April 21, 2018

Lake View: My View

An Overview of this Blog:
My Perspective of Lake View
This blog has over 70 topical posts. Treat this blog as a public library and like any library these posts should be treated like a stack of shelves full of books to be used & reused whenever needed
Broadway near Grace/Halsted - Lake View Patch 
poster by Studio Chris
image - New York Times
2014 highlights of neighborhood by Moore Chicago Art
Moore Chicago Art
poster by The Chicago Neighborhoods
The Seasons building - Chris Cullen Photography
Chris Cullen Photography
2016 photo from a helicopter - Bobby Blinner 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Jim Jasiota via Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook
2018 photo - Greg Moorehead 

From the Belmont L - Lake View Patch 
Clark & Halsted - Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-FB
Chicagoland-Facebook
view of the neighborhood along with the Blue Angels
Chris Cullen Photography 2017
Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
along Clark Street
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 2016
2017 photo - Chris Cullen - Oakdale Avenue
2018 photo - Chris Cullen - Oakdale Avenue
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
2018 photo - Southport Corridor News & Events

Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
The Seasons building along Broadway
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
corner of Southport & Belmont Avenue
photo - Greg Moorehead 
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
photo - Boe Chmil via Original Chicago-Facebook
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
Emanuel Torres 
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
The New York building - Chris Cullen
Chris Cullen Photography
Lincoln/Racine/Diversey
Chris Cullen Photography
along Paulina Avenue
Carina Sawaya, Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photo - Greg Moorehead via Original Chicago-Facebook
Greg Moorehead via Picture of Chicago-Facebook
below photo - Xavier Quintana-Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
It Began as a Township 
within Cook County

 Townships within Cook County
image - Illinois Genealogy Trails
 The North/West/South areas were originally townships 
that the city would annex during early 1800's. Read a great article from WBEZ's Curious City on the fight not to be annex by the City of Chicago.
Some Definitions & Background
township is a widely used unit of local government in the United States, subordinate to, and geographic divisions of, a county (Cook for us) within a state. 
The specific responsibilities and the degree of autonomy vary based on each state. Civil townships are distinct from survey townships, but in states that have both, the boundaries often coincide with one another. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies civil townships (called "towns" in New England, New York and Wisconsin) as minor civil divisions. When reading articles in my blog posts notice that 'town' refers to the word 'township' by the newspaper.
A township governmental functions are generally attended to by an elected governing board (the name varies from state to state) and a clerk or trustee. Township officers frequently include the justice of the peace, road commissioner, assessor, constable, and surveyor of land.
townships of 1862
W.L Flower Map via Library of Congress
Lake View Township 1862
W.L Flower Map via Library of Congress
Zoomed views

Devon Avenue to Irving Park Road (Graceland Avenue)
and then Graceland Avenue to Fullerton Avenue

