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University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago purchased the newly-opened, retail complex and 12-story office tower Harper Court. “The University’s contract with Harper Court Partners allowed for the University to purchase the property, including Phase II, for approximately $98 million,” said Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of(…)

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Dozens of students from four South Side schools visited the University of Chicago campus last Thursday to learn about the analysis of large data sets to improve city services, including 12 students from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. At a four-hour seminar and workshop at(…)

CPS pans Ray performance

CPS pans Ray performance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer How to achieve greater gains on tests and increase attendance were the two main topics discussed Wednesday night at Ray Elementary School during its “State of the School” address. If the school does not make gains over the next few months it could lead to designation as a low-ranking(…)

Harper greystones deserve preservation

Antheus Capital’s decision demolish three historic greystones on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue to pave the site for parking has, in our view, no redeeming justification. We fear the announcement marks a turning point in the way the New Jersey-based company is thinking about its responsibilities in the neighborhood. When Antheus founder Eli Unger(…)

Jackson pushes for progress

Jackson pushes for progress

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jesse Jackson Sr. was host to elected officials and clergy and community leaders from across the state Tuesday evening at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters. The group is organizing a conference in Springfield to work toward creating a unified agenda to take to Illinois legislators. The group, which included U.S. Rep. Bobby(…)

Kenwood food drive Friday

The Kenwood Academy Music Department is hosting a Thanksgiving concert and food drive. Performances by the concert choir and jazz band will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Kenwood Academy High School Auditorium, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The music department is asking community members to bring a bag of at least(…)

DuSable gets honorary street

The City of Chicago designated Payne Drive as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way during a special ceremony Thursday morning at The DuSable Museum of African American History. Payne Drive, from East Rainey Drive to eastbound Midway Plaisance, will be known as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way. Carol L. Adams, president and CEO of(…)

A story to remember

A story to remember

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Holocaust survivor and Hyde Park resident Herman Cohn spoke last Tuesday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., in an event hosted by the University of Chicago Chabad Center to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a night of terror widely recognized as the start of the(…)