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U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

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

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After years of studying urban policy in school and at work, Hyde Parker Jocelyn Hare wants to lead the 5th Ward. Hare, 34, is a University of Chicago Harris School graduate, currently serving as a Richard M. Daley Distinguished Senior Fellow consulting on policy for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and(…)

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some of Hyde Park’s architectural gems will be open for tours during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house. This year the foundation will include more than 150 places across the city and six in Hyde Park. The buildings will be open on Oct. 18 and 19 and admission is free.(…)

New Regenstein Library exhibit showcases WWI-era French illustration

New Regenstein Library exhibit showcases WWI-era French illustration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illustrated French books from the World War I era are the focus of an exhibit opening Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. “En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I,” curated by Hyde Park husband and wife duo Teri J.(…)

Oscar Brown remembered

Oscar Brown remembered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Members of Hyde Park’s jazz community will host a memorial for Oscar Brown Jr. on Friday. Brown, who would have turned 88 on Friday, died in 2005. His daughters, jazz musicians Maggie Brown and Africa Brown, will perform as The 2 Brown Sisters at Promontory, 5331 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Building on its plan to make sure qualified low-income students graduate debt free, the University of Chicago announced its “No Barriers” initiative at a press conference Wednesday morning at its Gleacher Center building downtown. No Barriers is a program that provides students of all backgrounds and economic circumstances with(…)

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(…)