By law, State of Illinois townships are charged with three basic responsibilities:
1) general assistance for the indigent or poor
2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation
3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state, and other local jurisdiction such as a city in Illinois that has 'home rule' status.
Beyond the three mandated services township government provides other vital services. This may include senior citizens programs, youth programs, assistance to the disabled, parks and recreational facilities, health services, and cemetery maintenance. Township government can serve its population from the cradle to the grave within the direct authority of their State government.
In the 20th century many townships also added a township administrator or supervisor to their governing board. Today, the township governments maintain over 71,000 miles of roads in Illinois - 53 percent of all roadways prior to 2010.
There is an old adage, 
'Nothing happens in a Vacuum'
"Nothing happens in a vacuum." – meaning nothing happens in and of itself. It's always a sequential process of events that bring things to its' present situation.
 The events in the City of Chicago (as well as in Europe) during the mid to late 19th century allowed the townships north of Chicago to create an identity of its' own. 
The Township of Lake View and the authority before it called Ridgeville Township was of no exception. Emigration from Europe due to the European revolutions of 1848 and unending famines and pandemics along with the aftermath chronic health issues in Chicago particularly the cholera outbreak of 1854. 
It's my opinion that two sequential processes of events occurred in the 19th century in the Chicago area that assisted in the advanced development of Lake View Township. The first was the ill planned location of the first north-side cemetery called Chicago Cemetery and The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The failed north-side cemetery once located along the lakefront was due to the human-health issues that were to be discovered during that time period that forced the closure and for development plans for locations that were of 'higher ground' along the old Native American trail along Green Bay Road (Clark Street). Chicago residents traveled to these several cemeteries prior and after the Great Chicago Fire on Sundays to visit their either relocated deceased relatives or new one. Their would stay in roadhouses along the Green Bay route and discovered a new land northern of limits of Chicago - North Avenue. Visit my other blog post about the township cemeteries of Graceland, "Jewish Graceland", Boniface, Wunder, and RoseHill. 
 City Limits for the City of Chicago
History of Chicago, Volume II (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1885)
Purple: Origanal town, February 11, 1835
Blue: Addition, March 4, 1837
Pink: Addition, February 16, 1847
Green: Addition, February 12,1853
Yellow: Addition, February 13, 1863
Brown: Addition, February 7, 1869
image by Mary Carol Chambers‎ via Forgotten Chicago
Borders were north of Fullerton Avenue to Devon
Western Avenue to the lakefront
Van Vechten's map of 1870
Zoomed Views
a zoomed view - northern section
a zoomed view - mid section
 a zoomed view lower section
The Chicago Fire of 1871
The Great Chicago Fire aftermath created a climate of growth in the existing townships of Cook County outside the City of Chicago - for it allowed houses to be built of just wood and limestone and cemeteries to be located outside the Chicago in the Township of Lake View. 
Chicago in flames October 1871 - Chicago History Museum
Downtown Chicago 
 image - Detroit Publishing
more photos from Mashable
Map showing in blue the extent of the fire towards the Township of Lake View just beyond the Chicago border on Fullerton Avenue - University of Chicago Map 1871
(click to enlarge)
image - Chicago Fire Department
According to an interactive map from Chicago Fire Department the fire crossed into the township north of Fullerton Avenue along Clark Street (Green Bay Road) west a block but no further north then present day Arlington Place.
Harpers Weekly November 1871
In fact, it was reported that only one property was damaged north of Fullerton Avenue (p. 398-9). The property of 
John A. Huck was saved and the fire was stopped by a team of neighbors and police (paid $1000). Sparse surroundings and better climate were other factors that ended the fire from traveling northward. Many refugees of the fire were given shelter north of Fullerton Avenue according to a photo text from the Ravenswood-Lakeview Collection.  One thousand dollars in 1871 would be worth over 19 thousand in 2014. 
This account of the Chicago Fire 
is from the Lake View Saga 1847-1985
image - Hortonville Area School District worksheet
A 1955 recap article
(click to enlarge)
Even events like the Haymarket Riot would cause ripple effects along our lakefront with the construction of the roadway along the lakefront that would allow federal troops from Fort Sheridan in Highwood, Illinois to travel to downtown Chicago to end labor unrest. 
 Chicago's Annexation Map Overview
1837-1929
This map will give the reader a general overview of township annexations along with ...

zoomed image - University of Chicago Digital Collection
This legend is from another annexation map (1911) that highlights the increase of population per annexation of land mass. The largest land increase was in June 1889.
Lincoln Park only to Fullerton Avenue 
per this edited 1887 Blanchard Map
This University of Chicago digital map (zoomed) shows the plans for the northern segment of Lincoln Park, the park, that had dual representation by the Township of Lake View and City of Chicago as of 1869. The southern border of the township was Fullerton Avenue, at the time. Within this map the road along the lakefront was to be referred to as Lake Shore Drive - the original one. The Lincoln Park Board of Commissioners, the governing entity for it, planned to extend the park space beyond Fullerton Avenue - landfill into the lake due the expense nature of purchasing private property.

