You might know by now that I enjoy knitting and belong to several knitting groups. Its fun to knit and share conversation that knitting groups offer. Today I attended a new knitting group that meets in the Washington Park neighborhood.
Washington Park, in 1966, was on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the South side of Chicago. The large park was named after George Washington in 1880. In the 19th century was home to European Irish and German railroad workers and meatpackers. Washington Park is 7 miles for the downtown Chicago know as the “loop”.
In the 1920s, the University of Chicago created the community area system of city subdivision with the current names that continue to be used today which is just to the East of Washington Park. (UIC is where (last Friday) Donald Trump’s rally was besieged by paid protestors). By the 1930’s the area rapidly changed from European American to African American. Click for an article on UIC 50th Anniversary celebration.
The only time I was at UIC was for a tennis match where Chris Evert and Jimmy Conener played in. I am a huge tennis fan and is really the only sport I watch! It was just before Chris and Jimmy broke their engagement in the 80’s.
Some of the highlights in Washington Park is the Fountain of Time.
Sculptor Loredo Taft’s 1922 Fountain of Time features a 26-foot-tall figure of Father. This beautiful fountain has a rich history and has been a part of Chicago for 90 years. Dedicated to the city in 1922, this beautiful work of steel reinforced concrete was built to memorialize one hundred years of piece between Great Britain and the United States. The fountain depicts one hundred characters all passing before Father Time, who stands in the cent
The Washington Park Field House sits adjacent to the park’s aquatic center. It was designed by Daniel L. Burnham and built in 1891.
As mentioned Washington Park (neighborhood and park) are both named for the first American president, George Washington. In this statue Washington is immortalized as a Revolutionary War general. The sculptor, Daniel Chester French, is better known for his seated Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
The DuSable Museum of African American History presents African American history, culture, and art. The museum is named for Chicago’s first permanent resident, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a fur trader of French and African descent who was Chicago’s first non-native settler. DuSable built a homestead at the mouth of the Chicago River around 1779.
The knitting group meets every Saturday 10:00 to 12:00 at The Currency Exchange Café which is a Washington Park coffee house and restaurant in a storefront that formerly housed a currency exchange. The “currency exchange” sign was left when the building closed and kept when the café and adjoining gallery and artist space opened. Its part of the artist Theaster Gates’s multifaceted effort to revitalize and build community on the South Side.
The back side of the cafe where the original Western Union Station is now being used as bookshelves.
These are just a few of the ladies from the knitting group. There were 17 ladies in all and I really enjoyed them. There was a great “spirit” within the group that attracted me. They let me know about a large knitting guild, Hyde Park Knitting Guild that meets the third Sunday of every month (50 members). That I’ll be going to on the 20th.
Chilaquiles with scramble or eggs over easy! So good and so is the other soul food that is served.
Other than going to the doctors on Tuesday this was the first time I went out in nearly a month. There’s been a little improvement but not where I want to be.
Also on Saturday, Mr. C’s had a milestone birthday…a BIG one, 70th! He won’t let me take a picture because he doesn’t like how he looks. He’s always comes across quite stiff in photos. We went out to dinner and enjoyed the day.
Hoping you all are feeling good and enjoying your weekend.