News In Brief

TIF meeting cancelled

This month’s 53rd Street TIF advisory council meeting has been cancelled, according to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). For more information and updates, call the SECC at 773-324-6926 or visit secc-chicago.org.

One really bad day: Gets shot, goes to prison

A Hyde Park man was charged with a felony after he was injured in a physical confrontation on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue last month. Roy Malava, 55, of the 5300 block of South Cornell Avenue, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police arrived(…)

Former Ramada soon to be La Quinta Inn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, formerly the Ramada, has been sold to La Quinta Inn recently. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing, for the hotel at 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., announced the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The hotel will remain open during renovation, which will include updating(…)

Vietnamese eats coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening on 55th Street early next year. Entrepreneur Vince Srisak expects to open Pho 55 in mid-January. The casual dining restaurant is now under construction at 1611 E. 55th St., directly to the east of Thai 55 Restaurant, which Srisak also owns.(…)

Herald, LaRabida seek donors

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)

ACA questions answered

An Affordable Care Act sign-up help session will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. A GetCovered Illinois representative will be at the library tomorrow and next Thursday to help people sign up for health coverage. The event is being sponsored by(…)

Experimental Station takes on Concealed Carry

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Experimental Station is accepting proposals for responses to Illinois’ new Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which will legalize guns in public spaces next January. Proposals may be for drawings, websites, paintings architecture, sculpture, performance and conceptual works. The call for proposals, due Dec. 6, will be followed by a(…)

TLC wins award

The TLC Management Company won six awards in the 21st Annual Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence (CAMME) Awards. The CAMME Awards are given annually to honor multi-family housing companies and professionals that have demonstrated excellence in the previous year. Plaisance Apartments Maintenance Professional, Luis Alvarado, The Flamingo’s Assistant to the Property Manager, Ryan Bilby and(…)

Council to fight for Canter

The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting a Community Action Council planning meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4. The committee is inviting all parents, school administrators, and community and business members to attend the meeting, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

New group to be formed for Cornell Park

Fifth Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston is accepting volunteers for the first formal Cornell Park Advisory Council. Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., has never had an official advisory council. It hopes to be ready in time for spring planting. Youth volunteers are strongly encouraged, as well as anybody interested in gardening or installing playground equipment.(…)

Burns eyes businesses

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would require publicly traded companies seeking city favors to disclose how much they pay in state income taxes. Thirteen aldermen, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), have co-sponsored the Chicago Corporate Reponsibility and Tax Disclosure Act. The legislation would apply(…)

Herald, LaRabida gift drive

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)

Kenwood food drive Friday

The Kenwood Academy Music Department is hosting a Thanksgiving concert and food drive. Performances by the concert choir and jazz band will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Kenwood Academy High School Auditorium, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The music department is asking community members to bring a bag of at least(…)

DuSable gets honorary street

The City of Chicago designated Payne Drive as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way during a special ceremony Thursday morning at The DuSable Museum of African American History. Payne Drive, from East Rainey Drive to eastbound Midway Plaisance, will be known as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way. Carol L. Adams, president and CEO of(…)

Remembering Bert Benade

Remembering Bert Benade

The family of Bert Benade invites neighborhood residents and friends to mingle and socialize in remembrance of the late Hyde Park Historical Society board member at an open house from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at the International House’s Home Room, 1414 E. 59th St. A podium will be open between 1 p.m.(…)

Chabad offering meals

The Rohr Chabad Center will distribute meals to seniors and residents unable to attend a family or group dinner this Thanksgiving. Featured fare will include roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, a dinner roll and pumpkin pie. To anonymously suggest a meal recipient, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago(…)