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Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Where: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Jan. 19 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Fairy tales are an entertaining way of teaching children lessons, often laced with moral instruction. Lyric Opera is now offering a particularly entertaining version of the famous story of “Hänsel und Gretel” in the form(…)

Ray biking

Ray biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded two pedal-powered bicycles from Climate Cycle’s 2012 Green Schools Grant. The electricity generated from the bikes will be used to power items used in several of the school’s extracurricular programs. Climate Cycle, a Chicago-based non-profit founded to build youth awareness about global warming, provides(…)

Neighborhood club growing

Neighborhood club growing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is continuing to add new programs that supplement its After School Learning Lab program. “We offer continuity across childhood offerings that work for each age,” said Sarah Diwan, director of Early Childhood Programs at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. High School Programs The HPNC(…)

Chamber enters 2013 with new board

Chamber enters 2013 with new board

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Greg Guttman is the new board president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Guttman, director of marketing at MAC Property Management, replaced Hyde Park Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan Walker. The chamber had a successful 2012 and plans to build on its strengths in 2013, said(…)

Harper Theater sets opening date

Harper Theater sets opening date

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Theater passed all necessary licensing and expects to begin showing movies on Friday, Jan. 18. Tony Fox, president and CEO of ADF Capital, Ltd, who is renovating and operating the theater, said that the business passed licensing requirements for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, structural, fire and(…)

Becker-Friedman institute construction begins at CTS site

Becker-Friedman institute construction begins at CTS site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Renovations on 5757 S. University Ave. have begun. The University of Chicago is adapting the former Chicago Theological Seminary to the Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Work began after the building’s last tenant, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, moved out of the basement last year. The entrance to the building(…)

K.A.M. seeks input on new garden plans

K.A.M. seeks input on new garden plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel is asking the public’s input in designing a half-acre sustainable farm at a currently undisclosed location in Hyde Park. At the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice Weekend, “Schmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond,” attendees will be welcome to(…)

Café 57 owner sells business

Café 57 owner sells business

By LINDAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Café 57 is under new management and will be getting both a facelift and a name change. Tony Wilkins purchased the coffee shop, 1520 E. 57th St., two years ago. He sold the property in the hopes that new management and ownership could help the shop(…)

SHoP closes up at Fenn

SHoP closes up at Fenn

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), located at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave., closed its doors on Dec. 31 at the space it has leased for more than a year from the adjacent First Unitarian Church. The three story building, built in the 1910s, has in the(…)

Transitional housing project helps homeless

Transitional housing project helps homeless

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern According to a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless study, 105,338 people were homeless in Chicago for the 2011-2012 school year. Just a handful of that population, or people at risk of joining it, may eventually become graduates of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP). The HPTHP is an all-volunteer(…)

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers The last year saw few changes in the political landscape for Hyde Park, though a new state rep and the loss of a long-time U.S. Congressman made some headlines during an otherwise slow news year for politics. Chris Mitchell elected Christopher Mitchell sprang onto the political(…)

U. of C. happenings in 2012

U. of C. happenings in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers UChicago Promise Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer at Kenwood Academy High School in October to announce the launch of UChicago Promise a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. Zimmer said UChicago Promise(…)

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park had a busy year for real estate and development, centered on the remaking of 53rd Street, the neighborhood’s retail corridor, but affecting the entire community. Development in 2012 The new Harper Court began to take shape in 2012. The building reached its full height, achieved LEED certification, leased(…)

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The focus of much of the last year in education was the teachers strike, but Hyde Park saw a lot of change in leadership on the education front in 2012. Chicago Teachers Union strike Teachers, parents, students and education activists filled the streets of Hyde Park several times this(…)

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park Village The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) has been hosting luncheons and other strategy meetings in order to build up services for senior citizens in the neighborhood. CHPV has a 10-member steering committee, is seeking 501 c (3) not-for-profit status and is looking for volunteers and a(…)

Park 52 to close

Park 52 to close

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Park 52 will be closing very early in 2013. In an announcement released on Monday the upscale American restaurant said “We have voluntarily opted to close the restaurant due to a combination of business and personal obligations.” The public is invited to attend a closing party at 5 p.m. on(…)