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New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

New businesses thrive in Harper Court in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 2015 saw new businesses adding to neighborhood retail, as well as long-time businesses closing their doors for the last time. This year also saw development on the changing landscape in Hyde Park, but not without debate. From the ground up Developments such as Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., and City(…)

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Big things are happening in Chicago’s South Side Parks. From a presidential library to comprehensive revitalization efforts to Yoko Ono, many substantial changes are underway. Barack Obama Presidential Center At the outset of 2015, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) had just submitted its response to the Barack Obama(…)

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

Hyde Park remains political mecca of the city

By ALLISON MATYUS & SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Politicians drop by Hyde Park has a long-standing history for breeding politicians and political figures. This year, some famed political leaders, both past and present, paid the neighborhood a visit. In July, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S.(…)

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

Arts: murals, historic spaces, festival, take center stage

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Creating art in new ways Forty-three years ago, artist Caryl Yasko created a mural under the viaduct of Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street called “Under the City Stone.” This summer, the mural was restored and repainted with funding from the University of Chicago (U. of C.)(…)

Goals met, new learning spaces built at private schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., said farewell to former school head, Bonnie Wishne, after 35 years at the school. Wishne announced in 2013 that she would retire in 2015. In May, there was an elaborate celebration for Wishne and her legacy with the school, including a party,(…)

Hyde Park public schools rise to challenges in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Bret Harte’s first 8th grade class in 13 years, 31 students total, graduated on June 15. Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., offered a mixed middle school experience to its students this year, where 8th graders traveled from room-to-room as a group or separate for their various(…)

Trauma center, university police take spotlight in U. of C. news

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers University news It was a busy year for change at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), starting in February, when union nurses at the U. of C. Medical Center voted to authorize a strike. That strike almost happened on April 30, but in early May, the(…)

Hyde Park continues to grapple with violent crime in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park saw an unusual amount violent crime in 2015. As the City of Chicago wrestled with how to address a surge in homicides across the city, local residents held forums on how to best combat neighborhood crime. In a September community meeting, held at St. Paul and The Redeemer(…)