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Vue53 is what Hyde Park wants

To the Editor: In recent weeks, members of the Hyde Park community have shared their opinions about Mesa Development’s proposed project for 1330 E. 53rd St. in various ways — including in letters to this newspaper. In my role as the University of Chicago’s vice president for civic engagement, I have heard directly from individuals(…)

Make time for your masonry at HPHS

Make time for your masonry at HPHS

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A presentation on masonry restoration will take place Sunday, May 19, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the second in a four-part series of talks on home upkeep organized by members of the Hyde Park Historical Series (HPHS). Jan Golwacki, project manager for the(…)

Bike clinic at 57th Street beach

The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will be hosting a bicycle clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the 57th Street beach house, located along the lakefront. Visitors are invited to bring their bicycles for free repairs. The event will also feature a discussion on bike safety and routes and(…)

One last weekend to see Players show

The Hyde Park Community Players’ production “Oedipus! The Musical!” closes after this coming weekend’s performances. “Oedipus!” will be performed at The David and Reva Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., May 17 to May 19. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

Cable cars at HPHS

Cable cars at HPHS

Journalist Greg Borzo will speak about Chicago’s historic cable-car system at the Hyde Park Historical Society building, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, May 18. The talk begins at 2 p.m. Borzo says he first stumbled on information about the cable cars while researching the history of the “L” system. “It’s virtually unknown that Chicago(…)

TIF council hears McMobil plans

TIF council hears McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Board subcommittee on planning and development meeting moved from Kenwood Academy’s little theater into the large auditorium to accommodate the crowd at Tuesday’s discussion of the proposed high rise development at the McMobil site. Roughly 150 Hyde Parkers discussed changes to the planned development, now(…)

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released the verdicts of independent judges that were commissioned to reside over the district’s final school closing hearings. Several of the reports, which were released last week, made cases for why some schools shouldn’t be closed — but the closing of Canter was not contested.(…)

CPS denies travel aid to fair winner

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Eva Lewis, 8th grader at Kenwood Academy High School Academic Center, is one of the winners of Illinois History Fair. In addition to winning in the fair she was named a National History Day Qualifier, which allows her to travel to Maryland to compete for a national prize. She(…)