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Let Hyde Park vote on the McMobil Project

To the Editor: Thank you to everybody who attended the Chicago Plan Commission meeting on May 16, wrote letters to the commission or spoke at the meeting. If nothing else the commission and developer have gotten the idea that there is a lot of opposition to McMobil. This is not over. Apologists for McMobil talk(…)

U. of C. would not build Quad McMobil

To the Editor: The McMobil development promises benefits that few Hyde Park residents would reject: more retail stores, new consumers to patronize them, a lively presence of new residents on 53rd Street and in Nichols Park, unionized employment during the construction period and after and a percentage of low-cost housing units. I embrace all of(…)

Editorial: Dollars should follow values

The Fair Trader quietly closed its doors a couple of weekends ago, and for the most compelling of reasons — not enough customers. Amidst the clamor in the neighborhood around the proposed McMobil high-rise and the ongoing conversation about Harper Court and its value to the retail scene in Hyde Park, the loss of this(…)

Clinic for entrepreneurs at BankFinancial

A small business entrepreneurs legal clinic will be held next Wednesday, May 29, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and includes one-on-one sessions with attorneys. R.S.V.P. is required. For more information, call 312-939-3638, ext. 224.

HP Community Art Fair next weekend

The Hyde Park Community Art Fair will take place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from until 11 a.m. until dusk at Bixler Park, 5651 S. Kenwood Ave. The fair will feature around 80 artists selected by a jury, according to Dorri Ellis, a board member for the Hyde Park-based arts non-profit 21st(…)

Farmers markets are springing up

As the weather heats up farmers markets are popping up across the city: The 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., began its season on Saturday, May 11 and will run through Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market offers produce, meat, eggs, cheeses, honey, bread and other(…)

HPAC exhibit features Canter students’ art

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Canter Middle School–led art exhibit will be on display at the Hyde Park Arts Center (HPAC) this month. The exhibit will also be an opportunity for farewell, closure, and reflection to the students and their families should Chicago Public Schools (CPS) vote to close the school, said an(…)

Village launches drop-in program

Village launches drop-in program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston–based senior advocacy organization, has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot will(…)