(click to enlarge)
Township of Lake View 1887
image - Historical Map Works
Lake View Township spanned an estimated 125 square miles and was divided into seven districts. Each district population had to 'power of petition' within their own districts to the township council on issues of concern particularly liquor licenses. The borders of Lake View Township ranged from Devon Avenue to the north, Fullerton Avenue to the south, Western Avenue to the west, and the lake to the east. Due to the expansion of the Lincoln Park (the park) more land was added by landfill to the entire lakefront beginning in the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century.
Lake View Township (p. 263) was officially established by the State of Illinois by 1857 but not formally organized as a functional governmental entity until 1865. 
The City of Lake View (1887-89) chartered by the State of Illinois in 1887 & was divided into seven wards (former township districts). William Boldenweck was the mayor for two years prior to annexation by the City of Chicago in 1889. 
 Zoomed Views
 Should be from Fullerton Avenue to Belmont Avenue
from Belmont Avenue to Wilson Avenue
and then from Wilson Avenue to Devon Avenue
This 1882 article below tells a tale of areas around the City of Chicago that were general known 'suburbs' surrounding Chicago. Also, articles I found from the Chicago Public Library newspaper section - Chicago Daily News aka Chicago Tribune would refer to 'town' as 'township'.
(click to enlarge)
page 2
On November 5, 1889 the City of Lake View formerly known before 1887 the Township of Lake View was annexed by the City of Chicago after a June 'referendum' election held by the citizens of the city. The special election pitted the citizens who demanded 'Chicago-like' services, particularly those voters who demanded clean drinking water vs businesses owners, particular salon-owners, who did not want City of Chicago regulations and increases in taxation. That same year the City of Chicago doubled in geographical size annexing southside townships, as well. The following townships were annexed by the City of Chicago: On the north-side was Lake View and Jefferson townships and on the south-side: Hyde Park and Lake townships.
This 1893 UC collection map still shows the old townships of Lake View and Jefferson that were annex by the City of Chicago in 1889. Complete administrative integration to the City of Chicago would take years to complete. Example, the officials in the new District of Lake View still controlled the water supply from the lakefront. The Township of Lake View who originally built a crib and pumping station for political reasons refused to connect their water supply to the former Township of Jefferson until the City of Chicago step in to resolve it.
A New District within Chicago: 
AFTER THE ANNEXATION OF 1889
Chicago New Wards - former City of Lake View
(click to enlarge)
This 1900 Chicago Daily Tribune article above highlights the 'places of interest' at the time within the new District of Lake View - former township/city. When City of Lake View was annexed the area was divided into mostly two city wards. 
image - Dream Team Reality
These are official Chicago neighborhoods and communities 
that once was within the 2 x 10 mile Township of Lake View
The State of Lake View
The State of Lake View (Township) 1876
"The lakeside breezes"
The State of Lake View 1889
The year of annexation
What do we call this New Community?
Two years before official neighborhoods 1928
Map of the Area in 1929
image - Jazz Age Chicago
The State of Lake View 1931
Places to Shop & Play
The State of Lake View 1957
One hundredth anniversary of Lake View 
as a township, city, District, and neighborhood in Chicago
page 1
 page 2
The State of Lake View 1963
 
The State of Lake View 1963
 
The State of Lake View 1967
Affordable Housing Opportunities 
The State of Lake View 1969


The State of Lake View 1970
A melting pot 
The State of Lake View 1981
 
State of Lake View 1984
The Various Neighborhoods 
within the Community Area called 
'A community area is one of 77 pre-defined Chicago areas with boundaries that have remained, for the most part, stable since the 1920's. Community areas were created so the census bureau and social scientists could track statistics consistently in defined areas over time.
A neighborhood can change, and its boundaries may shift over time. Neighborhoods subdivide, emerge, revitalize, decline, and experience population shifts. Community areas are defined by the same boundaries in generally the same way over time. Amanda Seligman’s entry in the Encyclopedia of Chicago, is very helpful on this point. She writes, “Despite the uses scholars and planners have found for the concept of community areas, they do not necessarily represent how Chicagoans think about their city. So, as Seligman suggests, a neighborhood usually corresponds more closely to how we think about our city.' 
In other words, 'neighborhoods' may come and go within a 'community area' but community areas will remain the same.
image - Google Maps
photo - Airphotona
with more other views from John Picken and a link from YouTube, with another link from YouTube, and finally Flickr.

below image - 44th ward master plan
red=schools & green=parks
Graceland West
photos - Greeta Hootman via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
This community within Lake View has a vibrant 
neighborhood association
their borders per their website 



