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U. of C. owes schools for Harper Court TIF $

To the Editor: Now that the University of Chicago has taken direct ownership of the Harper Court project structures (it has owned the land, through its real estate development arm, for some time), we are faced with the undeniable fact that the $23.4 million TIF subsidy for this development was for the university’s benefit. Half(…)

Happy to see changes on 53rd Street

To the Editor: At 69 years of age, I’m happy to see improvements to our shopping options. Without a car, I am frequently on 53rd Street visiting my old favorites Kimberly Lee and Supreme. Recently I’ve added Comfort Me to my list of places to shop. My cousin and I visit the theater once a(…)

57th Street Books a book lover’s paradise

To the Editor: I moved to Hyde Park and told a North Side book-loving friend that I could now live happily ever after, for there was hardly a direction I could walk without encountering a bookstore. He looked at me solemnly and said, “Why, it’s like an alcoholic moving in above a tavern.” Part of(…)

One really bad day: Gets shot, goes to prison

A Hyde Park man was charged with a felony after he was injured in a physical confrontation on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue last month. Roy Malava, 55, of the 5300 block of South Cornell Avenue, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police arrived(…)

Former Ramada soon to be La Quinta Inn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, formerly the Ramada, has been sold to La Quinta Inn recently. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing, for the hotel at 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., announced the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The hotel will remain open during renovation, which will include updating(…)

Vietnamese eats coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening on 55th Street early next year. Entrepreneur Vince Srisak expects to open Pho 55 in mid-January. The casual dining restaurant is now under construction at 1611 E. 55th St., directly to the east of Thai 55 Restaurant, which Srisak also owns.(…)

Herald, LaRabida seek donors

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)

ACA questions answered

An Affordable Care Act sign-up help session will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. A GetCovered Illinois representative will be at the library tomorrow and next Thursday to help people sign up for health coverage. The event is being sponsored by(…)

Ray kids lend holiday helping hand to tornado victims in Washington, Ill.

Ray kids lend holiday helping hand to tornado victims in Washington, Ill.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School student Aiden Goldberg led his 4th grade class in an effort to send care packages to victims of the recent tornado outbreak in Washington, Ill., last month. On Nov. 17, several towns in the Midwest were ravaged by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. The effects of the(…)

U-High Maroons in strong start to season dominate Lisle Lions 52-36

U-High Maroons in strong start to season dominate Lisle Lions 52-36

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer After witnessing a buzzer beater in the first game of the Lisle High School Basketball Tournament, the 2-0 University-High Maroons stormed the court on Friday night with one thing on their mind, “A blow out victory,” said assistant coach Rob Ley. The Maroons would make Ley look like a prophet as(…)

Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Joell Davis School: Kenwood Academy Varsity Team: Boys Basketball Height: 6 feet, 2 inches Jersey no.: 5 Weight: 200 pounds Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward Year: Senior The Hyde Park Herald High School basketball player of the week is Kenwood Broncos senior captain Joell Davis. Davis is a transfer from Northhampton High School in Boston, Mass., and is entering his senior season as the starting shooting(…)

Strong start for Kenwood Broncos in tournament

Strong start for Kenwood Broncos in tournament

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their first year playing in the 11th Annual Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic Basketball Tournament, the Kenwood boys varsity basketball team made a statement in their first game of the season against the Rich Central High School Olympians. “It’s important that we play with a lot of energy and intensity(…)

Life after old Harper Court

Life after old Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When the old Harper Court building was demolished in 2009 to make way for the 12-story office tower, parking structure and retail space that sits there now, many neighborhood-owned businesses were displaced. The move wasn’t bad for everyone. Some businesses relocated and flourished, but others were forced to close up(…)

Schools get mixed grades

Schools get mixed grades

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released 2012 School Progress Reports to parents on report card pick up day. The reports offer a more comprehensive look at the academic and social climate of each school. Charter and alternative schools also received report cards this year. The CPS 2013 School Progress Reports(…)

Kenwood Academy honored for academics

Kenwood Academy honored for academics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) named Kenwood Academy High School one of the Top Schools of 2013. According to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the 83 percent college enrollment rate at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., exceeds CPS’s average of 59.5 percent. The school’s 80 percent graduation rage(…)

Trauma center pushed

Trauma center pushed

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center on the South Side were able to take their concerns to the legislators recently. State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) hosted a hearing of the Senate Public Health Committee Subcommittee on Special Issues to discuss the lack of trauma care centers on the South Side(…)

Murray aims for higher scores

Murray aims for higher scores

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rising to meet the challenge of the state’s newly raised Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) performance expectations for reading and math and encouraging its students to take the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress (MAPS) exams more seriously were two of the main topics discussed, Nov. 23,(…)

South Kenwood rejects plans

South Kenwood rejects plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The developer who proposed to buy and rehabilitate two decaying South Kenwood Frank Lloyd Wright homes was surprised last week when Ald. Will Burns (4th) killed the plan at the first meeting. Tawani Enterprises had plans to buy the two adjacent houses, which are currently listed at $1.175 million and(…)

Artisans 21 to close its doors

Artisans 21 to close its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Artisans 21 will close its doors December 24. After its second move since being ousted from the previous Harper Court building in 2009 the artists’ collective will shut its doors on Christmas Eve. Rob Borja, Artisans 21 spokesman, said in a letter that it will close its doors at 5503(…)

$10M plan for Jackson Park

$10M plan for Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called a public meeting last Monday to unveil a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar visitors center in Jackson Park. Chicago lawyer Robert W. Karr Jr., who is spearheading the project, shared details alongside designer Kulapat Yatrasast, of Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture. Karr is(…)