July 25, 2011

WIld Life

We'll from Lake View, too!
photo - CBS local
In the late 19th century wild life could still be found and hunted along the lakefront. In the 21st century it would seem wildlife is returning but this time well protected either in an enclosed area such as the Bill Javis Bird Sanctuary or just nesting along a residential building.
The article below tells a tale of wild life in Chicago 1922
City Dwellers Should Learn 
to Get Along With Urban Wildlife 
By Peter Alagona in 2015
In recent years, a host of charismatic wild species, the coyote being only the most famous, have returned to American cities in numbers not seen for generations.
Despite their reputations, large wild animals are just not very dangerous. By far the most dangerous animals in North America, as measured in human fatalities, are bees, wasps, and hornets. Next are dogs—man’s best friend—followed by spiders, snakes, scorpions, centipedes, and rats. The most dangerous animal, globally and throughout human history, is undoubtedly the mosquito. Coyotes are nowhere on the list.
Read more about this from an article by the New Republic via Friends of the Chicago River on Facebook.
Operation Doe a Deer
600 block of West Barry Avenue
A female deer was found in the courtyard of a building in the 600 block of West Barry Avenue in the summer of 2011. Residents who live in the building were excited to see such an unusual sight. Read more about it from the link above and/or the commentary below.
photo - CBS local.com
photo Angle Naron - Flickr
The Personal Narratives
“People on EveryBlock have been talking about it.”
“I walked by one in someone's yard the other day on my way to DSW on Clark and Halsted. I wtf'd and walked merrily on my way.”
“I walked past it in someone's yard with a bunch of people and it was just chilling, eating some leaves. The guy who lived in that building told us its’ been around there for about a week.”
“Tonight I looked out my front window and thought I was seeing things... there was a real, live deer in my neighbor's front yard on the 700 block of West Briar Place. The whole neighborhood and passersby were astonished to see a very tame deer casually eating the neighbor's hosta plants.”
Last night, around 11:18 p.m., the deer was at 727 W Briar Place.
An officer at the scene said the deer was limping and one of its legs was injured.
The proper authorities were notified.
According to police dispatch, Animal Control said they would be there in the morning.
Let's hope Bambi's mom makes it through the night.
“Somebody yelled down at me and called me, and a couple of people all at once, saying we had a deer in our courtyard. I thought they were pranking me. I was certain I was being punked,” said Bruce Alan Beal, a resident of the building. “But sure enough, I came out, and there’s a doe. She’s probably 3 or 4 years old, and she’s sitting in the back of our courtyard, kind of hunkered down against the edge of the building.”
But this deer incident is anything but an isolated one. Apparently, deer, rats and intoxicated party-goers aren’t the only ones running wild in your neighborhood at night, according to Steve Sullivan, curator of urban ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. 
The Lincoln Park Zoo also tracks local animals through its Urban Wildlife Institute.
“This happens every single day in the city of Chicago,” Sullivan said. “We have photographic evidence of deer, beaver, white-footed mice — you name it — all this interspersed very regularly in all of our neighborhoods throughout the city.”
But how exactly do these wild animals — which locally also include coyotes, foxes, opossum, raccoons, skunks and many bird species — get here? Sullivan says any patch of trees serves as their highway, until they get to an area in the city when they can no longer hide.
While the city's Animal Care and Control department had previously pledged to leave the deer alone unless they began to pose a threat or were injured, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that area residents' offerings of nourishment threaten the animals' safety as the deer become comfortable enough to settle more permanently in the area and resist re-entering the wild.
“We just asked people not to feed them. Unfortunately, people did not heed our advice," department commissioner Cherie Travis told the Sun-Times.
The city's Animal Care and Control Department had some concerns about tranquilizing the mother deer since she's still nursing her two fawns, but city officials wanted to find them a safe new home before the Gay Pride Parade which is two weeks away.
Chicago Animal Care and Control relocated the animals early Saturday morning to a more suitable place in the city with plenty of grass and space to roam around.
For the trip, dubbed “Operation Doe A Deer,” animal control officers tranquilized the mother deer and wrapped the two fawns in blankets.
and finally another take from Curb Chicago

