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Hyde Park can do more in climate change fight

To the Editor: The University’s McMobil building will increase our parking problems, and I salute that. Instead of asking for more places to put our cars, we should learn from the greenest town in America – New York – that density means less parking, fewer cars – and less carbon dioxide. Last week the world(…)

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(…)

Former CPS head: Closures flawed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Argie Johnson, former superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, said while she is not opposed to school closings, CPS could have created a more inclusive process that might have made the transition smoother. She said should CPS decide to close Canter Middle School, a phase out approach(…)

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers were given a crash course in zoning last week, the evening prior to a committee of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council’s discussion on the proposed 13-story mixed use building on 53rd Street. Mesa Development has requested a zoning change and submitted a planned development proposal for the(…)

Fair Trader closes its doors

Fair Trader closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fair Trader closed up shop last weekend. “We’re closing because we don’t have enough business to stay open. That’ll do the trick,” co-owner Cindy Pardo said. “Between the economy and the high cost of rent and I’m not sure what else we just are not able to keep the(…)

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park popcorn vendor Gloria Henderson’s lease on a retail space under the Metra Electric line officially expired Tuesday, April 30. The closing of Glorious Confectionary Le Noir, located at 1551 E. 51st St., followed a strained relationship between Henderson and her landlord, Metra, from whom she began(…)

Art fair bouncing back this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The annual 57th Street Art fair will take place the first weekend in June. The number of artists participating in the event is expected to increase this year, according to a committee member. Irene Patner, who has been a member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee for about(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hyde Park Shopping Center’s courtyard, located at 1526 E. 55th St. The sale features between 40,000 and 50,000 hand-picked(…)

Guns, drugs found at former Kozminksi VP’s home

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A former vice principal at Kozminski Community was arrested Saturday night after Chicago Police Department discovered a cache of assault weapons and drugs in his home. Jeremy Lydon, 43, was charged with one count of unlawful use of a deadly weapon with a silencer, one count of unlawful use of(…)

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on 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, Ill.–based senior advocacy organization has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot(…)

No new leads on Harper shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department has not released any new information following the murder of 39-year-old Henry Atkins last week. Police News Affairs said the shooting occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the hallway of a building on the 5200 block of Harper Avenue. Lewis Galvin, a resident(…)

Garden fair looking for volunteers

The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair is just around the corner, and organizers are still welcoming volunteers to assist in preparation for the local growing celebration and sale. Each year, the organizing committee for the fair prepare a collection of offerings from 10 separate categories of plants, including herbs, house plants, vegetables and wildflowers.(…)

McMobil project at planning

The Chicago Plan Commission will hear about the planned development for Vue 53, the proposal to construct a 13-story residential and retail building at 1330 E. 53rd St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor 121 N. LaSalle St. The plan commission will have the opportunity to hear(…)