3750 NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020–MARCH 2020

Important projects are on schedule and it is important to once again bring them to your attention.

The Garden Court Dome Project is scheduled to begin March 23.  The Garden Court will be closed starting March 23 and will remain closed for the duration of the project.  If all progresses as planned, the scaffolding portion of the project will be completed in 3-5 working days.  During this time the pool area will also be closed (estimated closure from March 23-March 27).  The fitness room will remain open however residents will need to use the basement to access the fitness room.  We anticipate the pool will remain open to residents after the scaffolding is erected but certain circumstances may require its closure.  Additional detailed information will be forthcoming.

The Basement Project is underway and will continue for 2 months or possibly longer. Construction will be active 8am-5pm on a daily (weekday) basis and access to the area by all residents is prohibited during these times.  Residents not actually affected by the renovation/reconfiguration project will need to use caution accessing storage areas during non-work hours.

The all-important hot water mixing valves were installed February 26.  Hot water temperatures will now be well controlled systemwide throughout the building.

The Bike Room projects continues – but many bikes remain unregistered.  Rules and regulations require that all bikes be registered on an annual basis.  A deadline date for registration will be advised soon.  After this date, unregistered bikes will be removed from the building.

BEER TASTING

The 2nd Annual 3750 Beer Tasting was a delightful and well-attended success!  Thank you to our genial and informative host, Bruce White, for the many delicious beers and accompaniments, as well as for the valuable knowledge he so generously shared. Let’s do it again!

SPEAKER SERIES

Arrangements for next Speaker Series have been set. Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Chicago will speak on “The Warren Court, Roe v. Wade and the First Amendment” on Sunday, April 5 at 2PM in the Hospitality Room.  Reserve your place early; we expect there to be a great deal of interest in this event.  Contact Steve Grossman (3C) at stevenabogado@msn.com

HUGE THANK YOU!

To Rick Crane and Linda Hall for presenting 3750 the gift of a brand-new rowing machine!! Linda has graciously offered to give a class in how to use it for those who are interested. Please check with Lindsey if you are interested.

A BISTRO CLOSE TO HOME

Chez Moi

2100 N. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60614

773.871.2100

Chez Moi translates, roughly, to ‘my place’ — apt for this cozy, homey spot serving French comfort food like mamma used to make, if your mamma was an accomplished French chef.  Chez Moi features soul-satisfying, rib-sticking classics like Boeuf Bourguignon, French Onion Soup and Cassoulet, has a variety of vegetarian options, as well as an excellent wine list and well-stocked bar. You can expect a warm welcome every time from the friendly staff.

USPS Enhanced Delivery Services & Protections:

To help you secure privacy, the USPS has a system to help you monitor mail pieces.  Should you not be familiar with or subscribed to this option, we are offering the following information:

The U.S. Postal Service is now offering a terrific service: Each delivery day, it will send an email to you containing digital scans of the letter-size mail that will soon arrive at your box or door. The email also details packages that will arrive that day or soon. Now you can cross-check for mail theft or ask someone to pick up a package if you’re away.

How to start: Sign up at informeddelivery.usps.com.

While the specific scams change every day, a common warning sign is a letter asking you to send money or personal information now to receive something of value later.

Some common types of high-risk mail you may receive are:

  • Notices of prizes, sweepstakes winnings, vacations, and other offers to claim valuable items
  • Personal appeals for money or information from people you do not know
  • Letters from psychics or religious figures offering to predict or change your future

Tip: The US Postal Service has a lot of information about different types of mail fraud .

To report suspicious mail, you can file a complaint online  with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can also call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or 1-866-653-4261 (TTY). The FTC cannot resolve individual complaints, but your complaint could help law enforcement detect patterns of fraud and abuse. That may lead to investigations and eliminate unfair practices.

And remember, carefully discard any mail pieces which may potentially contain sensitive information regarding identity, medical records, banking and finance, etc.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

Todd (William H.) Cannon

David Narwich

4B

We finally arrived at 3750 Lake Shore Drive in June 2018. It unfortunately took us a few decades to make the commitment to move from downtown to a building that always intrigued us.  So glad we made the move!

(David) Born and raised in Philadelphia; (Todd) in Southeastern Kansas.

Most memorable vacation?  (David) Trekking to an orangutan sanctuary in Borneo.  But a long and leisurely drive through the small towns and villages of Provence is stiff competition.  High on the list of future destinations are Corsica and Cambodia.

