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Welcome to Lake Forest

To the Editor: A century ago, Kenwood was an ultra-elite neighborhood with the cream of Chicago’s wealthiest families living in the most extravagant houses in town. A week ago Monday night’s Kenwood community meeting about the conversion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses to bed and breakfast establishments marked the return of Kenwood(…)

A final farewell from Artisans 21

To the Editor: This is the last opportunity for Artisans 21 to invite all faithful friends of the arts and crafts to its annual Open House Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After more than 45 years of providing Hyde Park and Kenwood (actually, all of Chicago) with original ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography,(…)

Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor: Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends,(…)

Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor: During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for(…)

Take a stand on fracking regulations

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) With the support of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental advocates, the General Assembly approved and Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation last spring to regulate fracking operations in downstate Illinois. Hydraulic fracking differs from traditional methods of mining underground gas and oil as(…)

A question of TIF money for a U. of C. Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court was built using $23.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF) dollars, a publicly funded tax subsidy that is used to help spur development. But Jo Reizner, who served as co-chair of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council when the money was granted, questions if the board would have(…)

Thanksgiving hosted at LaRabida

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LaRabida Children’s Hospital is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for patients, their families and the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. The event is a 53-year-old joint initiative between the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the lakefront hospital for children with chronic illnesses,(…)

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) held a press conference Friday afternoon at its headquarters denouncing Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) decision to phase out Dyett High School. The organization said that CPS is creating a “School Desert” in the Bronzeville community and should Dyett close, Kenwood Academy High School(…)