Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A precinct that was voted dry in the 1990s has created a snag for an upscale Japanese restaurant intending to open up in Hyde Park. Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges wasn’t aware that the sale of liquor was prohibited when he announced plans to bring a second branch of(…)

Harper leased — with no locals

Harper leased — with no locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court’s retail element is almost entirely rented out, nearly 100 percent full including the space at the building being constructed, as well as in the associated projects at the former Borders building and the Harper Theater. The retail presence at the new Harper Court will be almost entirely one(…)

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents, community members, teachers and administrators from schools in Hyde Park gathered together at Kozminski Elementary School Saturday to discuss how they keep their neighborhood schools open. Representatives from schools in Hyde Park, including Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St.; Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St.;(…)

Ray off of CPS closure list

Ray off of CPS closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released a list of 129 schools last week that are being considered for closure. Ray Elementary School was removed after showing up on an initial list, but the fate of three other Hyde Park schools is still hanging in the balance. Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark(…)

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Court Theater is moving its rehearsal space from the second story of an old taxicab house to an 8,000-square-foot building that will better mimic their stage and accommodate its costume shop. The former State Farm building on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will be part of the(…)

Locals protest school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) School Utilization hearing for the Mid-South area of the city took place Monday, Feb. 4. The Commission on School Utilization, formed by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, heard testimonies from those representing elementary schools in the area. A large crowd of teachers, principals and parents(…)

Locals release housing study

By LINDSAY WELBERS and ANDREW HOLZMAN Staff Writer and Herald Intern A low-income family with two children will have a heck of a time finding an apartment to rent in Hyde Park. The Coalition for Equitable Community Development released the “Hyde Park-South Kenwood Affordable Rental Housing Market Study” on Saturday at its annual meeting. The(…)

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected. Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between(…)