(Todd) A two-week tour of family homes, farms and villages in Germany and Pomerania (now northwest Poland) where my ancestors lived from the 16th to 19th centuries.  A return to the Loire Valley of France and chateaux country is a constant focus for future vacations.

If we could live elsewhere than Chicago?  (David) Paris is the winning location. (Todd) A restored stone country farmhouse in Provence – with massive flower and vegetable gardens.

For the pure pleasure of reading, I (David) gravitate to Lady Antonia Fraser – wonderful mix of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction, P.D. James – intricate and thought-provoking mysteries and Tennessee Williams – for the clever “turn of the phrase”. (Todd) I gravitate toward any British and French historical works of fiction.  And I am always on the search for captivating “noir” mysteries.

If I (David) could manufacture a talent, it would be to master the cello.  Then, I could envision myself center stage playing Dvorák’s Cello Concerto – my absolute favorite piece of classical music.  Regarding vocal music, I never tire of hearing the trio from Act 3 of Der Rosenkavalier.  On a more popular note, I gravitate to the American Songbook as performed by Ella, Peggy, Dinah, Sarah, etc.  No surnames needed!  Favorite concerts?  I (David) will never forget those performed by Barbra (in the early 70s) and Leontyne at the CSO (again, no surnames needed).

(Todd) My ideal talent to acquire would be fluency in Both German and Polish.

I will never forget the thrill of hearing Beverly Sills sing at the Amphitheater outside Boulder, CO in the early 60s.  As for preferred music, I regularly enjoy the Nocturnes, Ballades and Préludes of Chopin.  Favorite vocal artists are Monserrat Caballé, Edith Piaf and Barbara (a different one – this time French- not requiring a surname).

Favorites theaters?  We both are laser-focused on Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Hall (CSO) and Harris Theater (Music of the Baroque – and so much more).

Contrary to the majority of theatergoers, we avoid Broadway musicals.  Perhaps its due to over-amplification?  Opera, and the absence of microphones, is certainly to blame for this contrarian view.

Guilty TV pleasures center on Scandinavian “noir” murder mysteries. “Beck” and “Wallander” are favorites. We will though gladly peruse, Netflix, Amazon, Acorn and MhZ stations for multiple opportunities.  All are subject to binge-watching!!  Period pieces on Masterpiece Theater and the BBC always rate high on the list.  Two which regularly get another “watch” are Brideshead Revisited and Upstairs, Downstairs.

The most famous person I (David) ever actually met is Elizabeth Taylor.  OK, it was a corporate/charity duty – but I admit I was a bit star-struck.  If I could choose a person to meet, I believe it would be Livia, wife of Roman Emperor Augustus.  I attribute this fascination to Siân Phillips, who portrayed Livia, in the excellent TV series “I, Claudius”. Close behind on the list would be Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Roosevelt.

(Todd) I will never forget the Christmas Eve conversations with Marian McPartland during intermission at the Jazz Showcase.  Still miss enjoying the NPR Piano Jazz sessions during Sunday lunch.  Regarding a choice for an individual to actually meet, I will counterbalance David and choose Caesar Augustus.  A casual chat with them both (definitely in separate rooms) about “family” would surely be memorable!

Favorite foods?  (David) All products of fermentation: bread, cheese, wine and beer. “Les Nomades” in Streeterville is an excellent choice to experience all the above in a formal and wonderfully old-fashioned way.

(Todd) My favorite food item is definitely wiener schnitzel. I regularly seek it out at The Berghoff Restaurant downtown.

If I (David) were to choose one other food item I adore, it would be the Vietnamese spring rolls at “Pasteur”.  Enjoyed throughout the years in that restaurant’s many locations – thankfully now in Edgewater.  (Todd) Warm “pain au chocolat” with strong black coffee – an ideal way to start any day.

Thick or thin?   The question one always poses in Chicago.  Definitely thin.

NEWSLETTER REQUEST

Todd Cannon’s historical updates will soon be ending. If you have any personal stories about the building, famous people who have lived here or good old-fashioned gossip from long ago we’d like to publish. Please send your stories to Linda Stern at lakey3750@gmail.com..

3750 THROUGH THE CENTURIES

1925-1926: Planes and Playgrounds

Researched and Written by Todd Cannon, 4B

Despite the success in April 1925 of proving to the public that the strip of land off Grace street could serve as an airplane landing strip on the lake shore, little effort appears to have been made to actually launch any commercial, private or federal mail plane use of the field.

