Best of 2013

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby appointed to succeeded David Magill In January 2013, University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he announced his retirement early so the Lab(…)

A roundup of a hot development year

A roundup of a hot development year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court Harper Court opened after years of planning and was sold within a week to the University of Chicago. Top brass from the University of Chicago, Vermilion Development, the City of Chicago, Hyatt Hotels and others that helped fund it cut the ribbon on the $139 million development on(…)

CPS bombshell in 2013

CPS bombshell in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park usually make it through the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school closing announcements unscathed, but this year the neighborhood did not escape. As the district continued its search for ways to make cuts that would lead to a balanced budget, a wider range of schools(…)

2013: Chaka returns

2013: Chaka returns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, visited Chicago on July 27 and July 28 to receive honors for more than 40 years of excellence in the music industry. On July 27, Khan visited Hyde Park and was honored in a street naming(…)

2013 a big year for The Ancona School

2013 a big year for The Ancona School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013 with special events throughout the school year including a photo exhibit, education symposium and a 50th Anniversary Gala. Photo exhibit The celebration began with the opening of its historical photo exhibit, which included a timeline of the history of Ancona,(…)

Crime in Hyde Park rare and strange in 2013

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer New Commander The Chicago Police Department 2nd District saw a changing of the guards this year. The 2nd District’s new commander Terence Williams told neighborhood residents on in May at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) ward meeting that he takes a zero tolerance approach to crime. Williams said he takes a(…)

Corruption, jockeying and Axelrod’s return in 2013

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park and Kenwood were a hotbed of political activity in 2013, marked by the opening of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, state Sen. Kwame Raoul’s (D-16) appointment to Illinois’ Pension Reform Conference Committee and the election of a replacement to the seat of disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson(…)

Rousing 2013 for retail

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park’s retail environment saw many changes this year, with the completion of the multi-story Harper Court building and Hyatt Hotel. But a slew of notable newcomers — and exits — has made its mark on the neighborhood, including on its two major commercial corridors, 53rd and 55th streets. 55th(…)