3750 NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2020

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT REDUCTION
As you’ve probably noticed 3750’s special assessments were reduced considerably as of the January 1, 2020 invoice. They will remain this amount through December 2020.

COMCAST BILLING
As you’ve also probably noticed Comcast combined charges for cable and internet have not yet appeared on our assessment invoices. They’ll be coming soon.

FIRSTSERVICE RESIDENTIAL
If you haven’t made a note of it yet Lindsey’s new email address is Lindsey.Schilling@fsresidential.com.

CALL 911! THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 911 AND PRIVATE AMBULANCE SERVICES
When we call 911 we are calling on the city of Chicago to dispatch Emergency Medical Services to assist in life-saving support and medical transport. EMS is a municipal service that is highly regulated, staffed and supervised who will transport patients to the nearest hospital.

There are also private ambulance services which are not connected to 911 and must be called directly. The main purpose of private ambulance services is for transporting and transferring patients to hospitals, nursing homes, special care facilities, rehabilitation facilities and to provide on-call contracted services, in other words, non-emergency services.

In summary, it is best to contact 911 for true emergencies. For non-emergency transport private ambulances are the better choice.
The building owns a wheelchair which can be made available by calling the Lake Shore doorman.

REMINDER NOTICE ON STORAGE UNITS
If your storage unit or units are impacted as part of the upcoming basement construction project please make sure that anything of value and anything that you need to access within the next few months is removed and stored elsewhere.

SOCIAL NOTES
John McCarthy announced that Bruce White will be conducting another “BEER TASTING” at the end of February. Date to be announced. The last beer tasting was a huge success so watch for the announcement of time and place.

The G/H Tier had a wonderful tier party on November 8th thanks to our gracious hostesses Heather Anderson, Sally Balsamo and Anita Binder. Excellent hors d’oeuvres, cold and hot, light and heavy and fabulous desserts, mostly heavy-the best kind! (See photos.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Ann and Michael Harrison – 16D

How long have you lived at 3750? Nearly three years.
Where were you born? Ann: Northern New Jersey Michael: Carshalton (suburb of London, UK)
Where did you grow up? Ann: New Jersey and Highland Park, IL. Michael: Banstead (suburb of London).
What was your favorite vacation? Ann and Michael: A cruise from Bali to Los Angeles.
Where would you like to go that you have never been? Ann: South Africa. Michael: Salzburg. Ann: I HAVE been to Salzburg and I loved it!
Which talent would you most like to have? Ann: Speak a foreign language fluently. Michael: To play the piano well.
What is your most treasured possession? Ann and Michael: Our Persian rug.
What city would you like to live in if you didn’t live in Chicago? Ann: Tel Aviv. Michael: Oxford (UK).
Who is the most famous person, living or dead, you would most like to meet? Ann: Leonard Bernstein. Michael: Richard Feynman.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met? Ann: Julia Child, Zubin Mehta. Michael: Linus Pauling.
What was your favorite concert? Ann: Huberman Festival Concert in Jerusalem with Isaac Stern, Schlomo Mintz and Itzhak Perlman. Michael: A Rudolph Serkin recital in Boston, 1981.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life what would that be? Ann: Boudin Noir aux Pommes. Michael: Cassoulet.

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.

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
GRACE STREET AT THE LAKE—FLYING INTO THE FUTURE
Researched and Written by Todd Cannon, 4B

As Emil W. Carlson began plans in 1925 for the construction of his luxury apartment building, he must have been somewhat concerned about the event taking place in April of that year directly across the street from the proposed building at 3750 Sheridan road. The event was the use of the land just east of Sheridan road off Grace street as Chicago’s first public airplane landing field. On 25 April 1925 some fifteen airplanes landed on this field.

This was not, however, the first use of the area directly east of Grace street as a proposed landing area for commercial air traffic. As early as 1911, Carlson had been living in one of his own apartment buildings a short distance away from Grace street and the lake at the southwest corner of Pine Grove and Grace streets. He would have been aware of the experiment going on in February of 1919 when testing took place of the feasibility of establishing commercial passenger airplane service between Chicago and Milwaukee using a “flying boat”. This aircraft took off from Waveland beach between Sheridan road and Grace street.

