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2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers The last year saw few changes in the political landscape for Hyde Park, though a new state rep and the loss of a long-time U.S. Congressman made some headlines during an otherwise slow news year for politics. Chris Mitchell elected Christopher Mitchell sprang onto the political(…)

U. of C. happenings in 2012

U. of C. happenings in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers UChicago Promise Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer at Kenwood Academy High School in October to announce the launch of UChicago Promise a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. Zimmer said UChicago Promise(…)

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.(…)