Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

New Smart exhibit, gallery talk

A new exhibit featuring the artwork of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune will open Tuesday, May 7 at the Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. The exhibit, entitled “Other Modernisms: Serge Charchoune (1889-1975),” features around 20 pieces spanning the 1920s through the 1970s, according to the exhibit’s webpage. A gallery talk with curators David Schutter, a(…)

TIF committee to review McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council subcommittee on planning and development will hold a public meeting on May 7 for the proposed development at the McMobil site. The development would entail a 13-story building, with 30,000 square feet of retail, 218 parking spaces, 120 bicycle storage spaces and 267 apartments.(…)

Civil rights icon Angela Davis coming to HP

Civil rights movement figure Angela Davis will present the Center for Race, Politics and Culture’s (CSRPC) Annual Public Lecture from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850. S. Woodlawn Ave. The lecture by Davis, a distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is entitled, “Feminism and Abolition: Theories and(…)

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is holding this month’s First Thursday networking event at healing group the Claret Center, 5536 S. Everett Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The May 2 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-288-0124.

McMobil height meant to set precedent

To the Editor: McMobil appears to be a stalking horse for the University of Chicago’s plan to begin turning Hyde Park into a community of high-rises. I was sent a link to a brochure which the U. of C. has produced. If you look at the building’s picture in this brochure, you can see that(…)

Smaller building possible at McMobil

To the Editor: Proponents of the proposed 155-foot, 14-story high-rise on the McMobil site (they describe it as 140 feet and 13 stories, omitting the so-called “penthouse” on the top floor) claim that it would not be economically feasible to build a smaller building that would fit in with the one- to three-story buildings in(…)

Put the McMobil building on the outskirts of Hyde Park

To the Editor: I am writing to inform that I am NOT IN SUPPORT of the proposed McMobil plan to build a 267 apartment complex/14 story high-rise on East 53rd Street across from Nichols Park. I understand that this property is owned by University of Chicago. I am really disappointed that U. of C. would(…)

Is the McMobil plan needed in Hyde Park?

To the Editor: Before going on any further in the McMobil plan, Hyde Park residents need to consider the following: Is there a demonstrated need for the McMobil Plan? Judging from the many Letters to the Editor published in the Hyde Park Herald, the expressed opposition of many community residents at the March 18 meeting(…)

McMobil will increase street life on 53rd

Dear Alderman Burns: I am pleased to lend my support for the Mobil site redevelopment. It is a progressive step in the revitalization of 53rd Street and Hyde Park as a whole. As a resident of Hyde Park for nearly 17 years who lives within two blocks of the proposed development, I must say that(…)

McMobil project height will start trend

To the Editor: The University of Chicago is well on its way to realizing its goal of revitalizing 53rd Street. We have a new movie theater, an all-night diner, several new restaurants and a high-end clothing store. Coming soon will be a music venue, five more new restaurants, a health club, a 130-plus room hotel,(…)

Verify first, then trust 53rd Street McMobil “community consensus”

To the Editor: Thank you, again, Hyde Park Herald for opening up your pages to different “voices” on the 53rd St. McMobil project, but again, please, do another investigative story to verify who were included (and NOT) included and who initiated “community consultation,” “surveys /polls/petition signing” and targeted approaches to residents or owners in the(…)

Put parking under Nichols Park

To the Editor: McMobil project limited parking issue? Nichols Park (across the street from McMobile site) safety and modernization issues? Here’s a possible solution. How about constructing a one or two floor underground parking garage across from the McMobil site. In other words, creating a mini-Millennium Park if you will, minus the cost overruns. A(…)

McMobil plan needed for Hyde Park’s growth

To the Editor: I very much support the high-rise at the McMobil site because I believe the whole city needs to continue to grow up, not out. The suburban lifestyle exists for those who want it, and the urban lifestyle for those who want it. We will not create a vibrant city by shunning development,(…)

Local youths head to China

Local youths head to China

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and King College Prep High School students Ghana Horton, Nicolette Robinson and Raymond Turner are three of 20 students who will travel to China this summer with the Chicago Urban League’s Mission to China program. The Chicago Urban League has launched a series of fundraising campaigns(…)

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School students Shana Littleton and Sydnie Chassagne were awarded BP Scholarships and will spend the 2013-2014 school year as intercultural exchange students studying in Brazil through the AFS-USA Intercultural Program. Chassagne, a junior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., said she found the BP Scholarship in(…)

Herald revamps archives service

Herald revamps archives service

The Hyde Park Herald archives receives a dramatic facelift beginning this week, with a new set of tools for searching past issues in the Historical Archive and a Text Only Collection of recent issues of the Herald going back to 2010. The new digital collections are as complete a set of the 131-year-old community newspaper(…)

McMobil topic of forum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference will host a discussion on the planned development for the McMobil site at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will include information from zoning(…)

Funding sought for 57th Street mural

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Donations to the 57th Street Underpass Mural Project, which entails the installation of panel mosaics in the west underpass connecting Jackson Park to the Museum of Science and Industry, could receive a partly matching contribution by 3Arts, a Chicago non-profit organization promoting area artists. The project will obtain(…)

Players have a new complex

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) have collaborated with the University of Chicago Classical Entertainment Society to present their first play together “Oedipus! The Musical!” “It’s Mel Brooks writing a parody of Oedipus with songs by Weird Al Yankovic,” said writer John Poole. The show is a modern parody of(…)