Letters To The Editor

B&B proposal a practical choice

To the Editor: Regarding the decision to oppose bed-and-breakfast status for two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Kenwood: Many neighbors with whom I have communicated on this issue were very surprised to read about Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) opposition to this proposal and even more surprised to hear about the meeting at which the B&B(…)

Village Thanksgiving drew many together

To the Editor: We were pleased that you could join us at our Thanksgiving “Pot Luck” and capture the spirit of this celebration in photos you shared with the rest of Hyde Park. The event was a collaboration of Augustana Lutheran Church of Chicago with Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and some University of Chicago students. Augustana(…)

Ald. Burns explains B&B decision

To the Editor: Some residents have enquired as to why I decided to end discussions on converting two Frank Lloyd Wright homes to bed-and-breakfasts. Leading up to the meeting, I encouraged the developer to meet with Kenwood residents to mitigate opposition to the project, which the developer did. I also talked to several of our(…)

U. of C. owes schools for Harper Court TIF $

To the Editor: Now that the University of Chicago has taken direct ownership of the Harper Court project structures (it has owned the land, through its real estate development arm, for some time), we are faced with the undeniable fact that the $23.4 million TIF subsidy for this development was for the university’s benefit. Half(…)

Happy to see changes on 53rd Street

To the Editor: At 69 years of age, I’m happy to see improvements to our shopping options. Without a car, I am frequently on 53rd Street visiting my old favorites Kimberly Lee and Supreme. Recently I’ve added Comfort Me to my list of places to shop. My cousin and I visit the theater once a(…)

57th Street Books a book lover’s paradise

To the Editor: I moved to Hyde Park and told a North Side book-loving friend that I could now live happily ever after, for there was hardly a direction I could walk without encountering a bookstore. He looked at me solemnly and said, “Why, it’s like an alcoholic moving in above a tavern.” Part of(…)

Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor: During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for(…)

Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor: Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends,(…)

A final farewell from Artisans 21

To the Editor: This is the last opportunity for Artisans 21 to invite all faithful friends of the arts and crafts to its annual Open House Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After more than 45 years of providing Hyde Park and Kenwood (actually, all of Chicago) with original ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography,(…)

Welcome to Lake Forest

To the Editor: A century ago, Kenwood was an ultra-elite neighborhood with the cream of Chicago’s wealthiest families living in the most extravagant houses in town. A week ago Monday night’s Kenwood community meeting about the conversion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses to bed and breakfast establishments marked the return of Kenwood(…)

Thanks to the Herald for new series

To the Editor: We look forward to the Herald’s new series on “Lost Hyde Park.” I liked the observation in the announcement that “Hyde Park today is one of the best places in America to view the rich complexity of urban architecture, where history reflects the spirit of ever-changing eras.” Anyone who has lived here(…)

University concern about input hollow

To the Editor: So the South East Chicago Commission is now conducting a traffic study “as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops.” I applaud the volunteer spirit of the community members who will serve on the committee. But the concerns about traffic were raised at the first Visioning Workshop in 2007, so why(…)

Save the 47th Street fitness complex

To the Editor: Hyde Park has a wonderful asset which we might lose. For the past several months, rumors have spread about the property at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Currently, it houses the following facilities: XS Tennis, an indoor tennis club, LA fitness and the University of Chicago Physical Therapy and Advocate Health Outpatient(…)

“… and they put up a parking lot”

To the Editor: It’s certainly been a bad year for old Hyde Park buildings. First, the University of Chicago’s Ingleside Hall went down and now MAC is planning to bulldoze three luxury 1892 rowhouses from the Columbian Exposition era now standing on the 5100 block of Harper. All fine buildings, one sacrificed to a big(…)

Efficiency Isn’t Everything

To the Editor: Somewhere in the more efficient, income-producing, planned further construction for 53rd Street there must be accommodation for the arts and crafts displaced by the razing of Harper Court. This special arrangement there made for Artisans 21, in part accounts for its longevity (45-plus years); until now. Will this aspect of Hyde Park(…)

Lab’s new building a danger to birds

To the Editor: The new Laboratory School annex on Stony Island Avenue, celebrated in your Oct. 16 article, sits across the street from one of the most celebrated spots for viewing migratory birds in Chicago, namely Jackson Park and the Wooded Isle, where tens of thousands of warblers, orioles, tanagers, thrushes, thrashers, vireos and other(…)

Kudos to plaintiffs in Vue53 lawsuit

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Herald as a public acknowledgement of the lawsuit filed by Michael Scott and three other Hyde Park residents in response to the Vue53 development, as reported in the Oct. 2 issue of the newspaper. Dear Michael: As president of the Winston Court Condominium Association (WCCA), I(…)

Hyde Park is awash in dinosaurs

To the Editor: I wonder if Dr. Paul Soreno is aware of the remarkable group of dinosaurs that have been active in Hyde Park this past summer and early autumn? All seem to fall under the genus, Chicago Water Management. On Dorchester Avenue, where I live, there has been a large creature with a white(…)

Community left out of U. of C. planning

To the Editor: I read about the incubator space that the University of Chicago announced on Friday, Oct. 11. I am writing in response to the announcement, and in the hopes that others will chime in; this is our community, our neighborhood, and our voices need to be heard. I am life long Hyde Parker(…)

Come and tend a memorial garden

To the Editor: I am writing to invite readers of the Herald to participate in a workday at a special Hyde Park garden. Amanda’s Garden, at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, near Ray Elementary School, is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was(…)