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Announcing the Harper Court Grand Opening Celebration, Friday, November 8

11/02/2013 - Announcing a grand opening celebration for Harper Court, featuring Grammy Award winning artist Estelle and DJ Dave Henry. Sample offerings from the newest retailers and restaurants coming to Harper Court along with local favorites. READ MORE >>

ULI Case Studies: Harper Court

11/01/2013 - Harper Court is a mixed-use project with a story that involves a young developer, a university, urban revitalization, pedestrian-friendly design, and sustainable development. READ MORE >>

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center Celebrates Official Opening

09/17/2013 - Hyatt Hotels Corporation and SMART Hotels/Olympia Chicago LLC today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, the first newly built hotel to open in Hyde Park in 50 years. On the heels of June’s opening of Hyatt Place Chicago/River North, this marks the brand’s second location in the city. READ MORE >>

Hyatt Place opening brings new hotel to Hyde Park

09/17/2013 - A colorful new Hyatt Place hotel opened near the corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue on Sept. 17, adding an essential hospitality destination to Hyde Park’s flourishing commercial district. READ MORE >>

Matthias Merges, and why the U. of C. wants you to eat in Hyde Park

09/12/2013 - You've probably seen the news all over fall roundup and coming-soon restaurant pieces: Matthias Merges, who in the last two years has opened Logan Square hot spots Yusho (technically Avondale, but close enough) and Billy Sunday, will launch a second front in Hyde Park with the opening of A10 next month, to be followed around the end of the year by a second Yusho. READ MORE >>

First retailers, public parking open at Harper Court

09/03/2013 - Retail activity is now underway at the new Harper Court, with athletic shoe retailer Villa and the AT&T store opening quietly over the Labor Day holiday weekend. READ MORE >>

A game-changer for Hyde Park

08/22/2013 - More than five years in the making, the Harper Court mixed-use development is just about ready for its first shoppers, hotel guests and office workers. READ MORE >>

Hyde Park, Inc.

07/01/2013 - When Trushar Patel opened Rajun Cajun in a small storefront on East 53rd Street 22 years ago, it was one of the South Side's first Indian restaurants. Since then, his neighborhood, Hyde Park-Kenwood, has experienced many firsts, chief among them the election of Barack Obama, a local homeowner, as president of the United States. This year, Patel has had a front-row view of the largest urban redevelopment efforts the neighborhood has ever seen, ushering in brand-name chain shops including Akira, Five Guys and, soon, Whole Foods. READ MORE >>

Harper Court Achieves Substantial Completion

06/10/2013 - The Harper Court project has reached an important milestone: Substantial Completion. This milestone marks the point during construction when James McHugh Construction Co., the project contractor, is prepared to turn the property over to the tenants for the commencement of interior work. READ MORE >>

Harper Court signs four more

06/04/2013 - The Harper Court project reports new tenants including Red Mango, AT&T Wireless, Porkchop and VILLA via Crain's Chicago Business. READ MORE >>

CDOT Street Improvements on Harper Avenue

04/09/2013 - Construction crews started work on a new CDOT Street Improvement Project on Harper Avenue, from 52nd Street to 53rd Street. Harper Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for a period of approximately 45 calendar days. READ MORE >>

Porkchop Joins Harper Court

03/22/2013 - Porkchop, a premier barbecue restaurant and whiskey bar in Chicago’s West Loop, has signed a lease to open a second location at Harper Court in Hyde Park. Harper Court Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Vermilion Development and JFJ Development Company, recently executed a 2,500-square-foot retail lease with Porkchop for the project’s first floor. READ MORE >>

Now Playing at Harper Theater: 53rd Street

02/26/2013 - The Harper Theater recently added a new trailer to its lineup of preview clips: a promo inviting moviegoers to explore 53rd Street. READ MORE >>

Community Discussion on 53rd Street Continues

01/16/2013 - This month, the South East Chicago Commission in partnership with the University of Chicago will conduct phone surveys and host informal meetings to continue gathering community input on the ongoing development on 53rd Street. These steps follow visioning workshops that have already helped shape the redevelopment of Harper Court and generated ideas for future development. READ MORE >>

Harper Theater to open Friday, January 18

01/16/2013 - The historic Harper Theater re-opens this Friday, January 18, showing Les Misérables, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. READ MORE >>

CorePower Yoga Deal Fills Former Borders Building

11/27/2012 - CorePower Yoga, which offers yoga classes for beginners to advanced students, has signed a lease with the University of Chicago for 4,347 square feet of space in the building at 1539 E. 53rd Street. CorePower Yoga expects to open the new location in mid-2013. The agreement brings the building, which previously housed a Borders Books and Music store, to 100% leased. READ MORE >>

Harper Court Achieves LEED-ND Gold Designation

11/15/2012 - Harper Court, a major, mixed-use development in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, has earned one of the highest ratings in the nation for sustainable neighborhood design and building.  The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the project a LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold rating – making Harper Court the highest LEED-rated project of its kind in the State of Illinois and among the top in the country. READ MORE >>

