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Why we’re suing over Vue53 development

To the Editor: We are Hyde Parkers who have filed suit against the City of Chicago to reverse the rezoning of the McMobil property allowing a 155-foot building on that site. The University of Chicago and its agents want us to think that this is a done deal. And without the lawsuit, they are right.(…)

Work together to improve Vue53

To the Editor: Why are so many Hyde Parkers continuing to speak out against the “Vue53” plan and the process through which it “developed?” No, it’s NOT all over. Some are answering your Hyde Park Herald’s warning call, in your Sept. 4 editorial, to work to develop sound planning principles and prevent a “Vue53” precedent from taking hold. I(…)

Dedicate some time to a child in need

To the Editor: Strive Tutoring is celebrating its 25th year as a Hyde Park tradition, its roots firmly grounded in the neighborhood since 1988. We are a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit, offering free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring services to local children, grades 1 to 12, from limited income families. We are able to offer these services(…)

New Open Produce exhibit Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit of Chicagoland photographer Chris Trott’s work from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 5. The show is part of a series that kicked off in the space last July(…)

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A long-established Hyde Park restaurant reopened after a two-week hiatus less one deli but with the addition of a vibrant bakery. Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., an Italian restaurant that has been a Hyde Park staple for the better part of three decades, reopened in August with an Argentine(…)

Car break-ins plague locals

Car break-ins plague locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Car break-ins in Hyde Park in September were up almost three times over the same period last year, Chicago Police said. Officer Jose Estrada, spokesman for Chicago Police News Affairs, said in 2012 Hyde Park had 13 reported car break-ins from Sept. 1 through Sept. 27. During the same time(…)

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is seeking donations to send its final 8th grade class to Washington, D.C., in the spring. “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schools voted to(…)

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer William Burke, recent graduate of Ray Elementary School, will star in a production of “Lord of the Flies” in Steppenwolf Theater’s Young Adults 2013-2014 series. Burke, 14, will play the character Bill in the production, which tells the story of a group of English boys stranded on a deserted(…)