Monthly Archives: March 2013

McMobil meeting Mon.

Hyde Park residents will meet next week to discuss the size and scale of the proposed 13-story residential and retail building proposed for the McMobil Site on 53rd Street. The Citizens for Appropriate Retail and Residential Development will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., to discuss(…)

Seminary Co-op talk

The Hyde Park Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the stories and people that made the former home of the Seminary Co-op such a distinctive place. University of Chicago alumni Jasmine Kwong and Megan E. Doherty will give a first look at “The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History”(…)

Div. head breakfast chat

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The annual Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary prayer breakfast is set for Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. this year. Headlining the event is University of Chicago Divinity School Dean Margaret M. Mitchell. Proceeds have in the past established scholarships for children from low-income families at St. Thomas the Apostle(…)

Jazz artist at Hyde Park Records

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Jazz artist Phil Cohran will play a free concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. The 85-year-old trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, whose full name is Kelan Phil Cohran, is a Mississippi native who lives in Chicago and has played for(…)

Africa bound: Kenwood students part of after-school group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Seven students from area schools, including Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will travel this summer to Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa. The students are part of a faith-based after-school program called Young Life. The students will take a 24-hour plane ride this July to a summer camp in(…)

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(…)