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Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

The Hyde Park Historical society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Nov. 1. The Despres Award recognizes organizations, individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in preserving Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township — including 35th through 139th(…)

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a public meeting Monday evening to gather community input for what could be a long-term, multimillion-dollar project to spruce up Hyde Park’s 55th Street corridor. Around 20 community members divided among four tables were each assigned to compile a(…)

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The final results from a survey gauging Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street said it would be popular in the neighborhood. The trolley would be funded by the 53rd Street Special Service Area, an additional property tax levied to buildings in a corridor primarily along 53rd Street(…)

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Megan Thole, the new principal of Ray Elementary School, spoke about her vision for the school at Tuesday night’s local school council (LSC) meeting. Thole began by telling the parents and community members of Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., a little about her personal background. The Logan Square resident(…)

Senior services program weeks away from launch

Senior services program weeks away from launch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sammie Dortch is the inaugural executive director of the developing Chicago Hyde Park Village. The senior services program is hosting a launch party next month to celebrate its official opening. Dortch is a gerontologist, who recently retired after 17 years as the chair of an interdisciplinary Harold Washington College(…)

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four firetrucks responded to an incident on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue late Monday afternoon. The incident took place at an apartment building 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke began spewing onto the sidewalk a few minutes past 5 p.m. Firefighters removed an object appearing to be the source(…)

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to offer a principal contract to Megan Thole at its meeting Thursday night. The selection concludes a search that extended across two school years and two LSC administrations. Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)