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City Hyde Park gains subsidy for project

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital venture that will put 182 apartments and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, took another step towards construction last week. The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity approved Antheus’ application to amend Enterprise Zone 6 to include(…)

Tennis courts to replace projects

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Xs Tennis, 1301 E. 47th St., has begun clearing the way for a move to the former site of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes in Bronzeville, at 51st and State streets. Xs Tennis owner Kamau Murray said he planned the move to provide the business with a needed(…)

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Mobil Gas station and car wash will close Monday, August 12 and demolition will begin the next day. Mesa Development announced the timeline last week for work on the McMobil site, 1300 E. 53rd Street, soon to become Vue53, a 13-story retail and residential(…)

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Community leaders, elected officials and adoring fans from all over the city gathered at 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue Saturday afternoon to be a part of the Chaka Khan street naming ceremony. The intersection, which is the home to Khan’s alma mater, Kenwood Academy High School, is now called(…)

Length of rope identified; not a noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose that some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved(…)

Businesses mull 53rd Street

Businesses mull 53rd Street

By ANDREW HOLZMAN AND JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Local businesses on the 53rd Street commercial strip will find themselves in a much different environment later this year with the completion of the Harper Court development. The bulk of the project is already finished — Five Guys, 1456 E. 53rd St.; Kilwins, 5226 S. Harper St., and the(…)

Reports reveal spate of robberies

LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police and the University of Chicago Police departments released a number of community and security alerts in July. UCPD released two security alerts last week. The first, released on Monday, July 22, warned pedestrians to be aware around 59th Street and Blackstone Avenue after two men approached a victim, displayed(…)

New deli slated for HP Blvd

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new business, Hyde Park Deli and Grocery, will open later this summer at the northwest corner of 51st Street and Dorchester Avenue. The 2,500-square foot store will offer cold cut sandwiches to go, will open around Aug. 20, according to owner Mohamed Ahmed, who said the store(…)

New boutique coming to Hyde Park

Lincoln Park boutique Comfort Me is establishing a temporary location in Hyde Park, joining Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., and Kilwins Chocolate, 5226 S. Harper Ave., in inaugurating the space near the new Harper Court development. The retailer’s lease runs through January, and Vice President Alyssa Thomas says Comfort Me is looking to move(…)

Village Drop-In adds event

On Aug. 7, seniors attending the Chicago Hyde Park Village Drop-In Program will have the opportunity to participate in a free sample event hosted by the oral history company Vintage. The event will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Participating seniors will have the choice(…)

Piccolo Mondo revamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will close for two weeks but will return with an Argentine bakery. After Monday, Aug. 5, Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., will close for renovations on its building. It will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 18. Restaurant owner Norberto Zas brought Diego Cureses in as the pastry chef.(…)

New exhibit opening at Logan Center

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. will be presenting “Word Becomes Flesh” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Word Becomes Flesh” is written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a New York City native and current director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for(…)

Muddy Waters home under under threat; locals helping out

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One of Muddy Waters’ final performances was at the legendary blues club The Checkerboard Lounge, and that club will help preserve his legacy through a fundraiser this fall. Waters spent decades playing impromptu jam sessions on the porch of his home at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. The house has(…)

Chaka Khan reflects on her history in Hyde Park

Chaka Khan reflects on her history in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A weekend of celebration in Chicago just passed for 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist and former Hyde Parker Chaka Khan. The city honored her with a street naming ceremony and the declaration of Chaka Khan Day. The ceremony to name Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets Chaka Khan Way(…)

Bobby Rush introduces trauma center bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Congressman Bobby Rush (D-1) introduced a bill that would allocate $100 million in federal money to create trauma care centers nationwide. The Trauma Relief Access for Universal Medical Assistance (TRAUMA) Act would appropriate the money to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a series of grants totaling(…)

Ray rescinds budget, joins TIF fight

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) wrote a letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stating that the school will not accept the proposed budget given to them from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In its attempt to dissolve its deficit, CPS, which the mayor governs, has cut school(…)

New dorm to be designed by Gang

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago will replace the aging Pierce Hall with a new, $148 million student dormitory designed by Jeanne Gang and Gang Studios. Pierce Tower, 5514 S. University Ave., will be demolished in mid-August, said U. of C. news director Jeremy Manier. By the fall of 2016 the new(…)

Founder on permission wall

Founder on permission wall

By DESI WOME First, a little basic history on the ongoing permission wall behind the Mobil gas station in Hyde Park. We always called it “the Mobil wall,” “53rd Street” or the “Hyde Park wall.” I started that wall in 1992. I got permission from the Mobil station. There was never a forged letter. People(…)

Players help you brush up on Shakespeare

The Hyde Park Community Players are reprising their annual acting workshop on Shakespeare early next month. “Getting Shakespeare Off the Shelf!” will take place 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ages 15 and up and all levels of experience are welcome. For more information, e-mail(…)

Kimbark Plaza ignores residents

To the Editor: Livability refers to the ability of business area residents to amicably co-exist with the surrounding business community. Over the past year, community residents, representing 30-plus home-owning families and members of the 53rd and Kimbark Merchants’ Association have met to resolve community concerns related to truck deliveries of goods and services to plaza(…)