South-East Ravenswood 
Greenview Avenue photo - Private Tour Chicago
photo - Greeta Hootman via Pictures on Chicago-Facebook
These separate neighborhoods span from East Ravenswood Avenue from Clark Street west - Montrose to Irving Park Road. The border of the communities is Ashland Avenue according to Yo Chicago. For more information about Graceland West tap into their neighborhood association site.
South-east Ravenswood is part of the original borders of the old Lake View Township community of Ravenswood. The original borders of old Ravenswood was Clark Street to Western and then Lawrence to Irving Park Road. After the establishment of official 'community areas' or neighborhoods by 1930 old Ravenswood was divided between the neighborhoods of Lake View, North Central, Uptown, and Lincoln Square. As of 2016 it would seem the South-east Ravenswood community does seem to have an association but maybe block clubs. It was a shame Ravenswood did not become a neighborhood of its own - just say'in.
Lake View East
photo - Laurel Delaney
photo - Lake View Chamber of Commerce
this is the coverage area for LVCC
This waterfront area spans north from Diversey Parkway (2800 N) to Irving Park Road (4000 N), and west from Lake Michigan to Halsted Street (800 W). 
This neighborhood of Lake View East is the home of the Community Areas' namesake - The Lake View Hotel (House) that was once located on the original edge of the lakefront on Grace Street. Apparently, the hotel was constructed in 1853 during pre-township days to 1890-ish after the annexation of the City of Lake View by the City of Chicago in 1889. This community within the neighborhood of Lake View is the home of the neighborhoods' namesake - The Lake View Hotel (House) that was once located on the original edge of the lakefront on Grace Street. Apparently, the hotel was constructed in 1853 during pre-township days to 1890-ish after the annexation of the City of Lake View by the City of Chicago in 1889. 
Some History of this Community
Elisha Hundley owned a major portion of the subdivision of Pine Grove until his death by 1874. As shown in the above illustration map he owned property from Cornelia Street to both sides of Grace Street (hotel shown); from the original lakefront to Evanston (Broadway) Avenue. This illustration  is from a 1892 Daily Tribune article highlighting the future of the strip of his lakefront to be called Sheridan Road.
 The first building - photo 1860's? 
The hotel grew in size and popularity

Wrigleyville & Boystown area map
photo - DNAinfo
According to 'Chicago Home' the area spans from Cornelia (3500 N) to Irving Park Rd (4000 N), Clark Street 
to Racine Avenue (1200 W). 
Love this videoFacebook itand those Cubs!
below photo - Southport Corridor News & Events
Boystown
photo - Choose Chicago
It is primarily a strip that routes along Halsted Street (800 W) and its southern border is Belmont Avenue (3200 N), N.Clark to its northern border Grace Street (3800)
Boystown developed from the wake of a small and diverse neighborhood called New TownReal estate marketers tried to created a new climate for this area that was once called Lake View East. This was an era of ethnic & social flux from 1968-1984 for this area of Lake View. The geography of this small area was bit confusing sometimes for most residents of the city as well as the neighborhood residents. Basically the border area were Diversey Parkway to the south, Belmont Avenue to the north, Sheffield Avenue or Halsted Street to the west, east to the lakefront. This new area was to mimic Old Town along North Avenue. By the mid 1980's the words 'New Town' had disappear and the name of Lake View East reappeared as a lexicon of communities in Chicago.  Facebook it! 
The Former Neighborhood of New Town
that had a only 20 tenure
This area covered most of Lake View East and was to market the area as something new and different like the area known as Old Town - diverse and trendy.
 Editorial about evolution and possible neighborhood renewal - New Town 1971 
This writer/teacher called New Town a concept
 not your typically community 1982
By the mid-1980's the community name 
of New Town was once again replaced by 
its original name of Lake View East 
The new Printer's Row 2.0
The corridor includes the properties on both East Ravenswood Avenue and West Ravenswood Avenue. The community area of Lake View ends at East Ravenswood Avenue and only as south-side on Montrose Avenue. The area within Lake View is 'part and parcel' the community of East Ravenswood mentioned above. It is a separated section due to importance and its' complexity/evolution of a manufacture and residential area. This corridor that spans a number of neighborhoods is part of a TIF that began in 2005 and will expire in 2029. The entire corridor ranges from Irving Park Road to Bryn Mawr Avenue from Bowmanville to Lake View along the vintage Chicago & Northwestern railroad
image via Curbed Chicago
'Up and down the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, scrappy letterpress operators and screenprinters are carving out an analog niche in the digital world, setting type with their fingers instead of keystrokes and cranking out greeting cards and prints one piece of paper at a time by hand—kind of like swapping out an iPhone for a rotary model. Just like Printer’s Row, the corridor was hit hard by automation, innovation and consolidation, which rendered many of Ravenswood’s manufacturing plants and the products they produced obsolete. Though a handful of the corridor’s abandoned factories were converted to loft-style condos, plenty weren’t. Building owners carved up these cavernous plants into warrens of studios that happen to be the right size and the right price for printers, and it doesn’t hurt that the spaces look cool too.' per title link above from Curbed Chicago.
image below via Central Square Journal
(click to enlarge)

