The city began felling 102 of the park’s ash trees last summer because of an infestation of emerald ash borer beetles, according to CPD spokesperson Jessica Maxey Faulkner. “The(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after pension bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School is one of four language academies in Chicago that offers language courses such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish as a part of its daily curriculum. A group of parents and educators whose students attend language academies have now proposed a Chicago Language(…)

Feds to help investigate racist Facebook post at University of Chicago

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Federal authorities are helping the University of Chicago investigate after someone anonymously hacked into a student’s Facebook account and posted a violent and racist message last Tuesday. This comes on the heels of a student group alleging the university has a campus culture that is hostile to minority students. President(…)

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 16-year-old Hyde Park boy has been missing since Oct. 31, according to the Chicago Police Department. Keenan Mardis, 16, of the 5400 block of South Everett Avenue, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He may(…)