"Deer starts family in trendy Boystown" on Sunday, and now, "Too many Whole Foods treats, so deer must leave Lake View."  - with YouTube videos Video 1 & Video 2 .
The Bird Poo Tree on Stratford Place
DNAinfo photos
Many residents couldn't remember when they first noticed the spot caked in poop, though they all agreed that no other tree in the area bears the same fruit ... read more.
Other Creatures of Nature
Reclaiming Wrigley Field 2011
“The scary thing is that they didn’t seem afraid. You’d think they’d be cowering, but they didn’t seem vicious,” Byington told reporters. “Some people were laughing, and started following them, but they didn’t seem concerned. They seemed to be checking out the neighborhood and enjoying it.” - Read more about it with this link. 
There is a website on Coyote sightings - no kidding!
A Peregrine Falcon Calls it Home
Indeed, on a recent Saturday morning, Dacey Arashiba showed a visitor a Peregrine falcon nestled in a hanging flower pot just outside the window of his 28th-floor apartment. The bird's companion had temporarily flown away 10 minutes earlier.  Last summer, the birds attempted unsuccessfully to stake their place outside Arashiba's apartment. Three weeks ago, the pair of Peregrine falcons returned to Arashiba's balcony overlooking Belmont Avenue. "It's amazing, and kind of flattering, that they're back," he said. Arashiba first noticed a Peregrine falcon perched on the ledge of his kitchen window five years ago. Over the next couple of years, Arashiba enjoyed catching glimpses of the creature. "It never startled me. I just always thought it was really cool," Arashiba said. - DNAinfo 2015
Nesting on a terrace
photos - DNAinfo
A Visiting Deer for the Holidays 2015
heading to 1329 W Addison Street for a visit
 photo - DNAinfo 
 photo - Southport News & Events-Facebook
 photo - Southport News & Events-Facebook
Burley's Elementary Mini-Farm
article by DNAinfo in 2017

 "We don't just want them to learn about it; we want our students to be able to experience it, act on it and realize the part they can play in it and actually have fun doing it," said Burley's Principal Catherine Plocher. "Bringing sustainability concepts to life, no matter how big or small, makes the concepts come alive," Plocher said. "By making learning hands-on, students' understanding of sustainability concepts becomes three-dimensional, tactile and more memorable. 
- Not to mention more fun."

Nettlehorst School
has one too as of 2019

The Missing Fish Story
photos DNAinfo
'A Mediterranean restaurant that closed in East Lakeview earlier this month left behind an aquarium that now has some neighbors concerned.' There are fish still swimming in it ... but the water is running low. Read more with this link. Less than week later concerned citizens helped resolved it.
There have been other creatures walking the streets of Lake View lately. Also, check out how Lincoln Park Zoo is using a tracking system of our new urban visitors.
 photo - DNAinfo
pre 2014 photo - WGN
There were years...many years that the gulls out-numbered the fans at the field. With the renovation at the park and the popularity of the 2014-2015 season team 
there are finally less gulls than fans. 
a pre-2014 photo below - The Heckler
The Ducks of Belmont Harbor
photo - Thomas Braam via Photos of Chicago-Facebook
Thomas Braam photo - the Traveling Glutton-Tumbler
A Hornet Nest
2016 photo - Edward Kwiatkowski
Apparently on West Cornelia
Roaming in Graceland Cemetery
photos by Adam Selzer - Winter 2020
Graceland was once part of the Township/City of Lake View from 1857-1889 now in the Community of Uptown

Why here in this Part of the City?
a video from WTTW

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These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!

