During this week’s TIF meeting, University of Chicago officials provided an update of revitalization efforts along 53rd Street.
Associate Vice President Susan Campbell of the Office of Civic Engagement shared plans for signage that will appear in the area, in addition to the sign that is currently placed in the soon-to-be residence of Five Guys Burgers & Fries restaurant.
The signs highlight the new businesses that will open on 53rd Street, including Five Guys, Clarke’s 24-hour diner, the new Harper Theater and Harper Court as well as the ongoing Celebrate Hyde Park Festivals. Take a look.
Campbell also shared that the University has a contract to purchase the former Borders building.
“That building is a key presence on the eastern end of 53rd Street, and the University believes that bringing it back to life with a successful business is central to the community’s efforts to revitalize the corridor.”
Campbell added that the University expects to complete the purchase this month and will seek tenants who can contribute to the community and help move forward revitalization efforts along 53rd Street.
Stay tuned! More updates are forthcoming in the next few weeks.