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$10M visitors center for Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor In a meeting called Monday by Ald. Hairston (5th), community members heard a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar visitors center in Jackson Park. Details were presented by project designer Kulapat Yatrasast, of Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture, and Robert W. Karr Jr., a board member of The Garden(…)

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago purchased the newly-opened, retail complex and 12-story office tower Harper Court. “The University’s contract with Harper Court Partners allowed for the University to purchase the property, including Phase II, for approximately $98 million,” said Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of(…)

CPS pans Ray performance

CPS pans Ray performance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer How to achieve greater gains on tests and increase attendance were the two main topics discussed Wednesday night at Ray Elementary School during its “State of the School” address. If the school does not make gains over the next few months it could lead to designation as a low-ranking(…)

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Dozens of students from four South Side schools visited the University of Chicago campus last Thursday to learn about the analysis of large data sets to improve city services, including 12 students from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. At a four-hour seminar and workshop at(…)

University of Chicago buys Harper Court

University of Chicago buys Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago purchased the newly-opened, retail complex and 12-story office tower Harper Court. “The University’s contract with Harper Court Partners allowed for the University to purchase the property, including Phase II, for approximately $98 million,” said Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of(…)

Harper Court celebrated

Harper Court celebrated

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Above photo: Left to right: Anthony Beach (General Manager, Hyatt Chicago-South / University), David Cocagne (President and CEO, Vermilion Development Corporation), Robert J. Zimmer (President, University of Chicago), Ald. Will Burns (4th), Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, City of Chicago), and Andrew J. Mooney (Commissioner, Department Housing and Economic Development, City of Chicago)(…)

La Rabida honors Hyde Parkers

La Rabida honors Hyde Parkers

La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Drive, honored two Hyde Parkers last Friday for their support of the pediatric specialty care institution. Drs. Cheryl and Eric Whitaker received a joint community leadership award at the annual gala for the hospital, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel. “We are very excited to honor(…)

UCPD committee seeks input

UCPD committee seeks input

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Dissent and Protest is accepting ideas and recommendations from the public. The Committee was formed in response to the University of Chicago Police Department’s actions to a nonviolent protest at the then-vacant Center for Care and Discovery. In January, students, neighborhood(…)

City Hyde Park progresses

City Hyde Park progresses

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Committee on the Transportation and the Public Way approved Silliman Group’s request for permits to install planters, tree grates, sheetings and tiebacks at the former Village Shopping Center. Silliman, the financial arm of MAC Property Management, applied for permits to install eight planters, eight tree grates, two construction(…)

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Although there are no immediate plans to move forward on the building of the Solstice on the Park condominiums, Antheus Captial plans to honor its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land(…)

Diehards fight for Canter

Diehards fight for Canter

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Parkers aren’t through fighting to keep Canter Middle School open. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee voted to explore forming a Community Action Council (CAC) at its meeting Wednesday night at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. A CAC would consist of community(…)

SECC begins traffic study

SECC begins traffic study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission has begun a study to determine what the developments along 53rd Street and in the neighborhood overall will do to the traffic in Hyde Park. SECC executive director Wendy Walker Williams said the study came as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops. Traffic,(…)

LA Fitness will cost customers

LA Fitness will cost customers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park patrons of the 47th Street LA Fitness can choose to transfer their memberships to the 53rd Street club when it opens, but it is likely to cost them. Ald. Will Burns (4th) spoke on behalf of the 47th Street LA Fitness at the Fourth Ward meeting on Monday(…)

Quentin Young documentary nabs funding in 11th hour

Quentin Young documentary nabs funding in 11th hour

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It came down to the wire, but the funding for a documentary on a prominent Hyde Park physician came through. The Kickstarter to fund “The Good Dr. Young,” a documentary on Quentin Young, a decades-long Hyde Parker and vocal advocate for single-payer health care, came through in its final hours(…)

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer On a cold brisk Saturday afternoon at Ekersall Stadium, high school football fans witnessed one of the greatest individual first half performances in Chicago Public League Football history. Kenwood Academy star runningback, No. 20 Derrick Young, exploded for a Public League record five touchdowns, while compiling 200 all-purpose yards in a(…)

Push to keep Canter open

Push to keep Canter open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is hosting a “Future of Canter Meeting.” The meeting is open to parents and community members who are interested in keeping the middle school open. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

South Side Pie Challenge redux

South Side Pie Challenge redux

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The second annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place in Hyde Park in November. The program is currently seeking contestants and volunteers. The pie challenge will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Principal(…)

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon behind a BP gas station, 5130 S. Lake Park Ave. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a firetruck stood on 52nd Street while a small team of firefighters in the alleyway behind the station sprayed a wooden fence with water. “[The fire] came(…)

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

By Joseph Phillips Sports Reporter After a tough road loss to Englewood-Urban Prep last week at Gately Stadium, the Kenwood Academy Broncos would return to the field on Friday night against the DuSable Panthers with one thing on their mind: “A win,” said Broncos Head Coach Darnell Jones. “We need this one, we need this(…)

New Lab annex opens doors

New Lab annex opens doors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The nursery through primary school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are settling into the newly-built Earl Shapiro Hall. The school was built from the ground up with pre-K through 2nd graders in mind. Staff and faculty at the school, which was named after 1956 Lab school(…)