Merges’ A10 restaurant to open Nov. 5

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Matthias Merges’ has confirmed that his new Hyde Park restaurant, A10, will open Tuesday, Nov. 5., at 1462 E. 53rd St. Chef John Vermiglio will oversee the northern Italian-themed restaurant. Vermiglio is also chef de cuisine at Merges’ Logan Square brunch restaurant, Billy Sunday. A10 will include high-end(…)

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

By Joseph Phillips Sports Reporter After a tough road loss to Englewood-Urban Prep last week at Gately Stadium, the Kenwood Academy Broncos would return to the field on Friday night against the DuSable Panthers with one thing on their mind: “A win,” said Broncos Head Coach Darnell Jones. “We need this one, we need this(…)

New Lab annex opens doors

New Lab annex opens doors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The nursery through primary school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are settling into the newly-built Earl Shapiro Hall. The school was built from the ground up with pre-K through 2nd graders in mind. Staff and faculty at the school, which was named after 1956 Lab school(…)

DuSable screening “’63 Boycott”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host a screening and discussion of the documentary “’63 Boycott,” Tuesday, Oct. 22, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the boycott against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overcrowding. Gordon Quinn, director of the project, is still searching for past CPS students who(…)

Ald. Hairston seeks to avoid new high-rise bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) wants to exempt residential buildings from an ordinance that would require all very large buildings to make their energy consumption data public. The ordinance, which passed City Council last month, currently requires all buildings more than 50,000 square feet to publicly report their energy use data(…)

U. of C. unveils incubator

U. of C. unveils incubator

By JEFFREY BISHKU AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hoping to spur entrepreneurship on campus, University of Chicago representatives unveiled plans last week for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue by late 2014. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer(…)

Vue53 developer gives update

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jim Hansen, principal at Mesa Development, declined to comment on a lawsuit filed by four Hyde Parkers to stop construction of the 13-story tower Vue 53. Mesa Development was not named as a party on the lawsuit. “I think this is America. We have a process to adjudicate these things(…)

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago wants more homegrown startups. Hoping to foster cooperation between U. of C. affiliates and entrepreneurs, university representatives unveiled Friday plans for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.(…)

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Master curator and bibliophile Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, will retire from his self-described “dream job” at the top academic bookstore Sunday, more than 40 years after he began work there as a part-time employee. “It’s been a spectacular life. I’ve gotten to know(…)

Demo to begin for City HP

Demo to begin for City HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old buildings at the Village Shopping Center should be demolished in coming weeks. Peter Cassel, director of community development for Antheus Capital, told the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council on Monday, Sept. 30, that the buildings should be gone by the end of the year. Construction on the 17-story(…)

Auto break-in suspects apprehended

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department arrested two men in separate incidents relating to the string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks in Hyde Park. One man was arrested on the 5400 block of Ridgewood Court and another arrested on the 4900 block of Greenwood Avenue on Oct. 2. Both(…)

Hyde Park parents criticize CPS’s 10-year plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents in Hyde Park who reviewed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) final version of its 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan said their concerns were not addressed. In July CPS sent Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for CPS, to Hyde Park with its first draft of the Educational Facilities Master Plan.(…)

Police search for assailant

Police search for assailant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the 5900 block of Cornell Avenue. During the assault, which occurred on the edge of Jackson Park at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday Oct., 1, a man was walking down the street with his genitals exposed when he(…)

Suit filed over Vue53 site

Suit filed over Vue53 site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of(…)

Car break-ins plague locals

Car break-ins plague locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Car break-ins in Hyde Park in September were up almost three times over the same period last year, Chicago Police said. Officer Jose Estrada, spokesman for Chicago Police News Affairs, said in 2012 Hyde Park had 13 reported car break-ins from Sept. 1 through Sept. 27. During the same time(…)

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is seeking donations to send its final 8th grade class to Washington, D.C., in the spring. “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schools voted to(…)

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer William Burke, recent graduate of Ray Elementary School, will star in a production of “Lord of the Flies” in Steppenwolf Theater’s Young Adults 2013-2014 series. Burke, 14, will play the character Bill in the production, which tells the story of a group of English boys stranded on a deserted(…)

Jack Cella retires

Jack Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Seminary Co-op Bookstore General Manager Jack Cella will be retiring Sunday, Oct. 13, after more than forty years at the store, now located at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Seminary Co-op Board of Directors Chair Bill Gerstein and Vice Chair Art Sussman revealed the news to bookstore members in(…)

Antheus to demolish greystones

Antheus to demolish greystones

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Three long-unoccupied greystone buildings near the developments along Harper Avenue and 52nd Street will be demolished and replaced with a parking lot. Peter Cassel, spokesman with Antheus Property, said they bought the three greystones in 5110 and 5114 S. Harper Ave. in 2008 as a defensive move, “when it was(…)

Residents file suit against Vue53 rezoning

Residents file suit against Vue53 rezoning

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of Cook County to “challenge(…)