JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – HYDE PARK CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – 5131 UNIVERSITY AVE ENTRANCE DETAIL – OUR LAST APARTMENT IN HYDE PARK – A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO   1 comment

CHUCKMAN_5131 UNIVERSITY AVE ENTRANCE DETAIL - OUR LAST APARTMENT IN HYDE PARK

TAKEN APRIL, 1967

ENTRANCE DETAIL FROM 5131 UNIVERSITY AVE, HYDE PARK. WE LIVED ON THE FIRST FLOOR JUST OVER DOOR.

THIS WAS A BACHELOR APARTMENT WITH NO BEDROOM AND A MURPHY BED IN THE SMALL LIVING ROOM. IT HAD BEEN OUR AUNT’S APARTMENT BEFORE SHE MOVED TO SOUTH SHORE.

DESPITE ITS SIZE, WE WERE HAPPY SINCE OUR PREVIOUS APARTMENT AT 1311 E HYDE PARK BLVD (A BUILDING LONG AGO TORN DOWN) WAS PRETTY MUCH A MENAGERIE OF MICE, WATERBUGS, AND OTHER CRITTERS. THERE WERE RATS IN THE AREA BEHIND THE BUILDING THAT WE SOMETIMES WATCHED FROM THE BACK WINDOW.

THIS WAS A MOVE OF JUST A FEW BLOCKS IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD, YET THE POLICIES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION THEN SAID YOU ABSOLUTELY HAD TO GO TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL IF YOU CROSSED ONE OF THEIR ARBITRARY BOUNDARIES.

FOR THAT REASON, MY MOTHER HAD ME KEEP QUIET ABOUT THE MOVE AT SCHOOL (KENWOOD BRANCH IN TEMPLE AT 51ST AND GREENWOOD). BUT THEY SOON FOUND OUT, AND I WAS SHIPPED OFF TO KOZMYNSKI, A TERRIBLE SCHOOL THAT EVEN THEN HAD A BAD REPUTATION.

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One response to “JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – HYDE PARK CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – 5131 UNIVERSITY AVE ENTRANCE DETAIL – OUR LAST APARTMENT IN HYDE PARK – A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO

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  1. From here you would be “around the corner” from the Obamas on Greenwood (across the street from KAM.)

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