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.
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.