Daily Archives: March 6, 2013

Send McMobil plan back to drawing board

To the Editor: There is a plan before our political leaders to build a monstrous 13-story high-rise structure at the so-called McMobil site on 53rd Street across from Nichols Park. This building should not be built. The proposed structure is grossly out of proportion with its surroundings and would degrade the quality of life for(…)

McMobil plan is a needed development

To the Editor: In response to Ms. Franklin’s “alternative to the McMobil plan” (letters, Feb. 27, p.4), it is equally important to hear the voices of those who support this architecturally pleasing and well-designed building on 53rd Street. This building will provide the most needed yet currently absent element to 53rd Street, additional market rate(…)

Franklin right on McMobil plan

To the Editor: Regarding the McMobil project, Stephanie Franklin has it exactly right. The next, and more difficult step, is to induce the university and the developer to listen. James M. Ratcliffe Write a Letter

Schools group vents concerns

Schools group vents concerns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents and community members attended the neighborhood’s second Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES) meeting to discuss ways that they could work together to advocate for their schools. HPCARES is a member group of the social justice group Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation(…)

Hyde Park votes

Hyde Park votes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer South Hyde Parkers had the opportunity to cast their ballots on Tuesday Feb., 26 in the primary for the House seat formerly occupied by Jesse Jackson Jr. Robin Kelly, former Illinois state representative and Chief Administrative Officer under Toni Preckwinkle, sailed to reelection Tuesday receiving 79 percent of Hyde Parkers’(…)

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School continued with its 50 year anniversary celebration last Saturday by hosting a symposium to discuss how the school has created and cultivated a diverse school environment for the past 50 years. The event, titled “50 Years of Diversity: Teaching and Learning at the Ancona School,” took(…)

Suspect arrested

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with one felony count of bank robbery on Monday, March 4, after allegedly taking $1,874 from Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, March 1. Robert D. Shaw, 54, of 527 E. 51st St., was charged with one count of bank robbery.(…)

HOME Gallery returns to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) director and co-founder Laura Shaeffer is inviting artists, musicians and the public into her family’s home, located at 1407 E. 54th Pl., next Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shaeffer will host 15 artists, including SHoP co-founder John Preus, as well as(…)

Kindergarten for Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced last week that every CPS school, including those in Hyde Park, would offer full-day kindergarten starting next school year. According to CPS, children who attend a quality, full-day kindergarten demonstrate notable academic advantages in later years over(…)

Logan exhibit echoes French landscapes

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Attention to detail define both the gallery space and art at painter David Schutter’s new exhibit, “Renditions,” on display at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The show’s four paintings and one print are not only based on landscape art by 19th century French painter Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot:(…)

Ross Dress for Less coming to 47th St.

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Discount clothing retailer Ross Dress for Less will open in the approximately 50,000 square foot building that previously housed Michael‚Äôs Fresh Market, 1300 E. 47th St., later this year, according to new signage there. The Kenwood store will be one of the company’s first within city limits, along(…)

University to demolish Ingleside Hall for park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago plans to demolish Ingleside Hall, 956 E. 58th St., to expand the quad and create more green space on campus. The university made the announcement Wednesday at the Cummings Life Science Center, 920 E. 58th St. The U. of C. is working with the city to(…)

Recycle HP: Single-sort service coming to neighborhood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers should get in the habit of separating their glass, paper and aluminum from the rest of their trash. The city’s Blue Bin recycling program will expand in Hyde Park by the end of April. The Blue Bin program will service single-family homes and apartment buildings with up to(…)

Health care for all a step closer

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13th) During the White House tenure of my predecessor in this senate seat, our nation has finally begun moving the ball forward on health care access for all. Last week, the Illinois senate voted to expand our Medicaid program, using federal dollars to extend eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinoisans. Like(…)

Sell us on the SSA

South East Chicago Commission Executive Director Wendy Williams laid out a case last week for the advantages of a Special Services Area on 53rd Street for readers of the Herald. Williams, who is a member of the SSA Advisory Committee, spends a lot of her time thinking about how to attract shoppers to 53rd Street.(…)

The House of Usher, minus the fall

The House of Usher, minus the fall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Fall of the House of Usher” is Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest prose work, a gloomy, murky story of a mysterious man, his even more mysterious sister and the creepy house that has been their family home for generations. Although only a short story, there is more than enough(…)