July 06, 2011

Music Venues

The Lake View Beats
We begin this post with a music venue that was popular during the Great Depression of the 1930's when a couples that would 'marathon dance' for money and prizes.
Merry Garden Ballroom
Opened on Labor Day 1921 at 3136 N Sheffield built by Ethel Kendal and Jack Lund and survived for 31 years. After that a the building became a warehouse and then in 1961 demolished and turned into a parking lot.
1922 photo - Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
The Merry 'Dance' Gardens on the left 
with the Victoria (Vic) Theater to the right
The Sanborn Fire Map Evolution of this Area
 This 1894 Sanborn Fire Map indicates a 'Summer Garden' space probably for a Beer Garden entertainment 
- name unknown
The area in 1923 with the Howard Line tracks with the main entrance on the south side of Belmont
the area by 1950

1922 photo - Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago
Once located at 3128 N Sheffield Avenue
This ballroom that was built during the first quarter of the 20th century noted for its 'Marathon Dancing(scroll down) during the Depression years to make money for themselves 
and their families.
image - my personal collection

photography by G.E. Thornrose Jr.

(click on image to enlarge)

Days Later ...
 images and text - Ebay
This trophy was awarded to the World Championship Dance Marathon winner, First Prize, to Mike Gouvas, dated August 7, 1930, held at Merry Garden Ballroom in Chicago. His partner was Ann Gerry and the photo shows her collapsing in his arms. Mike lasted/danced for an incredible 2831 hours 
4 1/2 minutes! During the 1930’s, dance marathons weren't for the faint at heart but rather taken very seriously, competitively for cash and prizes, physically & emotionally exhausting.

images from my personal collection
One particular dance endurance contest began on August 29th 1929, and didn’t stop until April 1st 1931. 
Mike Ritof and Edith Boudreaux claimed first prize of $2,000 cash, and the marathon record. They danced for a total of 5,152 hours and 48 minutes. 
A Brochure

