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Make Music Chicago seeks volunteers

WHPK radio host Marta Nicholas is seeking volunteers to help coordinate Hyde Park events in this year’s MakeMusicChicago celebration, a day-long series of performances scheduled to take place in the city Friday, June 21. The yearly event, now in its third year, will feature performances at several Hyde Park venues. As of press time, planned(…)

SSA group holding two public meetings

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed Special Service Area (SSA) will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 22 and 7 p.m. Thursday May 30, both at Kenwood Academy’s little theater, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave. An SSA would put an extra property tax on businesses in roughly the same area as the 53rd(…)

Spurlock gains real estate partner

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Hyde Park realtor Jeanne Spurlock has partnered with Tom Bretz of Century 21 Affiliated. The office, located at 5508 S. Lake Park Ave., will be known as Century 21 Affiliated Jeannie Spurlock Group, Bretz said. Bretz said very little will change, as far as customers and(…)

Becker-Friedman work to begin

Becker-Friedman work to begin

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work is expected to begin in June on the future Becker-Friedman Institute’s research pavilion and turning the stretch of 58th Street from University Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue into a pedestrian plaza. Phase 2 of construction on the former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University, will begin in mid-June said Alicia(…)

Williams seeks SSA cash from TIF

Williams seeks SSA cash from TIF

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Community members and businesspeople convened at the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Advisory Council meeting Monday, May 13, to discuss and detail the changing face of Hyde Park. Highlights of the meeting, held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., included a proposed neighborhood special service area(…)

Plan commission endorses Vue53

Plan commission endorses Vue53

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Plan Commission passed the plan to build the 13-story Vue53 at the McMobil site on Thursday. The only vote against the plan was from George Migala, who questioned why the height for the building was necessary. “Why so high?” Migala asked. Mesa Development attorney Graham Grady said that(…)

Ancona gala huge success

Ancona gala huge success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School raised more than $200,000 at its 50th Anniversary Gala earlier this month. The funding will be used to provide scholarships and update technology and playground equipment at the school. The event, which was held at the Chicago Marriott on May 4, had an unprecedented number of(…)

Money drives McMobil height

To the Editor: I have to take exception with the recent spate of orchestrated letters in the Herald touting the “economic” benefits of the McMobil Vue53 development. The debate is not about economic benefits to the neighborhood. It’s really about doing development “on the cheap.” Ask yourself one question: Why is there no discussion of(…)