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Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park had a busy year for real estate and development, centered on the remaking of 53rd Street, the neighborhood’s retail corridor, but affecting the entire community. Development in 2012 The new Harper Court began to take shape in 2012. The building reached its full height, achieved LEED certification, leased(…)

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The focus of much of the last year in education was the teachers strike, but Hyde Park saw a lot of change in leadership on the education front in 2012. Chicago Teachers Union strike Teachers, parents, students and education activists filled the streets of Hyde Park several times this(…)

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park Village The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) has been hosting luncheons and other strategy meetings in order to build up services for senior citizens in the neighborhood. CHPV has a 10-member steering committee, is seeking 501 c (3) not-for-profit status and is looking for volunteers and a(…)

Park 52 to close

Park 52 to close

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Park 52 will be closing very early in 2013. In an announcement released on Monday the upscale American restaurant said “We have voluntarily opted to close the restaurant due to a combination of business and personal obligations.” The public is invited to attend a closing party at 5 p.m. on(…)

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust purchases HP Bank

Wintrust Financial Corporation announced last week the completion of its previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of HPK Financial Corporation. HPK is the parent company of Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company. As part of the transaction, Hyde Park Bank will be merged into Wintrust’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Beverly Bank and Trust Company N.A. Hyde Park(…)

Hyde Parkers debut graphic novel

Hyde Parkers debut graphic novel

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern “Do you want to see the devil?” is the question that opens “Chinatown,” a graphic novel by two Hyde Park-area brothers that launched at an event this past Saturday. Wesley and Bradley Sun, founders of Sun Brothers Studios, produced the book with the help of more than 600 online backers.(…)

PD 43 deal gains accolades

PD 43 deal gains accolades

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Woodlawn Home Owners Association and the University of Chicago will receive the Marian and Leon Despres award from the Hyde Park Historical Society for their work on Institutional Planned Development 43. Institutional Planned Development 43, or PD43, is a document that governs how the U. of C. uses its(…)

Historical society announces award winners

Historical society announces award winners

The Hyde Park Historical Society has announced its annual awards to individuals and community organizations that have provided exceptional service in the preservation of Hyde Park Township history, structures and landscape. The 2013 Paul Cornell Awards winners are: The Jackson Park Advisory Council, Louise McCurry, President, for the restoring the Park’s natural areas, establishing a(…)

Shoesmith LSC discusses future of school

Shoesmith LSC discusses future of school

Shoesmith Elementary School’s local school council (LSC) held its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday night in the school’s cafeteria. Meeting discussions included: The Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC)- PPLC consists of seven elected staff members representing each grade level, plus the two teacher members of the LSC. The PPLC will develop and formally present(…)

Wendy Williams appointed to energy committee

Wendy Williams appointed to energy committee

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer South East Chicago Commission executive director Wendy Walker Williams recently was appointed to a committee to help the city narrow down the field of eligible candidates who will bid to provide electricity for the city. Williams was asked to serve, she said, because of her background as a community leader(…)

Point will need leader, locals say

Point will need leader, locals say

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The resignation of Jesse Jackson Jr. from his position as congressman for the second district, which covers parts of the 5th Ward, means for some the loss of an ally whose vision for Promontory Point Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Drive, has in the past clashed with the city’s most(…)

Local football team makes it to championships

Local football team makes it to championships

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Junior Spartan Youth Football League All American team traveled to Tampa, Fla. this weekend to compete in the Youth Football League National Championships. The team, which had a record of 10-1 this year, was recently named the Chicago Southtown Champions. This week the team will play(…)

Hyde Parkers react to School Progress Reports

Hyde Parkers react to School Progress Reports

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released 2012 School Progress Reports to parents on report card pick up day. Parents in Hyde Park said the reports offer a more comprehensive look at the academic and social climate of each school and school administrators have taken steps to communicate with parents about(…)

Race for the 2nd is heating up

Race for the 2nd is heating up

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the House will take place on April 9. The Illinois House had to approve the date because it fell outside of the 115-day requirement for elections of this kind. Governor Pat Quinn requested the date be moved to coincide with a previously(…)

South Sider seeking unsung heroes

South Sider seeking unsung heroes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The I Am We organization is looking for unsung heroes in the Hyde Park community who are working to keep the neighborhood safe. The organization is working to build a best practices approach to keeping communities all over the city free from robbery and violence. For LaTisha Thomas, founder(…)

Harold Washington’s legacy discussed at Hyde Park Historical Society

Harold Washington’s legacy discussed at Hyde Park Historical Society

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicagoans from across the city gathered at the Hyde Park Historical Society to share memories of their encounters with the late Mayor Harold Washington in observance of the 25th anniversary of his death. The Hyde Park Herald and Hyde Park Historical Society co-hosted a panel discussion titled “It’s a(…)

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Kimberly du Buclet (D-26) along with state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) hosted a town hall meeting Monday evening at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The three legislators spoke about issues they expected to come up during the veto session, which starts(…)

Harper Court sets LEED record

Harper Court sets LEED record

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court recently announced it achieved the highest sustainability rating in the state for a project of its kind, making it among the most environmentally friendly buildings in the nation. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Harper Court leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification for Neighborhood Development Gold(…)

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and 2nd District Lieutenant Mark Moor assured residents at the 4th Ward Meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, that the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, better known as the CAPS program, will remain in place after the new year despite having its budget eliminated in 2013. “At the(…)

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents received information about public schools from a Chicago Public Schools official and a few of their peers at the “ABCs of CPS” meeting last Wednesday hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. The meeting, which was geared toward(…)