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Hyde Park homes on TV once again

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Two Hyde Park homes will be featured in an upcoming ABC drama, “Mind Games.” An episode of the series, expected to air next spring, will include shots at two houses located on the 4900 block of Woodlawn Avenue. “What we were looking for was a fairly upscale house,(…)

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

BY JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will kick off their fifth season with its classic Halloween-time performance this Saturday, Oct. 26. The players will present for the fourth year a radio variety show in which actors perform spooky scripts onstage, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense: In the Old(…)

Despres lecture series returns

Despres lecture series returns

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Leon Despres Lecture Series returns for its fourth season next week when Paul Durica and Bill Savage come to the Blackstone Library to discuss “Chicago By Day and Night.” The book is a recently re-edited version of a pamphlet that was distributed to tourists visiting Chicago for the 1893(…)

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Members of First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be traveling to Springfield next Tuesday, Oct. 22, to show their support for gay marriage. The congregants will join others at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, scheduled to take place on the same day(…)

GenTech in HP

GenTech in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer GenTech Digital Media & STEM Education Center has added a Hyde Park location for its Saturday Program. The program prepares students for high-demand fields in digital media and science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). The program, which previously held classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University(…)

Local parks get needed facelift

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Jackson Park’s Dickerson Playlot, located along the 1600 block of 56th Street, and the playground at Bessie Coleman Park, 5445 S. Drexel Ave., will be open this month after renovations were made as part of a Chicago Park District (CPD) initiative. Bessie Coleman Park’s playground opened Tuesday, Oct.(…)

Lutheran div students get boost

Lutheran div students get boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer An unprecedented number of new Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago master of divinity students received scholarships that will cover their full tuition. Anna Ernst, Elizabeth Christensen, Toby Chow, Samuel Nelson, Brooke DeJong, Kathryn Jacob, Samantha Pfalzgraf, Levi Powers, Megan Clausen, Megan Casper, Paul Eldred and Matthew Zemanick all(…)

Kenwood Broncos fall short in Urban Prep match

Kenwood Broncos fall short in Urban Prep match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS In the IHSA Football Game of The Week, the Kenwood Academy Broncos (2-4) fell to the Englewood Urban Prep Lions (3-3), 32-12 on Saturday afternoon at Gately Stadium, host of Urban Prep’s Home Coming Week. Both teams entered conference play (Windy City) with a 2-1 record, knowing that with a win, one could leap frog the other. Before kickoff, Head Coach Darnell Jones(…)

U. of C. students reprise unauthorized guide to university

U. of C. students reprise unauthorized guide to university

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Disorientation Guide, a University of Chicago student-published primer for incoming classes on campus life and the South Side, has returned from hiatus with a 2013 edition. Inaugurated in 2010, the publication, known alternatively as the DisO’ guide, offers an unofficial, critical introduction to the school, its administration(…)

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A long-established Hyde Park restaurant reopened after a two-week hiatus less one deli but with the addition of a vibrant bakery. Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., an Italian restaurant that has been a Hyde Park staple for the better part of three decades, reopened in August with an Argentine(…)

New Open Produce exhibit Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit of Chicagoland photographer Chris Trott’s work from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 5. The show is part of a series that kicked off in the space last July(…)

Hyde Park booster Bruce dies at 49

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Lifetime Hyde Parker and attorney Jason Bruce, 49, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, leaving with his friends and colleagues many fond memories. Bruce practiced law at an office in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., following work as an associate at the downtown firm Jenner(…)

New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National(…)

University demolishes Woodlawn building

University demolishes Woodlawn building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An aging apartment building owned by the University of Chicago was demolished recently and the site will be turned into green space. The 27-unit, three-story walkup apartment building, at 6005-6011 S. Woodlawn Ave., was demolished because “maintaining the quality of life for residents there would have required a multi-million-dollar overhaul(…)

End-of-life talk at Montgomery Place

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Bess Schenkier, leader of the Chicago branch of end-of-life advocacy group Compassion and Choices, will speak at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Dr., at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The national non-profit campaigns for an increased range of end-of-life options and offers consultation via phone on such(…)

Opening for exhibit on local barriers

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The opening reception for the exhibit, “The Distance Between,” currently on display at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., and the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Like the show — which runs through Sept.(…)

Market marathoner

Market marathoner

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor 61st Street Farmer’s Market manager Danny Burke is training to run in this year’s Chicago Marathon, as part of an effort to raise $6000 for the market. Fundraising began in August and will run through Oct. 13, the day of the marathon. Burke said the money will help(…)

DIVVY bikes arrive in Hyde Park

DIVVY bikes arrive in Hyde Park

DIVVY bikes are in Hyde Park. DIVVY, a city initiative run by Atta Bike Share, offers members bikes from automated docks throughout the city, has new locations on 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue and 55th Street, at Woodlawn Avenue and South Shore Drive. A user with an annual membership can swipe a unique key at(…)

Sketches, grownup fun at OI in fall

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute will host a variety of events this fall, including inviting artists to sketch at their will, evening events for just the grown ups and discussions on how the Near East shaped the modern world. Beginning in October, the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will begin offering(…)

Kenwood, Ray in school news

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band has been invited to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The band will play at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavilion Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park. Ray Elementary(…)