photo - EveryBlock 
photo - Southport Corridor News and Events
This patch of Lake View roughly spans the area east and west by Racine Ave (1200 W) and Ashland Ave (1600 W), and its south and north boundaries 
are Belmont Ave (3200 N) and Grace St (3800 N).
Some of the shops on Southport 2016
photo - Southport Corridor News & Events
Visit their blog as well. 
The Sheridan Road Corridor
A  New Corridor Planned in 2017?
 to be surrounded by the L station at first
'Steps apart from each other, restaurants offered Thai, Italian, Mexican, sushi, Indian and once-trendy crepes, living up to the "Restaurant Row" nickname granted to the 3900 block of North Sheridan Road. But with several of those restaurants having moved or closed, and many new large residential developments being built with empty storefronts, the area has become a frequently forgotten pocket of Lakeview. Business owners on the block say it needs a new identity, and soon it could have one.' - according to DNAinfo

one of several planned developments near the L station ...
rending & article - Curbed Chicago
Aerial Views of the Neighborhood 
 Diversey Harbor and southeastern Lake View
1939 photo - Chicago Past
 Western Lake View along the Ravenswood L 
1939 photo - Chicago Past
 northern Lake View looking at the Waveland Golf Course
1939 photo - Chicago Past
Central and Northwest Lake View looking at 
Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery
1939 photo - Chicago Past
Civic Associations
of the Lake View Citizens Council
The Nine Neighborhood Associations within Lake View
image - Lake View Citizen's Council
The Chambers of Commerce

a former logo above
'The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is a community of entrepreneurs working together and supporting each other to create a stronger neighborhood and business environment, through advocacy, promotion, networking and education. Our organization is a leader in supporting businesses with valuable resources, programming and services that advance our neighborhood's business success, guided by our Lakeview Area Master Plan. We leverage private funding, government resources and programs, and support from more than 250 members to help our local business community thrive. The Chamber is a 501(c)6 nonprofit originally founded in 1951 as the Lincoln Belmont Ashland Business Association. The Chamber serves as the sole service provider of SSA 27, a taxing district that supports additional programs and services, including public way maintenance and enhancement.' - per their website 
'The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is a broad community based organization designed to represent and help merchants and other business people in the community. It is a policy of the organization to promote goodwill and a pleasant business environment for merchants, consumers, and area residents. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is the Sole Service Provider for Special Service Areas #8 and #17. Combined, the two business districts include Sheffield Avenue from Irving Park Road to Diversey Parkway; Clark Street from Byron Street to Diversey; Broadway from Grace to Diversey; Belmont Avenue from Racine Avenue to Halsted Street and Halsted from Belmont to Diversey. This area is famous for attractions like Wrigley Field, The Briar Street Theater, a thriving dining district, exciting nightlife and a number a boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.' - per their website