University of Chicago Works on Its Neighborhood

10/23/2012 - The University of Chicago is midway through what it characterizes as a "once in a generation" community redevelopment effort aimed at revitalizing 53rd Street, a blighted retail district several blocks north of its historic Hyde Park campus. The $250 million project includes Harper Court, a new 600,000-square-foot, mixed-use project at the corner of 53rd Street and South Lake Park Avenue, along with the renovation and restoration of the adjacent Harper Theater complex, which consists of a long-closed historic movie theater as well as retail and office space. READ MORE >>

ULTA Beauty to Join Harper Court

10/18/2012 - ULTA Beauty, the largest beauty retailer of its kind in the United States, will open in Harper Court in 2013. Harper Court Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Vermilion Development and JFJ Development Company, recently executed the lease with ULTA Beauty for 8,890 square feet on the project’s first floor. READ MORE >>

Matthias Merges Opening Two Restaurants in Hyde Park, Including a Scaled-Down Yusho, in 2013

10/12/2012 - Last month word came that the team behind Longman & Eagle would open the Promontory in Hyde Park. Now the South Side restaurant expansion continues with news that former Charlie Trotter's chef de cuisine and owner of celebrated Logan Square spot Yusho Matthias Merges will open not one, but two restaurants in Hyde Park in 2013, including a scaled-down version of Yusho. READ MORE >>

Development project on 53rd adds music venue to roster

10/09/2012 - Multiple restaurants and music venues are coming to Harper Court and the surrounding area, which has already added a Five Guys and Clarke's, among other stores to come. READ MORE >>

Plans for music club, restored theater bring a spark to Hyde Park

09/30/2012 - In music, timing is everything.  And the Promontory concert hall, bar and restaurant is picking the right time to open in Hyde Park.  Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, owners of the restaurant Longman & Eagle, plan to open the venue in early 2013 at 1539 E. 53rd St. Finkelman (Empty Bottle, Beauty Bar) and Golden (S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, Union) are two of the first business owners to be involved with the 53rd Street revitalization project. READ MORE >>

The Chicago Maroon O-Issue 2012: Harper Court and 53rd Street Development

09/26/2012 - Businesses are springing up all over 53rd Street, bringing some amenities to Hyde Park for the first time. READ MORE >>

Harper Court Tops Off, Secures New Tenants

09/18/2012 - The Harper Court project topped off this week as the James McHugh Construction Co. completed the final concrete pour on the project’s 12-story office tower, anchored by the University of Chicago. The symbolic milestone comes as Harper Court Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Vermilion Development and JFJ Development Company, has recently executed nearly 10,000 square feet of additional retail leases for the project’s first floor. READ MORE >>

Longman & Eagle Team Opening The Promontory in Hyde Park in Early 2013

09/11/2012 - Hyde Park is about to get a shot in the arm when the Promontory, a new restaurant, bar and concert venue, opens in early 2013. Even more exciting is the team behind the project: Longman & Eagle owners Bruce Finkelman (Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe), Craig Golden (Evanston's Space and Union Pizza) and chef Jared Wentworth will helm the kitchen. READ MORE >>

Aldermen OK $5.2M for Hyde Park hotel

06/06/2012 - Aldermen approved Wednesday up to $5.2 million in subsidies for a 131-room hotel in Hyde Park. The $28.6 million project at the northeast corner of Harper Avenue and East 52nd Place will be developed by Smart Hotels LLC and The Olympia Companies. It will managed by SHG Chicago LLC under a under a franchise deal with an affiliate of Hyatt. READ MORE >>

Hyde Park = Bike Park

06/02/2012 - 53rd Street is a commercial strip rapidly being transformed. And nowhere is it more obvious than at the busy intersection at Lake Park where new projects inhabit the three corners adjacent to a busy Metra Stop. READ MORE >>

Renovation work begins for AKIRA site

05/31/2012 - “Coming Soon” signs recently went up at the building that once housed Borders Books and Music, announcing that the flagship store for fashion retailer Akira is on its way to 53rd Street. READ MORE >>

High School Architecture Students Visit Harper Court

05/21/2012 - Two construction sites on 53rd Street served as an extended classroom last week for 30 students from King College Prep High School. The students, from the school’s Architecture and Engineering class, donned hard hats to tour the Harper Court development and The New 400 Theaters site. READ MORE >>

Developing story

05/11/2012 - A University-subsidized project gives Hyde Park’s Harper Court a new lease on life. Hints of the changes to come are already evident at the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue. In November construction began on the University-subsidized plan to redefine Harper Court and make the area a shopping, dining, and entertainment hub. When completed in late 2013, the $130-plus million 3.3-acre Harper Court project will include a 131-room Hyatt Place hotel, an LA Fitness health club, and a 150,000-square-foot University office building. READ MORE >>

