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Grand Opening of Harper Court Gateway for Shop Local

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The new Harper Court is a redevelopment of the former shopping center at the corner of East 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue with the same name. Guided by a community planning effort that began more than a decade ago, the new Harper Court celebrated its official Grand Opening on Friday, November 8, 2013.


See Great Photos of the Grand Opening compliments of CRE810 Media / @TheChiFox


The University of Chicago and the City of Chicago catalyzed the redevelopment, with both sides contributing land and other resources and selecting Harper Court Partners as the developer.


The opening of Harper Court, at 5235 S. Harper Ave., brings a critical mass of new amenities to the main commercial district of Hyde Park, including the recently opened 131-room Hyatt Place hotel, retailers Ulta Cosmetics and Villa shoe store, and a Chipotle Mexican Grill; and soon-to-open LA Fitness center , Red Mango yogurt and smoothie shop, and new locations of locally owned restaurants Porkchop and Ja’Grill.  


The immediate area is also surrounded by successful staples to the community with new additions including new pop up to permanent boutiques Sir & Madame, Independence Chicago, and Comfort Me.


Now is a great time for the community to embrace the Shop Local culture that support these great endeavors and investments by patronizing our local businesses.


Look out for big announcements around the South East Chicago Commission’s commitment to Shop Local.  We have and will continue to support our local small businesses.  

If you have ideas that we should hear, contact us.  The SECC welcomes your ideas and suggestions for any of our business districts within our 5 footprint neighborhoods.

FYI - If you have questions about LA Fitness, please consult LA Fitness directly about membership changes, fees, eligibility and the like.