 logo - Pride Splash Chicago
below photo - TimeOut Chicago
'Since 1980, Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) has worked collectively to enhance the entertainment district known as Boystown. Representing over 100 In & Proud businesses, NBA is recognized by the City of Chicago, national media outlets and residents for its leadership of advancing economic vitality and quality of life for the total community. To this end, NBA provides programs and services that will increase investment, security, opportunity and activity in our district.' - per their website
no longer exists
once located at 3355 N Clark Street
More Images Lake View
2017 photo - Tom McDonald
Chris Cullen via Original Chicago-Facebook
photo - Chris Cullen Photography
Brian Hassell via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
north corner of Halsted & Clark
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
The Seasons at Broadway & Melrose
photo - Chris Cullen Photography
2018 photo - Joshua Mellin 
via Southport Corridor News & Events
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
Sheridan el steps
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
855 W Belmont
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
via Judith Geisenheimer Saistone, Pictures of Chicago
former hotel
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Sheridan Red Line “L”, Irving Park Road, Seminary Ave., & Dakin Street - the space under the tracks
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Historical District of Alta Vista
Photography by Chris Cullen
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Broadway & Barry Avenue
Century Mall
photo - Greeta Hootman via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
once located 4001 N Lincoln Avenue
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
on a wall - Lake View Presbyterian Church Parish House
photo - Southport Corridor News and Events-Facebook
 photographer Jackie Jones 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photographer Jackie Jones 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photographer Jackie Jones 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
former Wieboldt building
Chris Cullen Photography 2017
former Sexauer Garage near Whole Foods on Halsted
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
J.R. Schmidt Photography
'Jewish Graceland'
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo - Chris Cullen Photography in Wrigleyville
Chris Cullen Photography
Wellington, Southport, Lincoln
on Belmont at Broadway
Chris Cullen Photography
Chris Cullen Photography
Lincoln Avenue and George Street
The Brundage Building, built 1923, was originally a bank. Lincoln Avenue between School & Roscoe along with the Lake View YMCA building on Marshfield Avenue
Chris Cullen Photography via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photo - Southport Corridor News & Events via @thadgs
once a home a grand mansion on Stratford Place
Mike Butland via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Chicago Harbors-Facebook
photo - Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Living in Lake View
A Diane Wasserman-Drell Story
"I lived in the neighborhood (Patterson Avenue) from 1945-1955, and then my family moved to a house in suburbia. It was a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in at that time. Everyone knew their neighbors and everyone was friendly. There were all kinds of grocery shopping on Broadway -- everything you could imagine; a butcher shop, a fresh fish store, grocery stores, a huge Woolworths at Irving Park and Broadway. In the other direction was a couple of children's shoe stores, two drug stores on the corner of Addison and Broadway. Just to the south of Patterson on the east side of the street was Millie's dime store which was a tiny version of FW Woolworth's. At Patterson and Broadway was Borden's Dairy on the west side of the street. There was a large indoor parking garage there, and that's where my dad parked his car. The "streetcars" were on Broadway, then came the Green Hornets and then regular buses. 
when she was in her 20's
It was a wonderful, much less stressful way of life. We were one of the first people on our block to get a television (10" screen), so all the kids hung out at our apartment. And..... I found a rent receipt in one of my mom's old cookbooks several years ago. It [our apt] was for $40.00 -- for a one bedroom, one bath apartment with a tiny kitchen, a large dining room, living room and a sun parlor. It also had a Murphy bed on the living room wall. We had radiators... and the coal was delivered to the basement where the washing machine (with wringers) was, and women used to hang their clothes to dry on rope with clothespins that was hung in the basement. My mother used to send a lot of her laundry out... linens, my dad's undershorts, rags and the shirts my dad wore to work. Such fond memories of a wonderful neighborhood and very decent people. I also went to Le Moyne school through 4th grade. At that time, the Chicago public schools were way ahead of the educational system in suburbia. Even though we can never turn back the clock, it's nice to reminisce about wonderful things and times in one's life. Thanks for filling in the blanks and sharing your information about the rocks and the totem pole."
My Next Project - maybe
photo - Chuck Wolf
You have notice the collection of professional photographs on this page primary from two artists. I would to follow in their foot-steps in a way - but to photograph current Lake View in a " flexible approach, designed for people who want to document and use the LENS method: look, explore, narrate, & summarize. It’s about how to do your own urban diary and define your own personal city." 
I got this idea via Curbed Chicago about 'urbanism' and photographer Chuck Wolfe who published a book called 'Seeing the Better City'.

Post Notes:
Lake View is one of the 77 'community area' in the City of Chicago we commonly refer to as neighborhoods. 
Explore the other community areas with this link.
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