In the spring of 1925, the Lincoln park board continued to await Illinois legislative permission to firmly establish the Grace street field. At the same time, the park board was planning a large athletic field for the “new made” land at Grace street. Meanwhile, the south park board was making plans for two more air fields in Grant Park.

Chicago’s newly created aero commission announced in the summer of 1925 that “airplanes will be zooming along the runways of Chicago’s proposed new island flying field off Grant Park before cold weather sets in next winter….and the field would be ready for exhibition planes at least by the time of the Army-Navy football game, November 27.” (Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, 20 July 1925, p. 10)

On 13 August 1926, President Coolidge and Secretary Hoover approved a new commercial aviation program, which authorized five new passenger, express and mail airways, two spanning the continent, and all with central terminals in Chicago (Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 14 August 1926, p. 2) This program gave added incentive for the city to act quickly to add lakefront airports to the already existing municipal field at 63rd and Cicero avenue. Major P. G. Kemp, chairman of Chicago’s aero commission, urged the city to determine the best spot for a Lincoln park field. The major stated that, in his opinion, “the time is not far away when, if this field is established, residents of the north side will be flying their own planes on and off of it as nonchalantly as they now drive their automobiles along Lake Shore drive…First class passenger planes are already being built that sell for $2,500. A plane of this type can make the trip from Chicago to Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cleveland, and other points 300 or 400 miles away without a stop. It can be operated as economically and just as safely as an automobile and for speed, comfort, and sport, of course, it is immeasurably better.” (Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 14 August 1926, p. 2) Author’s note: adjusted for inflation, $2,500 in 1926 is equivalent to $35,890 in 2020)

Chicago’s future in its natural development as the hub of the nation’s air commerce seemed even more assured when a Chicagoan, William P. McCracken, Jr., was appointed as assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, in charge of civil aviation. Immediately following his appointment, McCracken met with city officials and urged them to begin operation at once on the three proposed airfields: one opposite the loop, one to the south, and one in Lincoln park. Landing fields, McCracken pointed out, “should be essentially what the name implies, not a cluttering of work shops and hangars, which would tend to make ugly a tract of land which should be beautifully kept and as the various park system lawns…Your conspicuous landing fields would almost be a part of the city beautiful plan…and the service fields, where all repairs could be made, should be located on the western edge of the city.” At the same meeting, Chairman Kemp of the aero commission read a letter signifying the cooperation of the Lincoln park commissioners who suggested an island off Grace street for the north side field.” (Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, 24 August 1926, p. 11).  Author’s note: keep in mind that these plans were being formulated as 3750 Sheridan road was being built.

Shortly after this August 1926 meeting, the president of the Lincoln park board (who had been appointed to the new commission by Major Dever), David H. Jackson, decided that “a north side landing field should not be constructed until it is agreed what short of traffic it should accommodate.” Jackson had met with a delegation of north side property owners and real estate developers who protested against the proposal on the grounds that it would destroy the beauty and value of the lake front. Jackson went on to state that if the Lincoln park field were to accommodate only private pleasure planes and mail carriers, it would not be worth while to sacrifice park space for the landing field. He envisioned that the airplane would develop into a valuable carrier of freight and passengers. “If this happened, than a north side field would need to accommodate thousands of passengers to be landed and picked up. They would require large depot buildings and turn the airport into a great commercial center. There would be a tremendous cost of $30,000 an acre to reclaim the land necessary for the (Grace street) island field.” (Chicago Tribune, Thursday, 2 September 1926, p. 2). Author’s note: Adjusted for inflation, $30,000 in 1926 is equivalent to $430,682 in 2020 dollars. Based on an approximate estimate of 65 some acres of reclaimed land needed for the air field off of Adler Planetarium, the 1926 cost of a Grace street island air field would have been about $1,950,000 or nearly $28,000,000 in today’s dollars.

As Chicago made plans for its 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair, the Fair commission began to press for the creation of two lake front airports as part of $200,000,000 in projects which were to be ready by the time the Fair opened. “One of the landing fields would be off-shore, opposite the new park development in the vicinity of 16th street and the other is to be off Grace street.” (Chicago Tribune, Monday, 19 December 1927, p. 17)

Nearly two years late, at the end of 1929, nothing had been accomplished in terms of constructing the lake front landing fields. Col. Paul M. Henderson, president of the American Air Transport Association, stated that “air companies operating out of the Municipal landing field (at 63rd street and Cicero avenue) will soon be forced to move elsewhere unless something is done to solve Chicago’s airport problem…Two lake front airports, the second to be located on the north side, will be needed to accommodate air traffic, besides several outlying air fields. He criticized the Chicago city council for what he termed the indifference to the needs of the city for air transportation and declared that the carrying of passenger at the airport has become dangerous because of congested traffic. (Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, 3 April 1929, p. 19)