This booklet part of my personal collection

part of a purchased photo album from Ebay
a pocket mirror with the members of the orchestra on top 
Alan Halfen via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 1950's?
1961 photo - University of Illinois-Chicago 
via Explore Chicago Collection
Replaced by a Car Lot by 1961
(click on image to enlarge)
The Chateau Ballroom
within the Chateau Theater Building
 3810 N Broadway
photo - Explore Chicago Collection
This ballroom was operated by Andy Anderson located inside the Chateau Theater on the 2nd floor at 3810 N Broadway. The ballroom size was 6,660 square feet built in sometime before or just after the early 1920’s. The establishment featured mostly local bands. Across the street along Grace Street was the Bismarck (Marigold) Gardens that also featured entertainment that included live performances and 'Big Band' groups from early 1890's til mid 1920's.
959 W Belmont Avenue
a Latin social club and nightclub where Cubans - followed by an immigrant population from Puerto Rico, the wider Caribbean and Colombia - gathered to dance, listen to the music of their homelands and speak their first language, Spanish. The club was opened by Luis “Witto” Aloma, a Cuban-born player for the White Sox in the early 1950's, who wanted his fellow Cubans to have a place where they could come to drink coffee and play cards and dominoes.  
Eventually it morphed into a more lavish operation with a beautiful dining room featuring Cuban musical acts and a full Cuban/Spanish menu. “Along the way the ownership changed hands as Tony Quintana, a very respected Puerto Rican radio and television personality, businessman and activist [host of the 1960's radio show “Tony’s Latin A-Go-Go”], took it over,” said Delgado. And then there was the matter of music, which, as Delgado explained, “changed over time at the club, moving from the original mambo, cha-cha and romantic boleros, and all the African rhythms of Cuban music, to the salsa sound that really was born in the U.S. & is kind of a multicultural baby.” It apparently closed in 1971.
Orphei Singing Club
the apparently second location 
on Irving Park Road just west of Clark Street 
 text - 'Swedish Chicago' by Paul M. Peterson
a gift from Rizal Center for my collectioin
According to Forgotten Chicago, the Orphei Singing Club was a Swedish-American social club that featured singing, gambling, wrestling, and an art gallery. It was also used to host social events. The club purchased a building at 1332 W. Irving Park Road approximately 1930 (though it is unclear whether the purchase of the building signals the start of the club or whether it was already in existence). The club was also listed by Cook County as a tax-exempt organization in April 1943. The club disbanded by 1974.The singing organization apparently had a building, a possible social hall, on somewhere on School Street prior to 1930-ish.
Evolution to the Punk Scene
The Reader by Leor Galil
My thanks to Carter O'Brien 
for bringing this article to my attention
Here is an excerpt
"Punkin' Donuts didn't just attract folks from the Aetna park and Medusa's. Many regulars spilled out of other nearby venues: Tuts, a small rock club at 959 W. Belmont, had hosted an up-and-coming Bruce Springsteen in its previous incarnation as the Quiet Knight, and in 1987 it was replaced by the Avalon. Queer cabaret-inspired "video bar" Berlin opened in 1983 across the street from Tuts at 954 W. Belmont. Less than a mile north, you could see punk shows in the early 80's at Cubby Bear and Metro, some of them booked by Duffy. Punkin' Donuts pulled in characters from all those places, creating what Roman calls "a weird mix of family and fun." Now let's scroll down & read even more ...
The Quiet Knight
and the location's evolution
1970's photo - Saul Smaizys 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
'Though timely political questions about gentrification and immigrant struggles are never far from the surface, 
[a political footbal during the 2016 presidential election] 
La Havana Madrid is, at its core, a paean to a bygone cultural nucleus in this city. In one vignette, a Cuban teenager comes to the club seeking refuge from her foster mother. In another, two young Colombian newlyweds, based on Delgado’s parents, share their first dance. Uniting the action is Delgado, playing an emcee named La Havana Madrid, a singing, dancing personification of the club itself.' 
- from a 2017 article by Chicago Magazine
The owner during the 1970's
Richard Harding
'The effervescent owner of the Quiet Knight music room was the first to bring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Talking Heads and Jimmy Buffett to Chicago. He loved Bob Marley as much as he loved Miles Davis.' - Daily Swarm

1975 ad
This venue was located 953 W. Belmont Avenue between the years 1969-1979 on the second floor of a vintage and still existing building on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield, a short walk from the Belmont station L stop. 
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Muddy Waters and Mick Jagger, The Quiet Knight, 1978
photo - Examiner 
This night club would entertain music personalities such as The Velvet UndergroundMuddy Waters, Bob Marley & the WailersMike Jaggar & The Rolling StonesJohn Prine
Listen to Bob Marley performance at this location in 1975.

 recorded in 1975 LIVE!
images - Ebay
article from 1971
article from 1975

Rita Coolidge paid a visit in 1972

image - Obit of the Day
Shawn Phillips at Quiet Knight in 1973 
photo - ceebop via Flickr
'Richard Harding’s club, The Quiet Knight, was only open from 1969 to 1979. But during that decade the 400-seat concert venue saw of the biggest names in music whether it was rock, jazz, or reggae. Located at 953 West Belmont in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, The Quiet Knight occupied the second floor of an otherwise non-descript brick building; but what went on inside was music history. Herbie Hancock, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt (backed by Don Henley and Glenn Frey), Bob Marley, Arlo Guthrie, Muddy Waters and Loudon Wainwright all made appearances at the Knight. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band first performed in Chicago in Harding’s club. Jimmy Buffett performed outside of the South for the first time at the Knight.' Read more …
Neil Sedaka paid a visit in 1982

 35mm Camera Original Negatives - Ebay
Venues after Quiet Knight ...

3730 N Clark Street
and then at 959 Belmont Avenue
New Years Eve 1980
(click on article below to enlarge)
same building as the Quiet Knight
a January 1984 article below

 Richard & Linda Thompson in 1983
(click on article to enlarge)
images - Calumet 412
View more photos from the retro Facebook page
and then came ....

