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Local friends to history

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) has announced the 2014 winners of its Paul Cornell, Marian and Leon Despres Preservation and Jean Block Book awards, which will be presented at its annual dinner on Feb. 22 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s Paul Cornell Award winners are: Seth and Kristin Flanders,(…)

Liquor license suit dismissed; Yusho slated for summer opening on 53rd

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   Chef Matthias Merges said he expects the Hyde Park location of his Avondale Japanese restaurant Yusho to open this summer, following legal wrangling over the sale of alcohol in the area. On Dec. 17, a lawsuit originally filed in August challenging a University of Chicago-backed petition calling for the(…)

Time to represent schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has released its annual announcement inviting parents, teachers and community members to consider running for a spot on the local school council (LSC). The school district is also looking for election judges. The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is(…)

K.A.M.’s food justice weekend returns in January

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel will take place Jan. 17 to Jan. 19. The keynote address will be provided by Martha C. Nussbaum, who will speak on “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract” at the temple’s(…)

Steep price tag for repair of historic Kenwood mansions

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer To restore the decaying Frank Lloyd Wright houses at the center of a controversy in South Kenwood will take between $4 and $5 million, in addition to their purchase prices. The Blossom and McArthur houses have languished on the real estate market since fall of 2012. The McArthur house, 4852(…)

UCPD expanding to storefront on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department is renovating the former Dunkin’ Donuts building on 53rd Street. A building permit was issued for the $210,000 project at 1411 E. 53rd St., early last month. Renovations will include alterations to the first for to provide office space for UCPD. UCPD will open(…)

First Unitarian holds holiday event

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its second annual Green Holidayze Bazaar this weekend. The holiday fundraiser sale, featuring donations to the church ranging from clothes to decorations, baked goods and a tea room cafe, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on(…)

Free school gaining steam

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Another inquiry session for the Chicago Free School will take place in Hyde Park next month. Educator Lauren Beitler is interested in launching a school that emphasizes a democratic process in the neighborhood. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, will host(…)