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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 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(…)

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 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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Whole foods on track for 2015 arrival

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods is still planning on opening its first South Side store inside City Hyde Park in 2015, despite neighborhood rumors to the contrary. “I’m happy to report that there’s no truth to the rumor,” said Eli Ungar, principal at Antheus Capital. “People like to speculate about these things.” Antheus(…)

Question over lots

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern After Woodlawn residents voiced their concerns over vacant lots in their neighborhood, the U. of C. has reaffirmed its desire to “be a good neighbor,” but isn’t making specific promises in every case. At a Civic Engagement community meeting held at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th(…)

Book fair back in Sept.

Book fair back in Sept.

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities. Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the(…)

Readers support Hales co-ed choice

Hales is changing, and Herald readers like it. As recently reported in the Herald, Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is accepting young women as students for the first time since its founding in the 1960s. Shortly after breaking the news of the transition, the Herald asked readers to participate in a(…)

Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated(…)

Writer explores Prairie School’s Barry Byrne in new book

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Author Vincent Michael will return to Chicago, Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, to discuss and sign his book “The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe.” Byrne was a radical architect who was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and was inspired by Louis Sullivan. A(…)

U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Vandervoort recognized for service

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Jackson Park Advisory Council has awarded its first “Golden Lady Volunteer of the Year Award” to Hyde Parker Fran Vandervoort. In her case, though, it’s being called the “volunteer of the decades” award. Vandervoort has been volunteering for JPAC since 2004, when she returned to the parks after working(…)