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7 Things About Fiber Optics Coming to Hyde Park
Mar 2014 | CEI Media Group

Public notice of upcoming construction project on 53rd St from 5235 S. Harper Ct. to 1463 E. 53rd St. for the University of Chicago. The project consists of excavating a trench 600 feet long by 1.5 feet wide on the north side of 53rd St. and installing a conduit for the installation of new fiber optic cable. The project is estimated to take 22 days

Spring Cleaning Your Car
Mar 2014 | CEI Media Group

Time to clean your car. The salt and dirt of winter wears down the paint on your car and you end up wearing every time you brush up against it. Where is the nearest car wash in the Hyde Park area?

Grand Opening for Native Foods Cafe in Hyde Park
Mar 2014 | CEI Media Group

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting for Native Foods Café, who will open its Hyde Park Chicago location at 1518 E. Harper Court this Friday March 7th at 12:30p.m.

UChicago Police Presence on 53rd Street
Dec 2013 | CEI Media Group

Early last month a building permit was issued for a $210,000 renovation project at 1411 E. 53rd St that would bring the University of Chicago Police Department to the former Dunkin’ Donuts location on 53rd. Renovations will include alterations to the first for to provide office space for UCPD. This office will not act as a police station.

LA Fitness Club Opens on Lake Park
Dec 2013 | CEI Media Group

Event: Saturday, December 14th the new LA Fitness Signature Club celebrates the Grand Opening from 10 am - 6pm at the new Harper Court. 5224 S. Lake Park Ave. The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) invites you to take a Club Tour, enjoy a complimentary workout and witness the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Grand Opening of Harper Court Gateway for Shop Local
Nov 2013 | CEI Media Group

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. The South East Chicago Commission supports local small businesses on 53rd Street and seeks to galvanize the community to shop locally in all of its business districts.

Harper Court Invites Community to Grand Opening
Nov 2013 | CEI Media Group

Event: The grand opening for Harper Court is scheduled for this Friday November 8th, 2013 with a ribbon cutting in the morning and a community celebration in the evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This event will feature a concert by Grammy Award winning artist Estelle. Performances are also in the works by local DJs, and the Kenwood Marching Band, among others. Food trucks on the surface of Harper Court will showcase some of the food to come, as well as other Hyde Park favorites.

53rd Street Hyde Park Traffic Study
Oct 2013 | CEI Media Group

The South East Chicago Commission has begun a study to determine what the developments along 53rd Street and in the neighborhood overall will do to the traffic in Hyde Park. SECC executive director Wendy Walker Williams said the study came as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops. Traffic, parking and congestion are a major concern for many Hyde Parkers and often cited as reasons against plans for new businesses, construction or economic development.