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It’s anchored by UChicago and the Museum of Science and Industry, but Hyde Park is most commonly known as the second home of President Obama. (It’s where he comes when the White House is being fumigated.) Now it has something more: development buzz.

Mixed-use project Harper Court, located at the corner of 53rd and Lake Park, is being developed by a public/private partnership among UChicago, the City, Vermilion Development, and JFJ Development (Vermilion managing director Chris Dillion is snapped there, above). Tenants will include LA Fitness, ULTA Beauty, Chipotle, and others in 75k SF of retail. (Work out, get a facial, eat a burrito… Look out apple pie and baseball: This is America.) UChicago and Hyatt will complete the development, adding 150k SF of office space and 131 hotel rooms, respectively. The Harper Court project is also affiliated with several UChicago projects running down 53rd Street and the nearby Harper Theater.

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