Saturday, November 8, 2008

A New HP Hotel, Make an Olympic Video, & Strange Photographs

posted by chicago pop

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(Hyde Park Herald, November 5, 2008)

We Already Have a New Hotel!

A few readers have informed us that, Wait! There IS a new hotel in Hyde Park. It's just not an enormous national franchise like the Marriott. With rates ranging from $150 to $305/night, the Beadle Residences is a boutiquey hotel at 5140 S. Kenwood that was salvaged (so our reader tells us) from a failed conversion of what used to be a block of Section 8 housing.

The Beadle Residences

Here's their blurb on the neighborhood:

Hyde Park is a culturally rich, vibrant and diverse urban community located just seven miles from downtown Chicago. This unusual city neighborhood, with its winding, tree-lined streets and world class vintage architecture, is only a mile square yet retains a special importance for its eccentricities as much as its vision.

I'd watched this building go into rehab over the last few years, and wondered how this kind of architecture could be rescued. As it is presented on the website, they've done a nice job on the inside. Maybe there's hope for Skokie and Des Plaines, which are full of this stuff.

Olympic Video Contest

A contest is now underway for the best video promoting Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. The deadline is in late November (sorry for the late notice all you videographers!), but should you get your act together nonetheless, this is what I am told awaits you:

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Vancouver for a behind the scenes tour of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and have their video featured on NBC 5 News Today. Second place will win $5,000 worth of video production equipment of their choice.

We'll also be choosing one random lucky voter to win a trip for six to the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) headquarters in Colorado Springs to see the USOC's world-class training facilities, watch Olympians and Olympic hopefuls train and participate in a U.S. Olympic sport experience.

Check out the "Why Chicago" Video Contest Website, and maybe put another little piece of Hyde Park on YouTube.


nate said...

"You've got something in your... right there..."

Zig and Lou said...

Does it seem strange that in the photo they are doing construction near uncovered food?

Anonymous said...

That's what I thought too, Z&L. Pretty cool piece of equipment though. You could take down a few old HP dumps with one-o-those!

David Farley said...

Two for the caption contest:

"Die-hard Co-op member makes last-ditch desperate effort to stop Treasure Island."


"Police warn of unsubtle pickpockets operating in Hyde Park."

Blagica said...

With two weeks left, we encourage everyone in Chicago and beyond to make their own ‘Why Chicago’ video! Tell the world why you think Chicago should host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All you need is your webcam!

Winning prizes include $5,000 in video production equipment and a behind the scenes look at the 2010 Games – in Vancouver!

You can also win prizes just for voting on the submitted videos! One lucky winner and their friends will get a trip to the USOC headquarters in Colorado.

What are you waiting for? Tell us ‘Why Chicago!’

Blagica said...

The Five FInalists are here!

Vote for your favorite and be entered to win a trip to Colorado and visit the headquarters of the USOC!

Happy Voting
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