Hairston strikes out at Chase

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) introduced a new ordinance that would strike JPMorgan Chase from the City of Chicago’s list of municipal depositories. Hairston says the legislation was inspired by the news: The bank paid $2.6 billion settlement earlier this month to victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme after agreeing to(…)

U. of C. summer program changes rile alumni

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning against changes to a competitive internship program that focuses on community building. Michelle Obama founded Summer Links when she was University Community Service Center (UCSC) director in 1997. This year it began working with Metcalf internships under the Career Advancement department, a move(…)

Revels return

Revels return

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Quadrangle Club Revels will take place again this year, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the perennial play’s namesake venue, at 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s production, “Sweet Dreams: A Winter’s Tale of Spring,” was written by local author Ted Fishman and(…)

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council approved spending $11.3 million tax increment financing dollars to construct City Hyde Park, a mixed-use complex that would bring Whole Foods to the neighborhood. The $115 million development will include 120,000 square feet of retail, 180 apartments and two levels of parking underground with space for 350(…)

Free school finds fall digs

Free school finds fall digs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The founder of the Chicago Free School announced its new Hyde Park location Wednesday. The staff is also hosting a school-planning meeting in February. “After touring many local churches, we have found exactly what we are looking for at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.,”(…)

SSA established for 53rd St.

SSA established for 53rd St.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City of Chicago has appointed about half of the committee members for the 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA). James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development; Michael McGarry, president at Hyde Park Bank; Mary J. Rogel, owner of East Point Associates; Tony Fox, owner of the Harper Theater; Gregory Guttman,(…)

New head of U. of C. schools effort

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer John W. Gasko has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of UChicago Impact, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s (UEI) not-for-profit arm. He will officially begin his role at the Urban Education Institute on Feb. 17. The UEI, which was founded in 2011, has created several(…)

Folkies history this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a presentation on the history of the University of Chicago Folk Festival this weekend. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., and will feature a panel discussion with former U. of C. Folklore(…)