Interest in aviation had grown among Chicago businessmen and wealthy citizens when airmail service was first begun in Chicago 17 December 1918. Because of the close proximity to downtown Chicago, the Post Office selected a grassy field north of Northerly Island in Grant Park as the site for Chicago’s first airmail service (from New York). In the 1910’s, the City of Chicago appeared to have little interest in aviation although it did allow occasional air shows and flying demonstrations in Grant Park. In fact, the City nearly banned all airplanes on the lake front following the 1919 fatal crash of the blimp the “Wingfoot Air Express”. The blimp crashed into a loop bank building, killing 13 in what may have been the world’s first commercial aviation disaster. By 1920 the Post Office decided to move its landing field to suburban Maywood.

The idea of Chicago as a major aviation center began to take hold among prominent Chicago businessmen. They reasoned that action needed to be taken quickly to secure Chicago’s role in the new means of travel, a position it held in the rail and shipping industries. To this end, the City needed to build and operate a series of modern airports. In this endeavor, Grace field was destined to play a large although temporary role. The idea of using “flying boats” which would take off from Chicago’s lake shore soon caught on in 1919:

PASSENGER PLANE WILL TRY FLIGHT TO MILWAUKEE

“The feasibility of establishing a commercial passenger airplane service between Chicago and Milwaukee will be tested Saturday. A seven-passenger flying boat is expected to take to the air from Waveland beach, Sheridan road and Grace street.
Lincoln park officials yesterday gave sanction for the building of a hangar at the beach.
The flying boat is the property of the Lawrence-Lewis Aeroplane company, and is entirely Chicago based. The flight is sanctioned by the Aero Club of Illinois and the newly organized Aero Club of Milwaukee. It is planned that the machine make a trip to Milwaukee and return, carrying passengers.

The airplane is of unique construction and resembles a house boat with wings attached. Its fuselage stands seven feet high and passengers, it is planned, can move about without disturbing its stability. It is equipped with a single 150 horse power engine, has a wing spread of only 46 feet, and is expected to do 165 miles an hour with its passenger load.” (Chicago Tribune, Thursday, 20 February 1919, p. 5)

The idea of using “flying boats” quickly became popular in Chicago. Three months after the experiment off Grace street, the Chicago Yacht Club announced plans to begin the world’s first aerial “taxi” service. “The first flying boat of a squadron planned by the Yacht club will take the air at the clubhouse at the foot of Monroe street early this summer (1919). Shortly thereafter, it is planned, wealthy residents of north shore suburbs may board the club’s flying boats each morning near their homes and make the trip to business in the loop in ten or fifteen minutes where now an hour or two are wasted with much irritation in the traffic jams…

Coming close on the heels of the establishment of aerial mail routes in the United States, the new scheme is believed to mean much in the way of the extension of commercial navigation….The plans for club development include the construction of a commodious clubhouse on the improved lake front, with tennis courts, bowling greens, spacious verandas, and all the attractions of a country club, with the exception of a golf course.” (Chicago Tribune. Wednesday, 28 May 1919, p. 1)

The Chicago Yacht Club launched its first flying boat, the Sea Gull, 10 August 1919. Two flights of twenty minutes each circled Evanston and returned to the lake front. “It is planned to charge $25 for taking passengers to Lake Forest. The boat will hold three—the pilot and a brace of moneyed men who want speed. If a flight is desired on a time basis the rate is to be $60 an hour.” (Chicago Tribune, Monday, 11 August 1919, p. 3) “The Seagull, a 180 horse power craft, capable of seventy miles an hour, is first of a fleet of six $10,000 flying boats to be operated on regular schedules by The Great Lakes Flying Company. It has plush cushioned seats, an electric fan, card table, cigar lighter, and everything!” (Chicago Tribune, Friday, 8 August 1919, p. 11)

