3750 NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2019

REMINDERS –

Laundry Room – New 8 year agreement has been signed.  The Laundry Room is expected to be out of commission from Thursday, May 9, through the afternoon of Tuesday, May 14.  New cards will be available on Monday, May 6th, from the Lake Shore Doorman. A separate communication will be distributed later this week with details.

Insurance – Please make sure to forward a copy of your homeowner insurance to Lindsey when it comes time for renewal.

Shred Day – is Saturday, June 1, from 10AM-12N.  Shred truck will be at the back entrance of the building.

Air Conditioning Inspection – Forms are due by June 30th.  Inspections are required each year for central and installed window ac’s.  Please have the person doing your inspection leave the completed form with Drago.

Fire Escapes – Are to be used for emergency access only.  Doors are not to be propped open and smoking on the fire escape is strictly prohibited.  No exceptions please, per the Chicago Fire Department.

OF NOTE:  James Cappleman who ran against Marianne Lalonde officially won the Aldermanic runoff election by only 25 votes! Our votes count.

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS –

From Denise Stein – 4C

TAC Quick Thai Kitchen at 1011 Irving Park Road.  Pretty good, and even better for take out.  

Longacre for square pizza!  1303 W. Wilson.  Open Wednesday-Saturday

From Jerry Hocker – 10B

Tutto Fresco – an old neighborhood favorite which has relocated to 2901 Ashland Ave.  Italian traditional.  $$

Yoshi’s Cafe – 3257 N. Halsted – Creative menu – beautiful presentation – delicious food.  Asian/French $$$$

Claire Heideman – 14G

Band of Bohemia – Michelin star, creative funky menu with its own brewery and a good wine list.  4710 N. Ravenswood

Gemini at 2075 N. Lincoln with upscale comfort food and an outdoor terrace.

GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

Alice and Steve Ginsburgh – 4A

How long have you lived at 3750?  

4 Years

Where were you born?

Alice – Harrisburg, PA

Steve – Chicago

Where did you grow up?

Alice – Harrisburg, PA

Steve – Chicago

What was your favorite vacation?

Alice – That’s a tough one because we’ve had so many great and different trips.  I think it’s a toss up between the Alaska/Montana trip we took in 1990 as a family with our son Mitchell and Steve’s parents and Steve’s and my first trip to Israel in 2008.

Steve – Israel 2008 and the Christian tour of Israel in 2013.

Where would you like to go that you have never been?

Alice – To the North Cape to see the Northern Lights; Scotland, Angkor Wat and maybe Borabudur in Indonesia.  We have never been to Japan or New Zealand, but have plans to visit Japan in June and new Zealand in 2020.

Steve – The Ukraine on an ancestral trip.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Alice – To be able to draw or to be able to cook gourmet.

Steve – Speaking a foreign language.

What is your most treasured possession?

Alice – The 40th anniversary ring Steve had designed for me ; the concrete core from the first building of the synagogue in Arlington, TX which Steve and I were privileged to help found.

Steve – My baseball glove acquired 1970.

What city would you like to live in if you didn’t live in Chicago?

Alice – Haifa, Israel

Steve – Dallas/Ft. Worth

Who is the famous person, living or dead, you would most like to meet?

Alice – David Ben-Gurian

Steve – Jack Benny (my fourth cousin)

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Alice – JFK

Steve – Chuck Norris, actor

What was your favorite concert?

Alice – It’s a toss up between Itzhak Perlman/Yo Yo Ma at the Meyerson in Dallas in the 1990’s and the Fifth Dimension in St. Louis in Spring, 1970.

Steve – The Association (first McCormick Place in 1966)

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would that be?

Alice – Pasta!

Steve – Chicago natural casing hot dogs “run through the garden”.

Thanks to Todd Cannon (4B) for his great work on the early history of 3750. See below.

3750 Lake Shore Drive – Through the Centuries

               Whenever the history of 3750 Lake Shore Drive surfaces, the year 1926 automatically appears.

     While this particular year is understandably significant since it represents the first time residents could actually call the address “home”, the roots of the building actually date back to 1853!

     The following information offers a timeline and activity resume detailing the “birth” of the building we all fortunately now call home. It is a rich and interesting history that continues through the centuries and persists today.

      In 1853, James H. Rees, a prominent Chicago surveyor, real estate innovator, drafter of one of earliest maps of Chicago, and founder of the first abstract title company in Chicago, and Elisha E. Hundley, then recently arrived from Virginia, purchased from the Canal Trustees 225 acres of lakefront property north of Belmont avenue to develop as a haven for country manors. This acquisition was bounded by land from Grace Street to Addison Street and Evanston Avenue on the west (later North Broadway) and the Lakefront. The subdivision was given the name of Pine Grove, platted and recorded 12 February 1853.

     In that same year Rees and Hundley built the first permanent structure in Hundley’s subdivision. This resort hotel, Lake View House, was located as shown on the 1869 plat map below, on the lakefront between Grace Street and West Byron Street (now West Sheridan Road) directly north of what is now 3750.  Designed as a resort hotel for Chicagoans eager to flee the summer heat, congestion, dirt, and infection (there was a bad cholera outbreak in the city in 1854), Rees used the hotel to pitch nearby lakefront lots to wealthy investors. The main access from Chicago to the hotel was by means of a wooden plank road (The Lake View Plank Road), which is now North Broadway Street.

     The Chicago Tribune reviewed the soon to be opened three-story hotel (Saturday, 17 June 1854, page 3).  Complete with sixty bedrooms, fifteen parlors, a dining hall, a third floor dance hall, verandas on three sides, the hotel had unrestricted access to the lake which was a mere 150 feet away. Grace Street was described as a “broad avenue leading west to the point of intersection of the plank road” which provided access by horse and carriage or regular omnibus transportation to and from the city.

Rees was ready to sell “small blocks south of the hotel” described as “country residences with shady trees, pure air and water, and a beautiful lake view.” The Lake View Hotel survived for thirty-six years until it was torn down about 1890.

1869 Plat Mat showing eastern portion of Hundley’s Subdivision

Hundley died in 1879 and Rees in 1880. Prior to their deaths, blocks along the lakefront in Hundley’s division including numbers 6 (site of the future 3750), 7, and 12 were purchased by Parker R. Mason and brothers Henry and Peter Kohlsaat. In 1881 these new owners also purchased from the Hundley heirs the land extending from the eastern front of these blocks all the way to the lakeshore.

     In 1884 the Town of Lake View filed a lien against Mason and the Kohlsaats to prevent them from continuing to dig and carry away large quantities of sand and gravel from their lake front acreage. The new owners’ claims to this land would soon be contested as the City of Chicago sought to extend Lake Shore Drive north past Belmont.  

      The story is to be continued.

(Researched and submitted by Todd Cannon – 4B)

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