As funds for lake front airport disappeared under the cloud of the Great Depression, new ideas surfaced in 1931 among fifty aviation leaders and city planners who met to give their views on various proposals on the subject. Those present agreed that because of the city’s financial difficulties, no new city-built airport could be constructed in the next five years. A temporary field to be used only until after the close of the 1933 World’s Fair would be made by converting to a landing field the plot of newly made land in Lake Michigan opposite Montrose avenue. The Lincoln park commissioners, however, made it known that they would refuse any project to place an air field within the boundaries of the park. The public hearing was held by the Lake Front Airport committee of the Chicago aero commission. The final word of the commission was that “there was very little public interest in aviation.” (Chicago Tribune, Friday, 19 June 1931, p. 11)

Finally two years later in 1933, plans for a lake front airport were completed by the Chicago plan commission and Mayor Kelly. As part of a federal government 3 billion dollar public works program, the city planned to apply for a grant of $6,000,000 to build an island airport in harbor district no 2, directly east of the Adler Planetarium. (Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 1 July 1933, p. 4) The Great Depression put repeated plans for the airport on hold. Although the Chicago city council and the state legislature passed a resolution to build the airport, the poor economy of the 1930’s followed by World War II ensured that no new progress was made. Construction of the new south side lake front field finally began in 1946 and opened 10 December 1948 some twenty-three years after the Grace street experiment in 1925.

As construction of 3750 Sheridan road began in 1926, a number of events actually did take place directly across the street on the newly reclaimed lake front land.

In the summer of 1926, the Lincoln park district erected a very large arena on the lakefront between Grace street and Waveland avenue. This Lincoln Park arena was to accommodate thousands of spectators for the great two-week long spectacle “Spirit of 1776”, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of American Independence. “As a curtain raiser, there are the stars of the circus world in three rings out in front of the pageant settings and provide thrills aplenty. ..Then come the beautifully staged episodes portraying the struggle for American independence, and the battle between the Americans and the British forces, which resolves itself early into the fireworks spectacle.” (Chicago Tribune, Monday, 19 July 1926, p. 17) A cast of 1,000 actors portrayed scenes of Boston and the old harbor, the “tea party”, with the band of patriots dressed as Indians; Paul Revere’s ride; the Old North Church; Betsy Ross and the first flag; various scenes during the revolution and the surrender of Cornwallis. (Chicago Tribune, Friday, 9 July 1926, p. 33)

Concluding the 1776 spectacle were the “sky rockets that shattered rainbows, aerial bombs that exploded into fiery chrysanthemums, floating bubbles of crimson and green and yellow; Roman candles spitting balls that materialized into gigantic stars dripping golden sparks, drifting gently back to earth; the Kilkenny cats in blazing caricature—and many more fascinating features of the fireworks display.”

(Chicago Tribune, Monday, 19 July 1926, p. 17)

In addition to the new athletic field created by the park board opposite Grace street, the Lincoln park commission opened a new driving range in the fall of 1926. “The driving tee has been built about 200 yards east of Sheridan road, midway between the extensions into the park of Grace street and Waveland avenue. The tee is 150 yards north of Waveland avenue.” The city sponsored a driving contest which drew 250 amateur golfers. Of great interest was the fact that two female golfers were entered in the contest! (Chicago Tribune, Sunday, 17 October 1926, p. 33)

Closing out the 1926 year across from 3750, the Lincoln park commissioners had constructed what was called the world’s largest artificial ice skating rink. Located on new park land just east of Sheridan road between Grace street and Waveland avenue, the rink accommodated 4,000 to 5,000 skaters at one time. Water depth was three feet. “A warming shelter, erected at the edge of the rink, had a capacity of 600 skaters. Benches have also been placed around the pond. (Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 12 December 1926, p. 23).

Park and playground officials declared that 25 December 1926 “saw the largest turnout of skaters on a Christmas day. “School boys, wobbly on new gift skates; athletic youths swinging along with bold swift strides; and lithe, crimson-cheeked girls, mingled in a merry confusion of noise and fun. There were hockey games, contests of speed and skill, fancy tricks and tumbles aplenty.” (Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 26 December 1926, p. 2)

 

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