Following several crashes of the “flying boats”, this service appears to have had limited success. Little seems to have happened between 1919 and 1925 preparing for Chicago’s role as a hub of air traffic. “Chicago’s future as an air port is still mostly on paper. Maj. Philip G. Kemp, who is chairman of the Chicago aero commission, says we will be assured of one landing field in the suburbs by the summer. The Lincoln park board is awaiting legislative permission to establish another at Grace street and the lake. Two more in Grant park—these will be the useful
ones—are being considered by the south park board. These four fields will provide a serviceable beginning. Grading and equipping them should not be delayed. As was pointed out by Mr. Allen Albert in his talk at the Medill school, the man who laughed at the automobile in 1905 was no bigger fool than the man who laughs at the airplane today.” (Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, 18 March 1925, p. 8)

FLYERS APPROVE LANDING FIELD ON NORTH SHORE
Test It and Only Await Public’s Action.

“Demonstrations were given yesterday to show the feasibility of the use of a strip of made land east of Sheridan road off Grace street as an airplane landing field. The occasion really marked the establishment of Chicago’s first public airplane landing field.
Eight airplanes landed there, took off, landed again, went visiting, and furnished a pleasurable and interesting afternoon to several hundred persons. The pilots satisfied themselves and every one else present that the spot is ideal.
Awaits Official Action.

Harry Klatzoo, superintendent of Lincoln Park, said sufficient proof had been given and that all that is now needed to make this field a recognized and legal airport is action either by the park board, of which Eugene R. Pike is president, or by the legislature. Mr. Klatzoo predicted the necessary authorization soon would be forthcoming.

Capt. J. W. Dissette, formerly of the army air service in France, and G. M. Dunlap of the American Flying Yacht company, were in charge of yesterday’s demonstration and enthusiastic over the prospect of creating the first field of its kind in Chicago. Mr. Dunlap, who has been an air pilot for fifteen years, said it was a big step in Chicago’s progress.
‘People from 400 or 500 miles surrounding Chicago can fly in here, park at the Lincoln Park field, go downtown shopping and be back home in a few hours,’ he declared. ‘Here we are less than twenty minutes from the business district.’
Standard Landing Field.
The present boundaries of the field are 4,190 x 2,100 feet. It is described as a standard field. Edward La Parle, the first pilot to land yesterday, said he could see the guiding cross and circle from Evanston.

Two naval hydroplanes landed in Belmont Harbor, a few hundred feet away, and joined in the celebration, for that is just what the occasion was. The commercial aviators were hailing the event as a big step forward for aviation in Chicago. W. A. Yackey, manufacturer of the Yackey plane and owner of Checkerboard field, was present with his own plane to boost for what every flying man wants, a landing place near the heart of Chicago.” (Chicago Tribune, Sunday, 26 April 1925, p. 5)

Not all of the area’s residents were happy with the new proposed air field as indicated by several letters to the Tribune:
Spoiling the Beaches.

“Chicago, May 13.—I wonder how many readers have noticed the beaches where their children played a year ago.
From Grace street north to Gordon terrace the shore is dumped full of tin cans and all variety of rubbish. Is this part of the Chicago beautiful plan, and if so how far north will this dumping continue?

And even at Grace street, where children and older folks alike swam or relaxed on the sand, I understand, has been turned into a landing field for airplanes. This would cause one to wonder whether our city government is doing the greatest good for the greatest number.” (Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, 19 May 1925, p. 5)

The Lincoln park board quickly responded: “Bathing beaches at the foot of north side streets under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln park board will be thoroughly policed and all rubbish removed before bathing time gets around, the board announced yesterday. The commissioners claim they are not responsible for tin cans and rubbish now scattered along the shore as the dirt used for filling in north of Grace street is clean and free from any waste.” (Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, 19 May 1925, p. 5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above picture and the one of pilot Mary Caffarello to the left appeared in the Chicago Tribune article of Sunday, 26 April 1925, p. 5.
Grace field continued to be discussed for a number of years after 1925 as a possibility for one of the lake front airfields. Plans included the idea of building an island off Grace street similar to the future Meigs Field.

Next time: the future of a north side lake front air field and what was happening in front of Grace street on the lake front as 3750 was under construction in 1926.

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