Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

James Hennessy, associate vice president for Commercial Real Estate Operations at the University of Chicago, reviews recent developments along 53rd St. during a University of Chicago Conversation With The Neighborhood meeting at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave., last Monday evening. Marc Monaghan

James Hennessy, associate vice president for Commercial Real Estate Operations at the University of Chicago, reviews recent developments along 53rd St. during a University of Chicago Conversation With The Neighborhood meeting at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave., last Monday evening.

-Marc Monaghan

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

At Earl Shapiro Hall on Monday, May 12 the University of Chicago hosted a neighborhood discussion, the second in as many years, to increase its communication with Hyde Park residents.

Among the topics covered were the fact that the U. of C. has turned the street around Harper Court’s office tower into a one-way private drive.

The street, which connects 53rd Street to Harper Avenue, had previously been a two-way road. Traffic around Harper Court will flow north from 53rd Street and let out on Harper Avenue.

Yusho, an upscale Japanese restaurant, will open on 53rd Street and Kimbark Avenue in the fall.

Promontory, a 3,800-square-foot restaurant on the first floor of the Akira building, and The Point, a 7,000-square-foot music venue on the second floor, will open in June.

Red Balloon, an upscale children’s clothing boutique, will open in Harper Court. Ja’Grill, a Jamaican restaurant, and frozen yogurt store Red Mango will also open in the coming weeks.

Sir and Madam, a trendy clothing boutique for men and women, will move from its 53rd Street pop-up store, into a permanent space next to Red Mango in Harper Court.

l.welbers@hpherald.com