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Board announced for HP Village

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Village announced its board of directors recently. On Dec. 10 the nominating committee, comprised of Margaret Huyck, Jane Ciacci, Marianne Crusius, Wallace Goode, Allison Hartman, Nina Helstein, Mary Rogel and George Rumsey, presented their suggestions to the founding committee. The nominating committee had previously spent several months interviewing(…)

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers The last year saw few changes in the political landscape for Hyde Park, though a new state rep and the loss of a long-time U.S. Congressman made some headlines during an otherwise slow news year for politics. Chris Mitchell elected Christopher Mitchell sprang onto the political(…)

U. of C. happenings in 2012

U. of C. happenings in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers UChicago Promise Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer at Kenwood Academy High School in October to announce the launch of UChicago Promise a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. Zimmer said UChicago Promise(…)

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park had a busy year for real estate and development, centered on the remaking of 53rd Street, the neighborhood’s retail corridor, but affecting the entire community. Development in 2012 The new Harper Court began to take shape in 2012. The building reached its full height, achieved LEED certification, leased(…)

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The focus of much of the last year in education was the teachers strike, but Hyde Park saw a lot of change in leadership on the education front in 2012. Chicago Teachers Union strike Teachers, parents, students and education activists filled the streets of Hyde Park several times this(…)

The Wright 3 Mystery Tour of the Robie House

The Wright 3 Mystery Tour of the Robie House

The Wright 3 Mystery Tour of the Robie House. At 1:30 p.m., every Saturday, Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, gowright.org, $15 adults, $12 youth. A tour based on Blue Balliett’s novel, “The Wright 3.”

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park Village The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) has been hosting luncheons and other strategy meetings in order to build up services for senior citizens in the neighborhood. CHPV has a 10-member steering committee, is seeking 501 c (3) not-for-profit status and is looking for volunteers and a(…)

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kilwins has begun offering its sweet treats in time for the holidays. The chocolate and candy shop opened its doors last week. Owner and Hyde Parker Jackie Jackson celebrated the soft opening of her second Kilwins store location in Chicago, at 5226 S. Harper St., on Saturday, Dec. 22. “We(…)

Park 52 to close

Park 52 to close

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Park 52 will be closing very early in 2013. In an announcement released on Monday the upscale American restaurant said “We have voluntarily opted to close the restaurant due to a combination of business and personal obligations.” The public is invited to attend a closing party at 5 p.m. on(…)

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust Financial Corporation announced last week the completion of its previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of HPK Financial Corporation. HPK is the parent company of Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company. As part of the transaction, Hyde Park Bank will be merged into Wintrust’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Beverly Bank and Trust Company N.A. Hyde Park(…)

Hyde Parkers debut graphic novel

Hyde Parkers debut graphic novel

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern “Do you want to see the devil?” is the question that opens “Chinatown,” a graphic novel by two Hyde Park-area brothers that launched at an event this past Saturday. Wesley and Bradley Sun, founders of Sun Brothers Studios, produced the book with the help of more than 600 online backers.(…)

Hyde Parkers discuss Rush’s record

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Even after a campaign season in which he made no appearances, Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election to his seat as congressman for the second district, which includes a sliver of Hyde Park, with almost 80 percent of votes in the general election. Another South Side politician who represents far more(…)

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St., has been spinning wax in-house for the last few months. Kevin Jones said Hyde Park’s only record store has been giving professional and amateur DJs an opportunity to spin tracks in the store to help promote their work. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Chicago-born(…)

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago coordinator of arts programming Theaster Gates is expected to take ownership of the former Southmoor Bank and Trust just south of Hyde Park next month. The Chicago City Council is expected to approve transferring the title for the vacant bank at the January City Council meeting, said(…)

Hope Church comes to K.A.M.

Hope Church comes to K.A.M.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Churches are a prominent fixture in Hyde Park, where steeples peer above the neighborhood’s low-rise apartments and foliage-lined streets. Yet what may be the neighborhood’s newest church, might also be its hardest to spot. The non-denominational Hope Church of Chicago — a Black South Side congregation numbering fewer(…)

Conference funds history project

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Historical Society has received a $500 grant from the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The money will be used to support the Society’s oral history project, which has begun a new effort to preserve the story of the conference and its community. Kathy Huff, a(…)

U. of C. student wins programming prize

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fourth-year University of Chicago student took top honors at the Illinois Technology Association’s third annual Fall Challenge. Bill Waldrep, who is also a member of the U. of C. computer programming team, took home a $5,000 prize. The Fall Challenge is a tournament for students at Illinois universities to(…)

Review “Tickling the ivories at I-House”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Earlier this month at I-House, the Chicago Ensemble presented a pleasing concert devoted to piano trios. Mathias Tacke (violin), Andrew Snow (cello) and Gerald Rizzer (piano), performed a wide range of material in an engaging manner. The concert opened with Beethoven’s Trio No. 5 in D Major, op 70,(…)

Review “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $35-$40 Phone: 773-409-4125 There are three main reasons to catch American Theater Company’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play,” which is competing for your attention, as it has in years past, with American Blues Theatre’s delightful radio adaptation of the(…)

Review “The Nutcracker”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $25-$35 Phone: 773-769-3832 Anyone who is familiar with The House Theatre of Chicago won’t be surprised to learn that the iconoclastic company’s version of “The Nutcracker” is nothing like the ballet. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s(…)