Avalon Niteclub
959 W. Belmont Avenue 1987-1995
image - Avalon Nite Club-Facebook
same building as the Quiet Knight and Tuts
1987 article: 'The ghosts of the Quiet Knight and Tuts have long since departed the premises. In their wake has arisen a comfortable neighborhood club called Avalon night club.'
view west vs view east along Belmont
photos - Scotty Brown via Avalon Nite Club-Facebook
photo - Avalon Nite Club-Facebook
View more photos of this night club on Facebook
1980 ad - via Lethal Amounts
Echo & The Bunnymen at Tuts 1981
According to Christina Sybil Cary from Forgotten Chicago-Facebook,” It's was The Quiet Knight first then it became Tuts. Groups like the Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cramps & Bauhaus were notable bands that played there.The Punk Club played there when the space was called Avalon. 
the night club closed in 1995
The Belmont Club
located at 953 Belmont Avenue
image - Ebay 
The Wild Hare 
3530 N Clark Street
photo - Loop.net
The Wild Hare, known for reggae, had a variety of national and international acts, music seven nights a week, and a huge space to 'groove in' were operated by Jamaicans and financed by venture capitalists. Such groups include Shabba Ranks, Rita Marley, Kwame & Wan Afrika, Aswah Greggorri and the Enforcers, Gizzae, Tony Reble, and Yellow Man. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., and bands typically take the stage around 9:30 according to the Chicago Bar Project"Most people in this neighborhood are great, but there are a few who don't like racial mixing and didn't think that black people belong here," says Zeleke Gessesse, a musician and part-owner of the club. "It's disturbing to think that these attitudes persist." - Reader in 1993
by TimeOut editors and Joel Reese, 
complied by Laura Baginski 2014
 'The place that made the Belmont/Clark corridor a goth haven, this club was birthed by Dave Shelton in the early 1980's on the corner of Sheffield and School. It opened its doors for all ages from 7:30-10:30 pm, before the dance owls swooped in until 3 am, at which point each night the speakers blasted the grinding synths of Severed Heads' "Dead Eyes Open" as a farewell alarm. The nascent Smashing Pumpkins took the stage here in black capes, as did much of the local industrial scene. It may have closed in 1992, but you can still buy black leather and spikes on Belmont.' - Laura Baginski
Above is Medusa's when it housed the Japanese American Service Committee. Before that, it was the Viking temple, a Swedish social club according to Matthew Nickerson, 
author of two books on the history of Lake View.
1910 postcard of Swedish Viking Temple 
that apparently had a buffet on the ground floor
postcard - Chuckman Collection
Another Perspective
by Chicago Magazine/Arts & Culture
great article with lots of photos by Mike Thomas
"Billing itself as a “juice bar,” the cavernous Lake View club sold no alcohol (there were convenience stores for that) and it stayed open until the dancing stopped, which was often mid-morning the next day. Its teen dance parties, which increasingly became the club’s focus in its later years, were a rite of passage for a generation of high schoolers, and the music was as eclectic as the clientele: funk, electronic, R&B, industrial, punk, ska, house, even pop. Live bands were part of the mix, too—little-known artists who’d go on to fame: Al Jourgensen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Corgan, the Violent Femmes, Front 242." - from the article

