SSA under committee review

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council Committee on Finance will hear arguments for and against creating a Special Service Area (SSA) on 53rd Street. The Finance committee will have a public meeting to discuss the creation of SSA 61, which would levy an additional property tax, along the 53rd Street business corridor and(…)

Big week for Harper Court

Big week for Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Office tenants will begin moving into Harper Court this week, just ahead of the project’s grand opening. Administrative personnel from the information technology services, alumni relations and facilities services departments will all begin moving into the office tower, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Nov. 7. The moves should be complete(…)

Teacher reaches out to Hyde Park for new program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Educator Lauren Beitler held a meeting for Hyde Park parents Tuesday night to survey interest in the start of a school that emphasizes a democratic process. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, was a middle school teacher at several schools on(…)

Scary rumors trafficking in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some Hyde Parkers heard quite a scary story this Halloween. Rumors started flying that the University of Chicago and the South East Chicago Commission were planning to block all vehicular traffic from 53rd Street. The SECC’s 53rd Street Twitter feed, @HydePark53, tweeted Thursday afternoon “How would you feel if east(…)

SECC begins traffic study

SECC begins traffic study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission has begun a study to determine what the developments along 53rd Street and in the neighborhood overall will do to the traffic in Hyde Park. SECC executive director Wendy Walker Williams said the study came as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops. Traffic,(…)

LA Fitness will cost customers

LA Fitness will cost customers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park patrons of the 47th Street LA Fitness can choose to transfer their memberships to the 53rd Street club when it opens, but it is likely to cost them. Ald. Will Burns (4th) spoke on behalf of the 47th Street LA Fitness at the Fourth Ward meeting on Monday(…)

Quentin Young documentary nabs funding in 11th hour

Quentin Young documentary nabs funding in 11th hour

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It came down to the wire, but the funding for a documentary on a prominent Hyde Park physician came through. The Kickstarter to fund “The Good Dr. Young,” a documentary on Quentin Young, a decades-long Hyde Parker and vocal advocate for single-payer health care, came through in its final hours(…)

World Sport aids CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a new partnership with World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote participation in its 30+20+10 pilot physical education program. CPS implemented the 30+20+10 program to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students. It is a part of the city’s faceted public health agenda Healthy(…)