News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Lenora Austin

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce on the move

Looks like the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is all settled in to its new ground floor office at 5501 South Everett Ave. Well, actually it’s not so new. The Chamber relocated in December, but postponed its open house until last month so that it could accommodate the 70 guests both inside and outdoors. This successful event celebrated the work the Chamber does on behalf of businesses and residents in the 4th and 5th wards.

One of the projects the Chamber of Commerce is watching closely is the effort to redevelop Harper Court and 53rd Street. Though businesses can be found throughout the neighborhood, “53rd Street is still considered downtown Hyde Park,” said Executive Director Lenora Austin. “We want to see a very viable mix of businesses.”

The Chamber has had an ongoing dialogue with University officials since early last year, and is just as eager as residents to see what the new 53rd Street will be like, Austin said.

Visit the Chamber’s website: http://www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org/

Feel free to contact the office if you have questions about city services or local businesses. Also, don’t forget to download or pick up a copy of the Chamber’s Hyde Park Business Directory. http://www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org/businessDirectory.php