Read more commentary from the above link!
image - Richard Ragnar Sammartino
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
James Kulevick via Original Chicago-Facebook
interior photo from 'Jauers' 
check out the scene
Medusa's was this punkish rock club that apparently galvanized urban & suburb kids to this building at 3257 Sheffield Avenue once known as a social club for Swedish immigrants during the turn of the 20th century. The well known Alley was nearby, a place to 'hang-out'
 before and after club hours.
Nov/Dec 1986 booklet - Ebay
a notice indicating an issue on the hours of operation
image - Ebay
Read more about the history and the man who created it with this pdf link. Hear the sights and sounds of the entertainment with YouTube#1 and YouTube#2.
3145 N Sheffield Avenue
The only online photo I could discover
This 'nightclub-within-a-nightclub' opened in 1986 within the Vic Theater. The Chicago Tribune wrote that "If Clubland is just a nightclub, then Earth is a mere ball of dirt." One year later the Trib expounded further. This video dance club had 75 25-inch video screens, one of first to use this type of medium in a massive scale in Chicago. The clubs' focal point was the main stage, used as a dance floor while the upstairs served as the balcony lobby with an additional bar along with two snack areas; one for hot appetizers, one for desserts much like a food/drink bar far away from the downstairs bar.  
2941 N. Clark Street
 Matchbook photo - Consumer Grouch
a 2009 Google Map view
For its 25 year tenure this club served patrons who apparently loved Greek culture or just liked the music it provided. Apparently, two-thirds of the clubs' visitors were non-Greek according to Chicago Tribune article. Apparently, folks like Anthony Quinn, Studs Terkel, Nana Mouskouri, 
Phil Donahue, and Oprah Winfrey would stop by.
2858 N Halsted Street
photo - Planet 99
Sorry folks - working on a better photo of the place
This neighborhood bar (google map current view) would typically cater to employees for neighboring theaters. Apparently, the bar was a comfortable, reasonably priced that offered a good selection of wines and beers that included German specialty liqueurs. In the basement, there was a huge ‘rathskeller’ with booths, fireplace, and a small bar. That room was rented for private parties. Oh, by the way, the definition of a 'rathskeller' is a German bar/restaurant that would typically be located in a basement level of public building like a city hall in Germany. Chicago Bar Project
photo - Donna Joyce, 1975 with sign on building
Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
image - Ebay
photo - Erin Kuchinsky via LakeView Historical-Facebook
'In the club's early days, B.L.U.E.S. featured predominantly local bluesmen and only charged $1 cover on Fridays and Saturdays. According to David Grazian in his book, Blue Chicago (2003), musicians also shared from proceeds collected in a blue-painted troll made from papier-mâché, with a long tail and a hole in its head for contributions. The much larger Kingston Mines, originally on Lincoln then on Clark, moved across the street in February 1982, which had B.L.U.E.S. owners nervous until it tripled their revenues and added legitimacy to both operations and clientele synergy as it's impossible to go to one and not notice, or want to go, to the other. As such, both clubs became more well known around the city and to suburbanites, conventioneers and tourists from around the world who learned of the place through hotel concierges and write ups in numerous publications, including Esquire Magazine. Such popularity led to a second location in 1987, called B.L.U.E.S. Etcetera, which lasted until 1999 at 1122 (or 1124) W. Belmont and later become the now-defunct club, Lithium, until a new condo building went up in its place.' - Chicago Bar Project
 The Metro
 Northside Auditorium Theater opened in 1927 
as the Swedish Community Center 
when Swedish was the language of choice 

Read the conversation from Forgotten Chicago-Facebook about this establishment - 1982
Metro was once known as the Cabaret Metro, 
and housed Stages Music Hall, Smart Bar. Before that known as Northside Auditorium - an Swedish community center
Northside Auditorium 1943

1990 photo - R Krueger Collection,Chicago Public Library
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A New Craze 1983
How the Metro Began
(click on article to enlarge)

