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U. of C. urged to shed fossil fuels

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago students overwhelmingly voted to encourage the school to remove its investments in companies that profit from fossil fuels and move those investments to greener companies. Last week, 2,183 students at the university voted on the student government election ballot in favor of the referendum while 714 voted(…)

Nile Moving

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park restaurant The Nile is leaving its location after 22 years and moving further west. General manager Rashad Moughrabi said the new location, 1162 E. 55th St., will have seating for approximately 20 more people inside the restaurant and another 24 on the back patio. “It’s really cool. The(…)

New Smart exhibit, gallery talk

A new exhibit featuring the artwork of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune will open Tuesday, May 7 at the Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. The exhibit, entitled “Other Modernisms: Serge Charchoune (1889-1975),” features around 20 pieces spanning the 1920s through the 1970s, according to the exhibit’s webpage. A gallery talk with curators David Schutter, a(…)

TIF committee to review McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council subcommittee on planning and development will hold a public meeting on May 7 for the proposed development at the McMobil site. The development would entail a 13-story building, with 30,000 square feet of retail, 218 parking spaces, 120 bicycle storage spaces and 267 apartments.(…)

Civil rights icon Angela Davis coming to HP

Civil rights movement figure Angela Davis will present the Center for Race, Politics and Culture’s (CSRPC) Annual Public Lecture from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850. S. Woodlawn Ave. The lecture by Davis, a distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is entitled, “Feminism and Abolition: Theories and(…)

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is holding this month’s First Thursday networking event at healing group the Claret Center, 5536 S. Everett Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The May 2 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-288-0124.

McMobil height meant to set precedent

To the Editor: McMobil appears to be a stalking horse for the University of Chicago’s plan to begin turning Hyde Park into a community of high-rises. I was sent a link to a brochure which the U. of C. has produced. If you look at the building’s picture in this brochure, you can see that(…)

Smaller building possible at McMobil

To the Editor: Proponents of the proposed 155-foot, 14-story high-rise on the McMobil site (they describe it as 140 feet and 13 stories, omitting the so-called “penthouse” on the top floor) claim that it would not be economically feasible to build a smaller building that would fit in with the one- to three-story buildings in(…)