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Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman who has owned a salon on 53rd Street for 20 years is suing the a business arm of the University of Chicago, who she says is trying to illegally evict her. Sahan Kourouma has owned Motherland, 1459 E. 53rd St., a nail salon and hair weaving business, since(…)

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A wall where graffiti artists had painted freely for more than 20 years was demolished Friday to make way for a 155-foot tall mixed-use building. The Hyde Park graffiti wall was the last “permission wall” on the South Side. Artists and graffiti writers were able to hone their talents along(…)

THEY’RE HISTORY

THEY’RE HISTORY

MAC Properties demolishes three historic greystones on Harper Avenue to make way for a parking lot.

Police warn of robberies on Cottage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have warned residents of robberies that have occurred in March on the 4700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue and the 200 block of East 35th Street. In each incident, the offenders approach a victim from behind and attempt to take their property. Chicago Police said multiple offenders will(…)

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ 26th District race has taken to the TV airwaves. Using a fundraising advantage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, incumbent state Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has released two television ads, while the Chicagoans United for Economic Security (CUES) political action committee has spent almost $90,000 on an(…)

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In addition to his legislative duties, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) has been a registered lobbyist and staff member at a public affairs firm, which has led opponents to question his ethics. Since 2011, Mitchell has served as vice president of Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies, led and co-founded by(…)

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and attorney Brunell Donald is running for lieutenant governor in this year’s Democratic primary, joining the ticket of gubernatorial challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of violence prevention non-profit CeaseFire. Donald formerly served as a prosecutor and public defender for Cook County. The Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law(…)

Harper Court for sale

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

Police warn about string of robberies

The Chicago Police Department has warned of a string of robberies to businesses in Hyde Park. In each incident, the offenders approached people on the street or employees leaving a business, produced a weapon and demanded property or access to closed businesses, where they took property. The first incident occurred at 11:50 p.m., Feb. 6,(…)

CPS cancels RFP seeking broker to sell Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) canceled a request for proposals (RFP) it released earlier this week to real estate brokers that are interested in handling the sale of Canter Middle School and several other schools across the city that are or will soon be closed. The invitation, which was released(…)

Lucas, Hobson donate $25M to Lab Schools

George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars,” and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, have pledged $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for an Arts Hall, the university is reporting. “This generous grant will amplify the role of the arts within the core of the distinctive education offered by the Laboratory Schools, and(…)

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) began formally investigating the University of Chicago after a student’s complaint it mishandled her sexual assault case and violated her Title IX rights. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act prohibits sex-based discrimination in all education(…)

Man found dead at I-House

A 20-year-old University of Chicago student was found dead in his room at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Booth House in International House, 1414 E. 59th St. Nicholas Brastin Barnes was a third-year Germanic Studies student at the college. Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services, and Dean of Students(…)

Hyde Park businesses turn to locals for support

Hyde Park businesses turn to locals for support

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer More than one year after opening its doors, coffee shop Sip and Savor is seeking investment capital directly from members of the community. Entrepreneur Trez V. Pugh III is asking individual investors for a total $25,000 in loans by March 1 via website LendSquare. The funds will be paid back(…)

Deli may arrive on 55th next week

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bergstein’s NY Deli owner Bill Davis says the second location of his Chicago Heights restaurant could open as early as Monday. The store located at at 1160 E. 55th St. will “work the kinks out,” according to Davis, before a grand opening later this month. “My guess would be around(…)

Liquor license suit dismissed; Yusho slated for summer opening on 53rd

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   Chef Matthias Merges said he expects the Hyde Park location of his Avondale Japanese restaurant Yusho to open this summer, following legal wrangling over the sale of alcohol in the area. On Dec. 17, a lawsuit originally filed in August challenging a University of Chicago-backed petition calling for the(…)

UPDATE – Found: Hyde Parker Herman Moore, 85

UPDATE Hyde Parker Herman Moore, 85, has been found safe and unharmed, Chicago Police News Affairs said. Herman Moore, 85, of the 5300 block of South Harper Avenue was found in good condition. He had been missing since Dec. 6, when he was last seen by his family.   By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde(…)

$10M visitors center for Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor In a meeting called Monday by Ald. Hairston (5th), community members heard a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar visitors center in Jackson Park. Details were presented by project designer Kulapat Yatrasast, of Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture, and Robert W. Karr Jr., a board member of The Garden(…)