Chipotle to Join Harper Court

04/24/2012 - Chipotle Mexican Grill will join LA Fitness, Hyatt Place Hotel and the University of Chicago in the new Harper Court development, set to open in 2013. The Hyde Park location will be Chipotle’s second location on Chicago’s South Side. As a lead tenant in the new Harper Court, a major, mixed-use project anchoring the redevelopment of Hyde Park’s 53rd Street, Chipotle adds a new flavor to a growing roster of dining options in the neighborhood. In a recent survey, University of Chicago students singled out Chipotle as a restaurant they wanted in the neighborhood. READ MORE >>

Hyde Park residents drive new anchor development

03/22/2012 - Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth. The MPC was instrumental in facilitating the 53rd Street Vision Workshop, a year-long community process that shaped the redevelopment.  Through the MPC's Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) the Harper Court project is turning community input into reality. READ MORE >>

CMIG releases video on the Harper Court groundbreaking ceremony

03/15/2012 - University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, Commissioner of Housing and Economic Development Andrew Mooney and 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns joined the Harper Court Partners, LLC team on Nov. 16 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the major new mixed-used development project in Hyde Park. READ MORE >>

Changes coming to Hyde Park

02/11/2012 - After more than a decade of planning, change is finally tangible along Hyde Park's East 53rd Street corridor. Buildings have been renovated, a few restaurants have opened, and a site has been cleared for a hotel and 12-story office tower to be built on land owned by the University of Chicago. READ MORE >>

Construction Update

12/19/2011 - The past month of construction activity has included construction coordination efforts and the drilling of caissons. Also, on December 7, 2011, 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, the South East Chicago Commission and the Hyde Park Chamber were instrumental in gathering local businesses and residents for a community meeting relating to the project’s construction. Harper Court Partners, LLC and representatives from the James McHugh Construction Co. addressed concerns relating to the opening of Harper Avenue and parking along 53rd Street. READ MORE >>

Academics of Real Estate

11/30/2011 - Across the U.S., new development projects are in short supply, given a cautious sentiment among lenders and investors. Yet, in Chicago's Hyde Park, construction recently began on one of the South Side neighborhood's largest real-estate projects in decades, a $134 million retail, office and hotel development. What's the secret? Academia. READ MORE >>

Positively 53rd Street

11/29/2011 - The Harper Court development promises some additions that would be normal for any college area—a movie theater, hotel, and 24-hour diner, just to name a few. But what's unique about the project isn't just that it centralizes all of these necessities; it's bringing them all to Hyde Park for the first time. READ MORE >>

Jobs, Open Thoroughfare Headed to Harper Court

11/28/2011 - Here's the good news about the job market: nearly 1,000 jobs are headed to Hyde Park, and more specifically 53rd Street thanks to the University of Chicago. READ MORE >>

Groundbreaking Event Celebrates Construction on New Harper Court

11/16/2011 - The groundbreaking marked the official beginning of construction on the 3.3-acre Harper Court site, which will become home to a 150,000-square-foot office tower, a three-story retail building, a hotel, and new retail and dining options along with other amenities. Construction on that phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2013. READ MORE >>

Canyon-Johnson Teams With JV for Hyde Park Project

10/31/2011 - Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds and a joint venture between Vermilion Development, Inc. and JFJ Development will work together on a $106 million redevelopment of the mixed-use Harper Court in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  READ MORE >>

Work Begins on Clarke's 24-Hour Diner

10/04/2011 - Construction has begun on the home of the soon-to-be Clarke’s restaurant. READ MORE >>

Harper Court Partners Hosts Conference and Job Fair

09/08/2011 - Harper Court Partners, LLC, the team that is redeveloping Harper Court, is hosting a conference for minority- and women-owned businesses and local contractors next Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. READ MORE >>

Five Guys Opening This Monday

09/01/2011 - Save the date for Monday, Sept. 5 when Five Guys will open in Hyde Park. Starting at 11 a.m., hamburger lovers are invited to visit the popular restaurant. The tentative daily hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week.  READ MORE >>

Harper Court Hotel Design Tweaked

08/24/2011 - In response to criticism from the community, the developers of the new Hyatt Place Hotel at Harper Court presented some new renderings to the Chicago Plan Commission last week. READ MORE >>

Progress Continues for Five Guys

08/23/2011 - With new signage and the scaffolding recently removed from the soon-to-be home for the first-ever Five Guys restaurant in Hyde Park, the renovation is nearing completion. READ MORE >>

Change Coming to Hyde Park

08/10/2011 - The University announced plans to revitalize commercial activity along its 53rd street corridor in 2008 with a project called Harper Court, Antheus revealed plans for its own 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development, City Hyde Park, at 51st Street and South Harper Avenue. READ MORE >>

LA Fitness & University of Chicago Join Harper Court as Anchor Tenants

08/10/2011 - Harper Court Partners, LLC recently announced that LA Fitness and the University of Chicago will become anchor tenants in the new Harper Court. Harper Court is expected to debut in 2013. READ MORE >>

LA Fitness To Anchor Harper Court; New Renderings Revealed

08/08/2011 - A couple of end-of-day updates on the Harper Court redevelopment project in Hyde Park. The latest renderings from the first phase are revealed, and LA Fitness will fill roughly 46 percent of the retail in Phase 1. READ MORE >>

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