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Chamber dinner a success

Chamber dinner a success

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A host of local entrepreneurs, community figures and politicians convened last Thursday, Nov. 1, at the 73rd Annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce dinner, held at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Boulevard. High-profile attendees of the event – which kicked off with a 5:30 p.m. reception(…)

Bike share coming to Hyde Park

Bike share coming to Hyde Park

The last of five public meetings to discuss a new bike sharing initiative in Chicago will take place on the South Side of Chicago today, and city officials are seeking input as to where the stations for the program should be located. “Hyde Park will absolutely get stations, and the South Side will absolutely get(…)

Artisans 21 moves

Artisans 21 moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Artisans 21 recently reopened the arts and crafts co-op storefront that has been a Hyde Park staple for nearly 50 years. “We’re awfully glad to be back,” Rob Borja said. “This is one of the most astonishing co-ops I’ve ever been in.” Artisans 21, which sat in Harper Court for(…)

Hales rolls out youth program

Hales rolls out youth program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School held a “Knockout Gala Reception” and boxing matches Saturday, Oct. 27, to raise funds for its Olympic sports after-school program for at-risk youth. Spurred by youth violence, a soaring dropout rate and the youth unemployment problem, Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., created an after-school(…)

MSI home to close in January

MSI home to close in January

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After an unexpected five-year stint at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit will end in January. When the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, built the functioning, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home on the east side(…)

U. of C. offers free tuition

U. of C. offers free tuition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer Monday afternoon to announce the launch of UChicago Promise, a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. “As a society we need to be clear, a college degree makes a huge(…)

Village Foods

Village Foods

BY LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After nearly 30 years in Hyde Park, Village Foods closed its doors on Tuesday Oct. 16, and donated the remaining unsold foods to Hyde Park area nonprofits. The long time, affordable grocery store, opened its doors in 1983, said general manager Barry Monroe. “We outlasted Mr. G’s, the Co-op, Michaels,(…)