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Transitional housing project helps homeless

Transitional housing project helps homeless

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern According to a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless study, 105,338 people were homeless in Chicago for the 2011-2012 school year. Just a handful of that population, or people at risk of joining it, may eventually become graduates of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP). The HPTHP is an all-volunteer(…)

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(…)