3750 NEWSLETTER – MAY 2019

Reminders….

A shredding service truck will be in the 3750 LSD alley on June 01 (10am – 12noon) to provide residents a safe and very convenient way to destroy old documents.

Should anyone discover water – where it should not be – in a residence, please notify door staff immediately.  Swift action is available 24/7 to research and begin correcting the problem.

Air Conditioning Inspection Forms are due by June 30.  Inspections are required annually for central and installed window AC units.  Please ask the inspector to deliver the completed form to Drago.

Fire escapes are to be used only for emergency access.  Doors are not to be propped open and smoking on the fire escapes is strictly prohibited by the Chicago Fire Department.  No exceptions are permitted.

Outstanding Projects Update

Phase I of the Steam Trap Replacement Project will take place June 17-20, 2019.  Work will be non-invasive and impacted unit owners will be notified directly of the work schedule. The project is a corporation cost item.

Permits have been approved for the Garden Court Domes project.  More detailed information will be shared on a timely basis as actual work begins in late summer. Notices restricting access to the Garden Court while multiple phases of the project transpire will be issued as needed.

Permits have also been approved for compartmentalization of the basement storage units.  Project details are being finalized and more detailed information will be shared as soon as available.

Monthly Restaurant Recommendations

Submitted by Alice and Steve Ginsburgh – 4A

Pete’s Pizza – since 1955 – the pizza here is Chicago style thin crust without thick dough edges.  Pete’s is our favorite of all the pizza places we have tried which are close by 3750 or easily accessed from 3750.  The Irving Park or Addison bus routes will take you within 1-2 blocks of 3737 N. Western (Western and Grace Streets).  They will deliver to 3750, but they also have PARKING.  In addition to pizza, Pete’s offers appetizers, sliders, sandwiches, salads, ribs, shrimp, and pasta dinners.  They also serve up a wonderful Sicilian Mule (their take on a Moscow Mule).

Café Orchid – tasty Mediterranean, hearty Turkish food in an intimate setting (although it might be a little too dark for some).  All your favorite Turkish entrees with bread hot out of the oven.  There are vegetarian options.  Felafel are good, even though they don’t know how to spell “falafel” in English.  Moderately priced and accessible on the Addison bus or the Brown “L” line (1746 W. Addison, at Lincoln). There is also some parking.

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 And please note that personal restaurant recommendations and reviews by shareholders will always be welcome. Reviews and recommendations may be submitted directly to Linda Stern for inclusion in future newsletters – lakey1959@att.net  

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Stu and Ora Fagan – 3F

How long have you lived at 3750?

      19 years

Where were you born?

      Stu – Worcester, Massachusetts

      Ora – Jerusalem, Israel 

Where did you grow up?

      Stu – Massachusetts

      Ora – Israel

What was your favorite vacation?

      Stu – China and Florence (course in Renaissance art)

      Ora – China and Morocco

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

      Stu – Japan and Egypt

      Ora – Egypt and classical Greece

Which talent would you most like to have?

      Stu – Play a musical instrument

      Ora – Regain my piano skills

What is your most treasured possession?

      Stu – My grandfather’s chair

      Ora – My father’s “kiddush” cup (which he used to do the blessings every Friday night)

If you did not live in Chicago, where would you like to live?

      Stu – San Francisco

      Ora – Seville, Spain or Tel Aviv, Israel

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

      Stu – Aristotle

      Ora – Winston Churchill or Nelson Mandela

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

      Stu – Jawaharlal Nehru

      Ora – Golda Meir (as a child) and Barack Obama

What was your favorite concert?

Stu – 1959 Newport Jazz Festival

Ora – Verdi Requiem – CSO

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

Stu – Pasta with Bolognese sauce

Ora – Greek spanakopita

And now for “Chapter 2” …

3750 Lake Shore Drive—Through the Centuries

Lakeview township, the town of Lake View (1887-1889), and our present- day community of Lakeview all owe their names, as legend has it, to Walter Newberry, a large landowner whose bequest would later fund the Newberry Library.  An early visitor to the resort hotel on the lake north of Grace street, with an unrestricted view of the lake, Newberry is reported to have said that the hotel should be called “The Lake View House.” 

