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“… and they put up a parking lot”

To the Editor: It’s certainly been a bad year for old Hyde Park buildings. First, the University of Chicago’s Ingleside Hall went down and now MAC is planning to bulldoze three luxury 1892 rowhouses from the Columbian Exposition era now standing on the 5100 block of Harper. All fine buildings, one sacrificed to a big(…)

Save the 47th Street fitness complex

To the Editor: Hyde Park has a wonderful asset which we might lose. For the past several months, rumors have spread about the property at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Currently, it houses the following facilities: XS Tennis, an indoor tennis club, LA fitness and the University of Chicago Physical Therapy and Advocate Health Outpatient(…)

University concern about input hollow

To the Editor: So the South East Chicago Commission is now conducting a traffic study “as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops.” I applaud the volunteer spirit of the community members who will serve on the committee. But the concerns about traffic were raised at the first Visioning Workshop in 2007, so why(…)

Ray will discuss state of school

The Ray “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Toni Hill, interim principal at Ray, will deliver the address. The school’s local school council meeting has been rescheduled and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Parents interested in sending their children to William H. Ray(…)

Scary rumors trafficking in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some Hyde Parkers heard quite a scary story this Halloween. Rumors started flying that the University of Chicago and the South East Chicago Commission were planning to block all vehicular traffic from 53rd Street. The SECC’s 53rd Street Twitter feed, @HydePark53, tweeted Thursday afternoon “How would you feel if east(…)

Editorial: 53rd Street must also incubate local business

When Hyde Park was preparing for the dramatic remaking of the neighborhood that came to be known as Urban Renewal in the 1950s, offices for the City of Chicago were established on the second floor of the Harper Building on the northwest corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. There, the ambitions of civic leaders(…)

Efficiency Isn’t Everything

To the Editor: Somewhere in the more efficient, income-producing, planned further construction for 53rd Street there must be accommodation for the arts and crafts displaced by the razing of Harper Court. This special arrangement there made for Artisans 21, in part accounts for its longevity (45-plus years); until now. Will this aspect of Hyde Park(…)

Verdi’s “Otello” hits all the right notes

Verdi’s “Otello” hits all the right notes

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Nov. 2 Phone: 1-312-332-2244 By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic Verdi’s “Otello” never fails to offer rich opportunities for artists who are both splendid singers and actors. Opening night at Lyric Opera of Chicago proved this to be true yet again, with a splendid cast and(…)