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B&B plan could save valuable properties

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Dear Alderman Burns: The people of Hyde Park-Kenwood are very aware of architectural issues and have a special interest in Frank Lloyd Wright houses. The Robie House is the “crown jewel” of Hyde Park architecture, and the Heller House is also well known.(…)

Clearing the air on Harper Court

To the Editor: In recent days, some discussion has arisen about Harper Court that would benefit from a clearer recollection of the project’s history and the role that tax increment financing played in making it possible. For years, Hyde Park residents had asked for amenities the market was unwilling to provide. In 2008, at the(…)

B&B proposal a practical choice

To the Editor: Regarding the decision to oppose bed-and-breakfast status for two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Kenwood: Many neighbors with whom I have communicated on this issue were very surprised to read about Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) opposition to this proposal and even more surprised to hear about the meeting at which the B&B(…)

Village Thanksgiving drew many together

To the Editor: We were pleased that you could join us at our Thanksgiving “Pot Luck” and capture the spirit of this celebration in photos you shared with the rest of Hyde Park. The event was a collaboration of Augustana Lutheran Church of Chicago with Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and some University of Chicago students. Augustana(…)

Ald. Burns explains B&B decision

To the Editor: Some residents have enquired as to why I decided to end discussions on converting two Frank Lloyd Wright homes to bed-and-breakfasts. Leading up to the meeting, I encouraged the developer to meet with Kenwood residents to mitigate opposition to the project, which the developer did. I also talked to several of our(…)

ITwirl Dance Program to hold recital

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Students attending the Hyde Park-based ITwirl Dance Programs will perform a holiday dance recital at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. ITwirl, founded in 2012, is a dance school for children ages 2-and-a-half and up and adults. It is based at(…)

Nichols Park Advisory Council to examine garden remodel

The next Nichols Park Advisory Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St. The agenda includes plans for remodeling the Learning Garden, located south of the park across from St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. For more information, call(…)

Argonne director will be next U. of C. provost

Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric D. Isaacs will succeed outgoing University of Chicago Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum, the school announced last Thursday. Last October, Rosenbaum was appointed President of the California Institute of Technology, a position he will assume next July.