News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Aaron Bartels

Harper Court location of NoteworthyNotes to close February 1

The Harper Court location of NoteworthyNotes will close on February 1, 2018, with a store-wide sale beginning Friday, January 5 and continuing throughout the entire month. The gift and stationery store, located at 5231 S. Harper Court, originally opened for business on November 20, 2015.

Cindy Rudman, NoteworthyNotes owner and University of Chicago Booth School of Business alum, launched the business in 2000 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, moving to a storefront location at 3629 N. Halsted Street in Lakeview in 2010. The store has built a following as a source for personalized gifts, invitations and stationery, as well as housewares, bags, and jewelry. The closing of the Hyde Park store will allow Rudman to consolidate operations and focus on the Lakeview location.

Rudman, a former Hyde Park resident said, “The Hyde Park location was a great opportunity to connect with a new customer base, and we’ve enjoyed being a part of the local business community over the past two years. We will miss seeing our customers regularly and hope they will allow us to continue to serve them at our Lakeview store and online.”

“NoteworthyNotes has been a positive addition to Harper Court,” commented Aaron Bartels, Executive Director for UChicago’s Commercial Real Estate Operations group. “The store offered a product line unique to the area and was an active participant in many neighborhood events, such as Hyde Park Holly-Day.”

Vanille Patisserie’s Grand Opening Weekend announced for December 1-3, 2017

Harper Court’s Vanille Patisserie officially opens its new Hyde Park location at 5229 S. Harper Court on Friday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and special events and offers all weekend long.

With three existing locations in Chicago including 131 N. Clinton at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop, 2108 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, and 3243 N. Broadway in Lakeview, the expansion to Harper Court brings an authentic French patisserie experience to the Hyde Park community. Vanille Patisserie has been recognized by TimeOut magazine as one of the “16 Best Bakeries” in America.

Offerings include French pastries, signature cakes, macarons, petit fours, sweet and savory croissants, and candies. The patisserie also designs custom wedding cakes and offers catering for breakfast, lunch, and dessert.

Grand opening events include a drawing to win one 24-piece gift box of French macarons each month for one year, as well as free product samples, $1 coffee with a purchase, and other offers. To celebrate the opening of the Hyde Park store, Vanille will hold the Golden Macaron Contest at all four locations from December 1-3. Patrons are invited to visit the store and potentially find one of the ten Golden Macaron to win a $100 gift certificate. A $10 minimum purchase is required, with winners at all locations. Vanille is also participating in the Hyde Park Holly-Day event on Saturday, December 2, with free drop-in cookie decorating from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no reservations required.

December is an especially tantalizing month at the patisserie, with French-inspired desserts including traditional and modern Buche de Noel in a wide variety of traditional and new flavors; petit fours, holiday cookie, and signature macaron trays; and hot chocolate mix with Vanille house-made marshmallows – perfect for last minute hostess gifts. All Vanille Patisserie locations will offer a 10% discount on holiday pre-orders made during the grand opening weekend – consider ordering the special Galette des Rois (King’s Cake), available for pick up December 24 through the end of January.

“We are delighted to open our fourth location and are excited to bring Vanille pastries and desserts to Hyde Park,” said Sophie Evanoff, President, Vanille Patisserie. “We invite customers to relax in our cozy Harper Court cafe savoring the moment to experience our high-quality, French-inspired menu featuring freshly made artisanal French pastries and cakes.”

Evanoff, a classically trained pastry chef from Chicago’s French Pastry School, has been honored with the 2016 Chicagoland Chamber of Business James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award, the first female small business owner to receive the honor. A dedicated and active entrepreneur, Evanoff is also an alumna from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program.

“Vanille Patisserie will bring a distinctive, new amenity to Hyde Park,” said Aaron Bartels, Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate Operations for the University. “Local residents will be able to enjoy both morning pastries and custom-created desserts prepared by classically trained French pastry chefs without leaving the mid-South Side.”

The Harper Court location hours are Sunday-Thursday from 7 a.m – 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.