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TIF meeting cancelled

This month’s 53rd Street TIF advisory council meeting has been cancelled, according to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). For more information and updates, call the SECC at 773-324-6926 or visit secc-chicago.org.

U. of C. owes schools for Harper Court TIF $

To the Editor: Now that the University of Chicago has taken direct ownership of the Harper Court project structures (it has owned the land, through its real estate development arm, for some time), we are faced with the undeniable fact that the $23.4 million TIF subsidy for this development was for the university’s benefit. Half(…)

Happy to see changes on 53rd Street

To the Editor: At 69 years of age, I’m happy to see improvements to our shopping options. Without a car, I am frequently on 53rd Street visiting my old favorites Kimberly Lee and Supreme. Recently I’ve added Comfort Me to my list of places to shop. My cousin and I visit the theater once a(…)

57th Street Books a book lover’s paradise

To the Editor: I moved to Hyde Park and told a North Side book-loving friend that I could now live happily ever after, for there was hardly a direction I could walk without encountering a bookstore. He looked at me solemnly and said, “Why, it’s like an alcoholic moving in above a tavern.” Part of(…)

One really bad day: Gets shot, goes to prison

A Hyde Park man was charged with a felony after he was injured in a physical confrontation on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue last month. Roy Malava, 55, of the 5300 block of South Cornell Avenue, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police arrived(…)

Former Ramada soon to be La Quinta Inn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, formerly the Ramada, has been sold to La Quinta Inn recently. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing, for the hotel at 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., announced the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The hotel will remain open during renovation, which will include updating(…)

Vietnamese eats coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening on 55th Street early next year. Entrepreneur Vince Srisak expects to open Pho 55 in mid-January. The casual dining restaurant is now under construction at 1611 E. 55th St., directly to the east of Thai 55 Restaurant, which Srisak also owns.(…)

Herald, LaRabida seek donors

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)