Other Hyde Park highlights of 2012

Staff Writer

Hyde Park Village

The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) has been hosting luncheons and other strategy meetings in order to build up services for senior citizens in the neighborhood.
CHPV has a 10-member steering committee, is seeking 501 c (3) not-for-profit status and is looking for volunteers and a permanent location for its gatherings. At the close of the year, the Village’s first board was elected.

For more information visit chpv.org.


The Network of Woodlawn (NOW) and Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community (WCPC) invite Woodlawn residents and stakeholders to a meeting in November to discuss the future of the neighborhood.

The meeting, which focused on education, was the first of a series of meetings for the community.

In 2010, NOW partnered with the University of Chicago’s School of Social Work Administration (SSA) and a host of smaller community-based programs to form the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Zone (WPCZ) and correlated nine Woodlawn area public and charter schools and streamline them with day care and housing, healthcare and other social service programs in anticipation of receiving a federally-funded Promise Neighborhood Grant.

When the group found out it was not awarded the grant, talks and plans for WPCZ, now called the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, slowed down.

In current talks NOW is creating an independent initiative without the university and is seeking input from educators, community members and business leaders on how to move forward.

In future meetings the groups will address the topics of economic and community development; safety; and health and human services.


The South Side Hub of Production (ShoP), which was located at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave., held a closing party in December in its preparation of leaving Fenn house. The First Unitarian Church sold the property, which will now be dedicated to private use.

The three story building built in 1952 has in the past housed classes for the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and the headquarters for the now defunct Blue Gargoyle, a neighborhood literacy tutoring and mentoring program. The space had, since Sept. 24 of last year, set the stage for ShoP’s myriad concerts, meditation sessions, and potluck dinners.

Though First Unitarian ultimately decided to lease the space to SHoP for a year, its time in the building was eventually extended to the end of 2012. It is unclear exactly where the organization will move or when, but the organization is seeking out new locations in Hyde Park.

Assistant to the Editor Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: See “Fenn House sale” in the real estate year in review for more on the property.