this photo produced an endless threads 
on Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
and view more photographs from this theater via Flickr.
The Club LaRay
House music was developed in the houses, garages and clubs of Chicago initially for local club-goers in the "underground" club scenes, rather than for widespread commercial release. As a result, the recordings were much more conceptual, longer than the music usually played on commercial radio. House musicians used analog synthesizers and sequencers to create and arrange the electronic elements and samples on their tracks, combining live traditional instruments and percussion and soulful vocals with pre-programmed electronic synthesizers and "beat-boxes". - read more from last fm
display article from 1926
Once located 3152 N Halsted in a Spanish style building that was once one of the first Buick dealership in Chicago; opened in 1986 - the only pic of the building from the 1920's. 
According to former D.J Michael Ezebukwu “Back then Chicago was full of clubs. It was Den One; it was the Ritz; there was Le Pub, Broadway Limited, & Blinkers.
For true house music, Club LaRay was a hot ticket. However, it was common for us to sit around and complain about what LaRay could do better. In retrospect, he did the best with what he had which, considering the clientele was mostly black, gay men, was impressive. That dynamic doesn’t even exist today in Chicago. There was often a healthy helping of women, straight folks, and minor celebrities in attendance, on any given night. - Read more from the title link above.
Link's Hall Studio
3435 N Sheffield Avenue
Links Hall Studio building had always been called Link's Hall-named for John J. Link, a dentist who built it in 1914 and emblazoned his name in the plaster above the front door. That same year Weegham Park was constructed on Clark and Addison. In 1978, long before a line of glitzy bars frequented by tourists and sports fans erupted at the intersection of Sheffield, Newport, and Clark, choreographers Bob Eisen, Carol Bobrow, and Charlie Vernon founded Links Hall. Links Hall was an empty room above a hamburger joint next to a women's health organization and a Japanese culture center in a seedy neighborhood where the Red Line rattled by every few minutes. Links Hall was a rehearsal space with shows at night: poetry readings, experimental music, performance art, dance. Exploratory musician Michael Zerang, an accompanist at MoMing who frequently rehearsed at Links, was the first to curate a performance series there and became de facto artistic director from 1985 to 1988. "Friday and Saturday nights were sitting empty," he recalls. "Bob said, 'Do what you want.' I said, 'I do music,' and he said, 'Fine.'" Nurturing the growth of the artistic community is a holistic process at Links. Artists developing work receive not only space and a high percentage of box office returns but mentor-ship from the Links staff, and other, less tangible forms of support. "The artists and the art have sustained Links, and Links supports not only the product but the process," says Felicia Holman, director of Linkage partnerships, Links Hall's in-kind partnerships with other organizations. This organization is currently on Western Avenue. – Reader 2019
There is a Link Studio Archive posted on Explore Chicago Collection of performances from 1978-1990.
Pops for Champagne
2934 N. Sheffield Avenue
Above 2 photos - Ebay 
along with other night clubs in the area
This so-called sophisticated club (click on page link) was established in 1982 and was once located at 2934 N. Sheffield Avenue and currently no longer in the hood. According to past advertisements for various sources this establishment at this location offered "hundreds kind of champagnes" to its live-jazz loving patrons. I wish I had some interior photos - just say'in. Pops also owned Starbar, a bar aimed at a younger crowd;a cheaper alternative to Pops
Classical Music:
Lakeview Orchestra
Lakeview Orchestra is Chicago's newest community orchestra and has been hailed for 'committed and energetic performances' according to Chicago Classic Review.
This orchestras was founded in 2013, the orchestra is dedicated to engaging and entertaining audiences through compelling performances. Lakeview Orchestra presents more concerts each year than any other community orchestra in Chicago, and regularly combines the orchestral repertoire with interdisciplinary presentations such as dance, video, and theater - Website
dress rehearsal at Nettlehorst Elementary 2015
The goals of this organization are for more concerts and more brainstorming in methods to convert more people to classical music. According to a Classical MPR contributor "Even though I have played hundreds and hundreds of concerts, there are few times I remember being overcome with emotion". They have a presence on Facebook
also photos from their first concert at Holy Trinity Church.
A Precursor Group Formed in 1929

Post Notes:
More on Medusa's
a scholarly report
the link between the social experiment called NewTown and the reality that is Boystown
by Christinae Feldman-Barrett
via Carter O'Brien
(click to enlarge)

Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!