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Hyde Park gets Target

Hyde Park gets Target

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target had a soft opening in Hyde Park today, Nov. 2, but its official grand opening is set for this Sunday, Nov. 6. After being announced in March that a Target would be the core retailer of the Vue53 development, 1330 E. 53rd St., the Target Corporation held two hiring(…)

Part Twenty-one: Republican for all time to come?

Part Twenty-one: Republican for all time to come?

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS As we head to vote on Nov. 8, the importance of and ability to cast one’s vote has been an important theme of this election. 127 years ago those who chose not to vote were a critical factor directly affecting the future of the village of Hyde Park. In 1872 the(…)

Tellebration returns for 20th year

Tellebration returns for 20th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the weekend of Nov. 19 and 20, 18 separate events will be held both nationwide and worldwide in celebration of the art of storytelling for an annual event known as Tellebration. This year marks the 20th annual Hyde Park Tellebration that was created by professional storyteller and renowned MOTH(…)

Rowdy Halloween night in Hyde Park results in damage

Rowdy Halloween night in Hyde Park results in damage

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last night’s “Halloween Purge” resulted in arrests, damaged vehicles and mobs of young people taking over the streets of Hyde Park. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 10 juvenile arrests were made last night, including three (two females and one male) for disorderly conduct, four females for reckless conduct,(…)

Wooded Isle reopens to public

Wooded Isle reopens to public

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer On Saturday, Oct. 22., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the Jackson Park Advisory Council in collaboration with community leaders, business partners and volunteers, celebrated the grand opening of the Jackson Park Wooded Island Restoration Project, at 6300 S.Cornell Drive. “We are now a hybrid between ecological and(…)

Target seeking liquor license

Target seeking liquor license

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new Target that opens on Nov. 6 at 1330 E. 53rd St., applied for a liquor license to sell alcoholic merchandise on Sept. 13. According to the City of Chicago, a business has 35 days after the application is filed for public comment. Tuesday, Oct. 18, was the 35th(…)

Preaching tolerance to Westboro

Preaching tolerance to Westboro

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 10 Westboro Baptist Church members stood at the northeast corner of 55th Street and University Avenue Oct. 21 in protest against the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) gender-neutral bathrooms and housing. Across the street, about 60 or more U. of C. students stood in a counter-protest to the(…)

Herb Kent, 88

Herb Kent, 88

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer  Herb Kent, a famous Chicago radio host who was nicknamed “The Cool Gent,” and friend to many Hyde Parker residents, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 22. He was 88 years old.  Kent got his first taste of radio here in Hyde Park, while attending Hyde Park High School, where he(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society offers tour of rowhouses

Hyde Park Historical Society offers tour of rowhouses

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will present a guided tour of the historic professor rowhouses this Sunday, Oct. 23. The 56th Street between Kimbark and Woodlawn avenues is home to the distinctly London style houses that were built back in the early 1900s in order to accommodate University of(…)

U. of C. students counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 10 Westboro Baptist Church members stood at the northeast corner of 55th Street and University Avenue earlier today in protest against the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) gender-neutral bathrooms and housing. Across the street, about 60 or more U. of C. students stood in a counter-protest to the(…)

A look inside apartments at Vue53

A look inside apartments at Vue53

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Twelve stories up on top of Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., are views of Nichols Park, the vast lakefront and the tips of University of Chicago buildings, and it’s apparent why the newest development on 53rd Street was named after its views. After 18 months of construction, residents began moving(…)

Kenwood experiences tough loss at homecoming game

Kenwood experiences tough loss at homecoming game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer It was ‘Home Coming’ Night for the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos, as they would host conference rivals Calumet Perspective Leadership Academy in front of a packed house on Friday, Oct. 14, at Gately Stadium, 810 E. 103rd St. “We’ve been hitting well all season,” said Terry Jones, head coach(…)

New Montgomery Place CEO hopes for better community interactions

New Montgomery Place CEO hopes for better community interactions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Deborah Hart has been the chief executive officer over at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Lake Shore Dr., since the beginning of June, but her journey in senior living has lasted throughout her entire career. “I don’t think any individual ever purposely goes into senior living—most of us find that we(…)

Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park

Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Yoko Ono’s largest permanent public art installation in the world and the first of Ono’s in the United States, “Skylanding,” was dedicated on Monday morning, Oct. 17, during a ceremony in Jackson Park’s Wooded Island. The sculpture is a culmination of work between Ono and Project 120, after Ono visited(…)

Man injured in toilet explosion in Hyde Park Bank Building

Man injured in toilet explosion in Hyde Park Bank Building

A man bleeding profusely from his lip ran down the hallway in a panic on the fifth floor of the Hyde Park Bank building around 9 a.m., according to bank security officers. The man was seeking help for the injury he sustained when one of the toilets in the men’s bathroom exploded. The maintenance staff(…)

Nando’s Peri-Peri makes case for liquor license at new Hyde Park location

Nando’s Peri-Peri makes case for liquor license at new Hyde Park location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a community meeting last night, Oct. 11, the South African food chain, Nando’s Peri-Peri, presented it’s case for obtaining a liquor license at its new 3,995 square foot location at 1447 E. 53rd St., to the 5th Ward Alderman’s office. The meeting at the Hyde Park Hyatt was announced(…)

Shrine celebrates one year since fire

Shrine celebrates one year since fire

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Oct. 7, 2015, a fire engulfed the over 90-year-old Shrine of Christ the King Church in the early morning hours. The fire completely destroyed the roof, causing it to cave in. Burnt debris littered the streets surrounding the church and smoke from the fire lingered around even after the(…)

Part Twenty: We can’t serve you here

Part Twenty: We can’t serve you here

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the(…)

Tree planting event brings community together

Tree planting event brings community together

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Openlands and Project 120 collaborated on a project to celebrate what they are calling “Oaktober,” Saturday, Oct. 1. Despite the rain and persistent mosquitos, treekeepers and community volunteers gathered in Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr., to plant 12 trees for Oak Tree Awareness month or “Oaktober.” Oak trees are(…)