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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(…)

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Several Hyde Park kids will perform in this year’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” with the Joffrey Ballet in a 23-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Dec. 6 through Dec. 28. During its 26th annual performance of Robert Joffrey’s version of “The Nutcracker,” the full Joffrey company will joined onstage(…)

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Kenwood Lady Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season with a 64-40 blowout over basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy on Saturday afternoon in their home opener that revealed a newly renovated facility. “We want are students to have the best,” said Coach Jim Maley, head boys varsity basketball coach of the Kenwood Broncos. “During(…)

Welcome to Lake Forest

To the Editor: A century ago, Kenwood was an ultra-elite neighborhood with the cream of Chicago’s wealthiest families living in the most extravagant houses in town. A week ago Monday night’s Kenwood community meeting about the conversion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses to bed and breakfast establishments marked the return of Kenwood(…)

A final farewell from Artisans 21

To the Editor: This is the last opportunity for Artisans 21 to invite all faithful friends of the arts and crafts to its annual Open House Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After more than 45 years of providing Hyde Park and Kenwood (actually, all of Chicago) with original ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography,(…)

Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor: Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends,(…)

Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor: During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for(…)

Take a stand on fracking regulations

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) With the support of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental advocates, the General Assembly approved and Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation last spring to regulate fracking operations in downstate Illinois. Hydraulic fracking differs from traditional methods of mining underground gas and oil as(…)

A question of TIF money for a U. of C. Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court was built using $23.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF) dollars, a publicly funded tax subsidy that is used to help spur development. But Jo Reizner, who served as co-chair of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council when the money was granted, questions if the board would have(…)

Thanksgiving hosted at LaRabida

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LaRabida Children’s Hospital is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for patients, their families and the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. The event is a 53-year-old joint initiative between the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the lakefront hospital for children with chronic illnesses,(…)

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) held a press conference Friday afternoon at its headquarters denouncing Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) decision to phase out Dyett High School. The organization said that CPS is creating a “School Desert” in the Bronzeville community and should Dyett close, Kenwood Academy High School(…)

Herald, LaRabida gift drive

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(…)

Burns eyes businesses

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would require publicly traded companies seeking city favors to disclose how much they pay in state income taxes. Thirteen aldermen, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), have co-sponsored the Chicago Corporate Reponsibility and Tax Disclosure Act. The legislation would apply(…)

New group to be formed for Cornell Park

Fifth Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston is accepting volunteers for the first formal Cornell Park Advisory Council. Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., has never had an official advisory council. It hopes to be ready in time for spring planting. Youth volunteers are strongly encouraged, as well as anybody interested in gardening or installing playground equipment.(…)

Council to fight for Canter

The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting a Community Action Council planning meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4. The committee is inviting all parents, school administrators, and community and business members to attend the meeting, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

TLC wins award

The TLC Management Company won six awards in the 21st Annual Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence (CAMME) Awards. The CAMME Awards are given annually to honor multi-family housing companies and professionals that have demonstrated excellence in the previous year. Plaisance Apartments Maintenance Professional, Luis Alvarado, The Flamingo’s Assistant to the Property Manager, Ryan Bilby and(…)

Local group helping at-risk youth through holiday wreath business

Local group helping at-risk youth through holiday wreath business

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer This year Hyde Parkers can deck the halls and foster an entrepreneurial spirit in at-risk girls. The Luv Institute, 1507 E. 53rd St., is teaching young women from the Department of Juvenile Justice career development the fundamentals of running a business by making and selling Christmas wreaths. The program is(…)

Shine a light on business

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Chicago — like the State of Illinois — is in fiscal crisis. Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s 2010 Annual Report states on page 14 that fully two-thirds of corporations operating in Illinois paid NO corporate income tax to the state. When the state grants tax breaks to large corporations,(…)