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A booster for new Hyde Park stores

To the Editor: Hyde Park has been my home since 1999, when I moved here as a high school student with my mom. I loved it; it was a true community. All the kids grew up together, went to school together, played sports together and knew each other’s parents. And it was diverse, certainly more(…)

A coach with a vision takes the lead at Kenwood Academy

A coach with a vision takes the lead at Kenwood Academy

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Bill Kluber Position: Athletic Director School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Bill Kluber is entering his first season as the athletic director for Kenwood Academy. He teaches physical education to students enrolled in the 7th and 8th grade Academic Center on campus. Kluber originally attended the University of Iowa and(…)

Nancy Hays to be honored

Nancy Hays to be honored

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When she was asked to list her achievements and honors, Nancy Hays told her high school alumnae association that she was arrested in 1965 “during a pro-park, anti-highway protest.” Nancy Campbell Hays left an indelible mark on Hyde Park before she died in 2007. The Chicago Park District will likely(…)

La Rabida drive continues

La Rabida drive continues

This holiday season, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Hyde Park Herald are teaming up to support some of the neediest families that make use of the hospital’s award-winning facilities. While the hospital is a unique place in large part because of the special children who visit there, the volunteers and staff of the hospital(…)

A tiny castle is brought into the 21st Century at MSI

A tiny castle is brought into the 21st Century at MSI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Normally tucked above the miniature stove in the Fairy Castle is a set of pewter mugs with little handles made of wood reclaimed from Westminster Abbey after it was damaged during World War II. That type of connection to global history is scattered all over the nine-foot square dollhouse at(…)

Village demolition paves way for City Hyde Park

Village demolition paves way for City Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Demolition started last week on the former Village Shopping Center. The dilapidated buildings are being torn down to make way for a Jeanne Gang-designed retail and residential tower, with upscale grocer Whole Foods as the anchor tenant. Demolition is expected to conclude in mid-February of 2014. The new tower, named(…)

BankFinancial ends experiment on 55th Street

BankFinancial ends experiment on 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer BankFinancial will close its branch at 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. on Jan. 2. The BankFinancial location — one of two in Hyde Park, including another at 1345 E. 55th St. — was unveiled by the company as an ebranch in spring 2012. The Burr Ridge-based company’s tellerless concept was(…)

U. of C. must own up to TIF gains

To the Editor: Rather than “Clearing the air on Harper Court” (Dec. 11), University of Chicago Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas’s letter about the financing of the Harper Court development obscures the level of public investment provided for the project. Douglas says, “The promise of $17.5 million in new real estate taxes generated(…)