Monthly Archives: October 2013

HPHS seeks nominations

HPHS seeks nominations

The Hyde Park Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Oct. 28. The awards will be presented at the Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual dinner on Feb. 2 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Past Paul Cornell Award recipients include Hyde Park Herald(…)

Memorial this Friday for Hyde Parker Jason Bruce

A memorial will be held for late Hyde Park attorney and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alum Jason Bruce at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St.

New stores open doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Three stores celebrated their opening in Hyde Park last week. Ulta Beauty, a salon and beauty retailer, celebrated its grand opening on Friday at 5228 S. Lake Park Ave., after a week-long soft opening. Ulta is one of Harper Court’s anchor tenants. Sir & Madame, 1504 E. 53rd St., also(…)

Ray, Murray in school news

Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., hosts a bike to school day Ray Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association will sponsor a bike to school event for International Bike and Walk to School Day on Oct. 9. Adults will lead two walking/biking school buses to Ray School at 8 a.m. that morning.   Parents can drop students(…)

Against naming Stony for Brazier

To the Editor: I am writing as a concerned citizen of the 5th Ward in opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed change of South Stony Island Avenue to Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Avenue. I question the mayor’s basic premise (as reported in the Sept. 18 Herald), that the renaming of Stony Island will bring honor(…)

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Master curator and bibliophile Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, will retire from his self-described “dream job” at the top academic bookstore Sunday, more than 40 years after he began work there as a part-time employee. “It’s been a spectacular life. I’ve gotten to know(…)

Demo to begin for City HP

Demo to begin for City HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old buildings at the Village Shopping Center should be demolished in coming weeks. Peter Cassel, director of community development for Antheus Capital, told the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council on Monday, Sept. 30, that the buildings should be gone by the end of the year. Construction on the 17-story(…)

Auto break-in suspects apprehended

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department arrested two men in separate incidents relating to the string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks in Hyde Park. One man was arrested on the 5400 block of Ridgewood Court and another arrested on the 4900 block of Greenwood Avenue on Oct. 2. Both(…)

Hyde Park parents criticize CPS’s 10-year plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents in Hyde Park who reviewed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) final version of its 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan said their concerns were not addressed. In July CPS sent Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for CPS, to Hyde Park with its first draft of the Educational Facilities Master Plan.(…)

Police search for assailant

Police search for assailant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the 5900 block of Cornell Avenue. During the assault, which occurred on the edge of Jackson Park at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday Oct., 1, a man was walking down the street with his genitals exposed when he(…)

Health Forum

A questions and answers session and panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. The event, entitled “A Community Health Forum: How the Affordable Care Act Affects Older Adults and the Uninsured,” will give(…)

Suit filed over Vue53 site

Suit filed over Vue53 site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of(…)

Review: “Pullman Porter Blues”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: though Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had high hopes for the Chicago premiere of “Pullman Porter Blues” at Goodman Theatre, but Cheryl L. West’s play with music disappoints in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to(…)

Institute of Politics highlights

The Institute of Politics will host United States Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during its fall programming. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) cancelled a scheduled visit last Friday due to the Senate’s vote schedule and instead spoke to a campus audience via video feed. McCain will speak to students during an off-the-record session at the Quadrangle Club,(…)

Italian restaurant to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chicago chef Matthias Merges’ new restaurant, A10, located on the 1400 block of 53rd Street, is slated to open in mid-October, according to Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. The latest project by Merges — once the Chef de Cuisine at(…)

Pierce dorm demo making way for Gang design

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Demolition on the now-closed University of Chicago dorm, Pierce Hall, 5514 S. University Ave., will continue through mid-December of this year, according to the school’s News Director, Jeremy Manier. Demolition to prepare for the $148 million project that will take it’s place— a dining hall and residence housing(…)