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Suit filed over Vue53 site

Suit filed over Vue53 site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of(…)

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer William Burke, recent graduate of Ray Elementary School, will star in a production of “Lord of the Flies” in Steppenwolf Theater’s Young Adults 2013-2014 series. Burke, 14, will play the character Bill in the production, which tells the story of a group of English boys stranded on a deserted(…)

Car break-ins plague locals

Car break-ins plague locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Car break-ins in Hyde Park in September were up almost three times over the same period last year, Chicago Police said. Officer Jose Estrada, spokesman for Chicago Police News Affairs, said in 2012 Hyde Park had 13 reported car break-ins from Sept. 1 through Sept. 27. During the same time(…)

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is seeking donations to send its final 8th grade class to Washington, D.C., in the spring. “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schools voted to(…)

Jack Cella retires

Jack Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Seminary Co-op Bookstore General Manager Jack Cella will be retiring Sunday, Oct. 13, after more than forty years at the store, now located at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Seminary Co-op Board of Directors Chair Bill Gerstein and Vice Chair Art Sussman revealed the news to bookstore members in(…)

Antheus to demolish greystones

Antheus to demolish greystones

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Three long-unoccupied greystone buildings near the developments along Harper Avenue and 52nd Street will be demolished and replaced with a parking lot. Peter Cassel, spokesman with Antheus Property, said they bought the three greystones in 5110 and 5114 S. Harper Ave. in 2008 as a defensive move, “when it was(…)

Shoreland rehab complete; units filling up

Shoreland rehab complete; units filling up

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park’s newest apartment building rehab, the revamped University of Chicago dormitory Shoreland Hall, now known as the Shoreland Apartments, 5454 S. Shore Dr., has been open for a month. As of last Friday, leases were signed for 60 units, of which 25 had tenants currently living in(…)

Lab selects new director

Lab selects new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby has been appointed as the new director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Appleby will on July 14, 2014, succeed David Magill, who announced in January that he would retire after 11 years as director. Before coming to Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., Appleby lived in(…)

Year seven for jazz festival

Year seven for jazz festival

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor This weekend’s seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will feature a healthy mix of veteran and newcomer performers, according to organizers. More than 30 acts will perform at 10 venues spanning the neighborhood, from 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28, and between 1 p.m. and 8(…)

Reavis joins new schools network

Reavis joins new schools network

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Reavis Elementary School is a part of a newly established network of schools whose administrators and teachers will receive hands-on professional development as a part of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) “reinvestment schools” program. Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., is no longer a part of the Burnham Network School Area(…)

DARE residence to hold flea market

DARE residence to hold flea market

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A fundraiser flea market will take place in the parking lot of the Disabled Adults Residential Enterprises, 1616 E. 55th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The first-ever sale will feature vendors at tables and racks selling a wide variety of wares including(…)

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after a prominent South Side pastor does not sit well with Hyde Park residents on that street. Emanuel last week proposed renaming Stony Island Avenue from 56th Street to 130th Street after Dr. Arthur M. Brazier, a civic leader and prominent(…)

Music venue for 53rd Street

Music venue for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park should have a new music venue and restaurant by the end of this year. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., will begin serving “hearth-based” food when it opens its doors to patrons and musicians in late 2013, owner Bruce Finkelman said at a Fifth Ward meeting hosted at(…)

Deco building may gain car wash

Deco building may gain car wash

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The owners of a parking garage will request a zoning change to allow it to provide car-washing services on its lower level. The owners of the Deco Arts building, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., will submit a request to rezone the property from B3-5 to C2-5 which attorney Sara K.(…)

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Venerated historian, teacher and civil rights activist Timuel Black was honored in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Black, 94, traveled to the nation’s capital to receive the honor last month. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Black to organize locally to bring Chicagoans to the(…)

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The first retailers in Harper Court opened to the public last week. Athletic shoe retailer Villa, 5230 S. Lake Park Ave., opened over Labor Day weekend with an opening celebration last Friday. AT&T, which previously operated at 1457 E. 53rd St., relocated next to Villa and Starbucks, which formerly sat(…)

Ray LSC endorses budget

Ray LSC endorses budget

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council held a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 29, to approve its revised budget for the school year. In July, the LSC at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., joined several other schools around the city in rejecting the 2013-2014 school year budget proposed(…)

Nichols Park is once again site for Childrens Book Fair

Nichols Park is once again site for Childrens Book Fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer “Fracture Fables & Twisted Tales” is the theme for this year’s Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair. Free books, fun crafts and literacy awareness projects are all a part of this year’s event. The festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in Nichols Park at(…)

New energy program could cost local high-rises

New energy program could cost local high-rises

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A proposed energy reporting ordinance would require many Hyde Park high-rises to make public how much energy they consume and to verify that data, which could cost in the thousands of dollars. Mayor Rahm Emanuel first introduced the ordinance in June. It will come up for a vote at the(…)

Schools face changing times

Schools face changing times

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As the new school year begins, three Hyde Park elementary schools are experiencing the effects of school actions taken by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in efforts to balance its budget. At the end of June, CPS closed about 50 elementary schools across the city in order to balance its(…)