Built on a property of some 17 acres in the midst of “straggly pine trees” (which gave the name “Pine Grove” to the spot, retained in Pine Grove avenue), the owner and manager of the resort (Hundley and Rees) hoped to draw wealthy Chicagoans to the spot. Here city dwellers could escape the heat, dirt, and diseases of the city and the resort provided a receptive market for sales of large tracts of land for country estates.  The owners also did a lucrative business catering to Chicago funeral processions going to and from Graceland Cemetery, a journey which required a full day by horse and carriage for the round trip. The two mid- 1860 pictures below from The Chicago Public Library collections depict a front view of Lake View House on the left and a western and southern exposure of the resort fronting on Grace Street on the right.

The Lake View House served many purposes during its some 36 years. A new proprietor, a Doctor Gross, arrived in 1856 from Madison, WI, to open the “Lake View Water Cure.” Newly furnished, the hotel offered accommodations for 80 guests and patients and featured “an abundance of pure water, a wing devoted to gymnastics and callethetic exercises as well as a bowling saloon.” The Water Cure lasted little more than a year. In December 1857, owners of several Chicago hotels including the Tremont advertised a grand ball to attract prospective clients to the newly refurbished hotel. There, “gentlemen will find warm and comfortable stables for their horses and attentive grooms” and all “just far enough from the city for those who enjoy a morning an evening ride.”

                   A glowing report appeared in the Chicago Tribune (17 July 1858, page 1) following the grand reopening of Lake View House. “It is one of the most delightful places for summer resort in the West. People in the habit of going to Newport and Cape May for the sake of a roll in the surf, can enjoy the same luxury just as well at Lake View, with no danger of too close an approximation to sharks and other salt sea monsters.” Management of the House changed frequently over the following years and continued to offer a refuge from the heat, dust and epidemics of the city as well as an escape from the great Chicago fire of 1871.

       As noted in the obituary of S. H Kerfoot (a partner until 1856 with James H. Rees in the firm of Rees & Kerfoot and one of the first and largest real estate developers in Chicago), Kerfoot  built the first large estate in the area surrounding Lake View House in 1855 (Chicago Tribune, 30 December 1896, page 7).  The Kerfoot estate is mentioned in a Chicago Tribune article (25 June 1859, page 1) which describes the landscape south of Grace street as follows: “For a long way above the cemetery (in Lincoln Park) the ground for half a mile or more from the lake shore, lies in nearly parallel sand ridges, with unsightly sloughs and peat bogs between them.” The author of the article had with him a painter of the rural New York Hudson valley. As they stood on one of the sand hills south of the Lake View House, the two men envisioned a beautiful terrain covered with trees and flowers, carriage ways, rustic summer houses covered with native vines and family mansions.  They cited the existing Kerfoot estate as an example for all to follow. Kerfoot  himself decided in 1859 to sell his estate and purchase an adjoining property. His advertisement in the Chicago Tribune, 27 June 1859, page 1, describes his property as having 15 or 16 rooms, heated by a fine furnace, hot and cold water, papered and painted with marble mantels in all rooms; a fine well of water, cement ice house; stabling for six horses and shed for four cows, a carriage house and harness room, a wagon shed, a wood house, and chicken coop. Attached to the house were two acres of land., handsomely ornamented with a good vegetable garden. “

      As many similar estates were being built on the lake front south of Grace Street in the 1860’s and 1870’s, Lake View House continued to be a popular resort. The hotel had its own pier jutting into the lake as did most of the lake front property owners. An advertisement from 1866 in the Tribune touted excursions to the hotel with boats leaving from the foot of State street at 11 AM and 2 PM and returning at 5PM and 7 PM. For a Sunday picnic at the hotel on Sunday, 7 June 1868, three steam ships ran every hour to the hotel from Clark street. But by the 1880’s, the popularity of the Lake View House appears to be very much in decline. No mention has been found in the Chicago papers when the resort was finally torn down in the early 1890’s.

James H. Rees died in 1880 leaving his widow, Frances Rees, a wealthy woman. In 1888, she purchased one of the last remaining open lots on Prairie avenue where she had constructed a three-story Romanesque style mansion. The house and coach house were moved a block north in the Prairie Avenue District in 2014 to make room way for expanded entertainment facilities near McCormick Place.

Next “Chapter”:  A succession of owners of the 3750 lots and problems with constructing and maintaining a roadway from Belmont to Grace street.   

Researched and written by Todd Cannon, 4B

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