After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to son Jim(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer So many people filled the Washington Park fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon that park district officials turned people away briefly before opening up more overflow rooms. Chicago Park District board members gave the public a second opportunity to discuss potentially placing the Obama Presidential Library inside Washington Park. The first hearing drew more than(…)

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Yoko Ono is consulting on designs for a new landscape in Jackson Park. The project is part of Chicago non-profit Project 120′s sweeping vision for Jackson Park that includes a multi-million dollar visitor’s center and an updated framework plan inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s 1895 designs for the park. Project 120,(…)

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer Fourth and 5th ward candidates made their case last weekend at two aldermanic forums, one in Hyde Park hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD), and another in South Shore hosted by the Chicago Southside Branch NAACP. CECD Forum Candidates from both wards tackled questions on affordable housing, education(…)

Former Gov. Quinn signs Barbara Flynn Currie’s bill for 2016 comptroller election

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this past weekend approving a special election for Illinois comptroller in November 2016. The bill, sponsored in the House by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), passed in a special session last Thursday in both chambers of the General Assembly. The Senate voted 37-15 and the House voted(…)

U. of C. Medical Center withdraws plans to expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Services Review Board in December. The now-abandoned plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

War of words over Obama library sites in Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Officials and citizens from across the city spoke out last week in favor of, or in opposition to, using public parkland as a home for the Obama presidential library. The University of Chicago pitched using 21 acres of parkland on the west side of Jackson Park from 59th to 64th(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council plans park rededication day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council’s first official meeting focused on evolving plans for a spring celebration in the park. Seven people attended the meeting last Monday at the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., including Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee(…)