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Say no to greed at McMobil site

To the Editor: We don’t need any more high rise buildings in Hyde Park! Hyde Park can remain a quaint, quiet and diverse neighborhood as it’s always been without the commercialization as with everything else in the country. It’s bad enough that we have that ugly monstrosity looming across the street from the bank building.(…)

Time for compromise at McMobil site

To the Editor: I support the proposed McMobil site redevelopment. I back Ald. Will Burns (4th) (who has already formally expressed his support for the development), the University of Chicago, and Mesa Development LLC. My support is strong and informed, but it is not unquestioning or unconditional. Rather than continuing to fightthe development or passively(…)

Versailles fire

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) responded to smoke coming from a mechanical room at the Versailles Apartments, 5254 S. Dorchester Ave., on the morning of Thursday, March 27. “It was just an overheated motor, there was no injuries, they had one line let off to cool off the(…)

Mezzos in the afternoon

A concert, “Mezzos in the Afternoon,” will take place at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Mezzo sopranos Amanda Thomas, the church’s acting music director, and Andrea Caruso, who sings at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the Lakeview neighborhood, will perform music by Aaron Copland(…)

HP house classes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Historical Society is holding a series of talks on home preservation titled, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. every third Sunday for the next four months at The Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Jack(…)

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A Hyde Park resident since 1994, Andy Austin is well-known among some in the neighborhood for her involvement with the University of Chicago “Revels,” a yearly comedic play incorporating the area’s historical events and figures. More remarkable, however, is the story of Austin’s 44-year career as a freelance(…)

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer In the midst of the Ancona School’s 50th-year celebration, school head Bonnie Wishne announced her retirement so that she can help plan for the school’s next 50 years. After 35 years at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Wishne announced that she will retire in 2015. Wishne made the announcement(…)

Parents protest cuts at club

Parents protest cuts at club

By DASCHEL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents whose children attend The Children’s House of Miss Tammie (CHOMT), a Montessori School located inside the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) have started a letter writing campaign to keep the school from being moved out of the building. The school’s director was aware that her stay(…)

New BBQ coming to Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A barbeque and bourbon restaurant is the most recent one to sign a lease at Harper Court. Porkchop will open its second location in a 2,500-square-foot space on the building’s first floor. The restaurant’s first branch, 941 W. Randolph St., serves barbeque with a focus on whiskey, bourbon and craft(…)

Liquor permit for 53rd Street spot back to square one

Liquor permit for 53rd Street spot back to square one

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s attempt to allow liquor sales on a portion of 53rd Street has failed. The petition filed with the Chicago City Clerk’s office by the U. of C. to overturn the prohibition on the sale of liquor in a portion of Hyde Park was denied. The city(…)

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is one of the 54 schools on Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) closing list. Parents and community members said they are reaching out to elected officials to try to keep the school open. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Thursday that several schools across the(…)

Locals pan high-rise

Locals pan high-rise

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers gathered to debate the merits and faults of the proposed 13-story apartment and retail building expected to be constructed on 53rd Street. Nearly 100 people came to Augustana Lutheran Church on Monday, March 18, many to voice concern that the building is too tall and out of proportion(…)

Shoreland close to opening doors

Shoreland close to opening doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Shoreland Hotel should have renters by August and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Peter Cassel, spokesman for Antheus Capital, said the gut rehab of the historic former hotel is about two-thirds complete. Once the $50 million renovation is finished, the Shoreland, 5454(…)

Kenwood student competing in science fair

Kenwood student competing in science fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Science Fair took place Friday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Students from two local high schools presented their projects at the citywide competition. This year’s science fair, a three-day event titled “Meeting Global Needs through Science, Technology,(…)

Players’ latest is coming soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Players will present “The Good Doctor” from April 12 to 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. “The Good Doctor” is a series of short skits based on the writings on 19th century Russian novelist Anton Chekov and adapted for the stage by “Odd Couple”(…)

Hyde Parker needs help getting girls to prom

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the next few months, teen girls across the city will begin to search for the prefect dress for prom. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP) is opening its boutique again this year for families that are unable to afford many of the pricey gowns and accessories in the stores.(…)