Historical Society thanks Hairston


To the Editor:

On behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), I want to express our deep gratitude to Ald. Leslie Hairston and her chief of staff, Kimberly Webb, for their assistance on Oct. 18.

The HPHS had long planned to be part of this year’s Open House Chicago (OHC) scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, featuring our historic cable car building and previewing our exhibit of Nancy Hays’ photographs.  When making the final arrangements for the event, HPHS discovered Friday afternoon that the city had posted “No Parking“ signs on both sides of Lake Park Avenue between 55th and 56th streets  because of planned resurfacing.

HPHS had no prior notice of this activity, which would have effectively prevented the Society’s participation in Open House Chicago.  Although it was late Friday afternoon, and the alderman’s office was closed, Kimberly Webb immediately responded, and worked throughout Friday evening to remedy the situation.

By Saturday morning, the resurfacing had been rescheduled and HPHS was open and ready to welcome OHC visitors.  Over 300 visitors from all over the city came to see our historic building.

Thank you, Leslie and Kimberly, for going the extra mile for your constituents at the Hyde Park Historical Society!


Michal Safar,

HPHS President.