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Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A precinct that was voted dry in the 1990s has created a snag for an upscale Japanese restaurant intending to open up in Hyde Park. Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges wasn’t aware that the sale of liquor was prohibited when he announced plans to bring a second branch of(…)

Harper leased — with no locals

Harper leased — with no locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court’s retail element is almost entirely rented out, nearly 100 percent full including the space at the building being constructed, as well as in the associated projects at the former Borders building and the Harper Theater. The retail presence at the new Harper Court will be almost entirely one(…)

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents, community members, teachers and administrators from schools in Hyde Park gathered together at Kozminski Elementary School Saturday to discuss how they keep their neighborhood schools open. Representatives from schools in Hyde Park, including Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St.; Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St.;(…)

Ray off of CPS closure list

Ray off of CPS closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released a list of 129 schools last week that are being considered for closure. Ray Elementary School was removed after showing up on an initial list, but the fate of three other Hyde Park schools is still hanging in the balance. Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark(…)

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Court Theater is moving its rehearsal space from the second story of an old taxicab house to an 8,000-square-foot building that will better mimic their stage and accommodate its costume shop. The former State Farm building on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will be part of the(…)

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected. Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between(…)

Trauma center calls back

Trauma center calls back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After four people were arrested following an attempted sit-in at the University of Chicago Medicine’s new hospital last month, the calls to have access to an adult trauma care center on the South Side have increased. Protestors have also called for the U. of C. to explain the violence that(…)

High-rise proposed for 53rd

High-rise proposed for 53rd

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 13-story building with space for 30,000 square feet of retail and 267 rental apartments could be the future along 53rd Street but residents who heard about the plan last week were more concerned about potential traffic headaches the development could exacerbate than the size of the building. Mesa Development(…)

UCMC protestors arrested

UCMC protestors arrested

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter University of Chicago graduate students held a press conference Monday to speak out about what they said was rough treatment they and other demonstrators received for peaceably protesting the lack of a trauma center at the U. of C. Medical Center. The group also made attempts to deliver petitions to(…)

Ray chasing top tier status

Ray chasing top tier status

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School “State of the School” address took place last Thursday. The school’s ranking, budget and extra-curricular programs were top discussion points during the meeting. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) longer school day mandate, readjustment of the school year due to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike(…)

Revels take on 1893

Revels take on 1893

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The longstanding Quadrangle Club Revels return this year Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., at 8 p.m. with “The Impossible City,” a comedic play recognizing the legacy of Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition. The group first performed at the Quadrangle(…)

UCMC demonstrators protest treatment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago graduate students held a press conference today to speak out about what they said was rough treatment they and other demonstrators received for peaceably protesting the lack of a trauma center at the U. of C. Medical Center. The group also made attempts to deliver petitions(…)

Regents gym to allow public

Regents gym to allow public

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Regents Park Apartments has requested a zoning change that would bring the building in line with modern zoning requirements and pave the way to admitting the public to the property’s gym and added building amenities. “We’ve been working. We had a community meeting in October and have got a whole(…)

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

A dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building, the Center for Care and Discovery, was held Monday. Dignitaries, including many from Hyde Park, attended the discussion of the economic impact of the new facility. State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie (D-25) attended, and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) along with Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th)(…)

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Where: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Jan. 19 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Fairy tales are an entertaining way of teaching children lessons, often laced with moral instruction. Lyric Opera is now offering a particularly entertaining version of the famous story of “Hänsel und Gretel” in the form(…)

Ray biking

Ray biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded two pedal-powered bicycles from Climate Cycle’s 2012 Green Schools Grant. The electricity generated from the bikes will be used to power items used in several of the school’s extracurricular programs. Climate Cycle, a Chicago-based non-profit founded to build youth awareness about global warming, provides(…)

Neighborhood club growing

Neighborhood club growing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is continuing to add new programs that supplement its After School Learning Lab program. “We offer continuity across childhood offerings that work for each age,” said Sarah Diwan, director of Early Childhood Programs at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. High School Programs The HPNC(…)

Chamber enters 2013 with new board

Chamber enters 2013 with new board

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Greg Guttman is the new board president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Guttman, director of marketing at MAC Property Management, replaced Hyde Park Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan Walker. The chamber had a successful 2012 and plans to build on its strengths in 2013, said(…)

Harper Theater sets opening date

Harper Theater sets opening date

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Theater passed all necessary licensing and expects to begin showing movies on Friday, Jan. 18. Tony Fox, president and CEO of ADF Capital, Ltd, who is renovating and operating the theater, said that the business passed licensing requirements for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, structural, fire and(…)

Becker-Friedman institute construction begins at CTS site

Becker-Friedman institute construction begins at CTS site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Renovations on 5757 S. University Ave. have begun. The University of Chicago is adapting the former Chicago Theological Seminary to the Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Work began after the building’s last tenant, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, moved out of the basement last year. The entrance to the building(…)