Remembrances

The Promontory as a feature of Hyde Park where I live matters to me every day! I walk there alone and with friend. I swim there in the summer. To stand in the lake and look over to the buildings of downtown Chicago is exhilarating. I enjoy the changing colors of the water and sky; and this experience makes my life feel less fractured. That I can walk from where I live to the Promontory and feel this very beautiful and cared for intersection of the city with wind, water, and birds makes life in Hyde Park special and a real pleasure.

Jessica Stockholder

I’ve been going to the Point and enjoying it for ~ 60 years.  One visit comes to mind.  I was taking a photography course downtown about 49 years ago. I took my camera to the Point and was photographing the stones, the lake, and the people. The best photo was of a good looking young woman on the stones.  Except, amateur that I was I screwed up the lighting and shadows and couldn’t make out the face of the young woman.  When I took the photo downtown, my seat mate recognized the young woman as his girlfriend, a surprise for both of us. I gave him the photo, my first successful photograph.  

Howard Zar

I’ve been going to the Point and enjoying it for ~ 60 years.  One visit comes to mind.  I was taking a photography course downtown about 49 years ago. I took my camera to the Point and was photographing the stones, the lake, and the people. The best photo was of a good looking young woman on the stones.  Except, amateur that I was I screwed up the lighting and shadows and couldn’t make out the face of the young woman.  When I took the photo downtown, my seat mate recognized the young woman as his girlfriend, a surprise for both of us. I gave him the photo, my first successful photograph.  

Howard Zar

Remembrances

The Promontory as a feature of Hyde Park where I live matters to me every day! I walk there alone and with friend. I swim there in the summer. To stand in the lake and look over to the buildings of downtown Chicago is exhilarating. I enjoy the changing colors of the water and sky; and this experience makes my life feel less fractured. That I can walk from where I live to the Promontory and feel this very beautiful and cared for intersection of the city with wind, water, and birds makes life in Hyde Park special and a real pleasure.

Jessica Stockholder

I’ve been going to the Point and enjoying it for ~ 60 years.  One visit comes to mind.  I was taking a photography course downtown about 49 years ago. I took my camera to the Point and was photographing the stones, the lake, and the people. The best photo was of a good looking young woman on the stones.  Except, amateur that I was I screwed up the lighting and shadows and couldn’t make out the face of the young woman.  When I took the photo downtown, my seat mate recognized the young woman as his girlfriend, a surprise for both of us. I gave him the photo, my first successful photograph.  

Howard Zar

I’ve been going to the Point and enjoying it for ~ 60 years.  One visit comes to mind.  I was taking a photography course downtown about 49 years ago. I took my camera to the Point and was photographing the stones, the lake, and the people. The best photo was of a good looking young woman on the stones.  Except, amateur that I was I screwed up the lighting and shadows and couldn’t make out the face of the young woman.  When I took the photo downtown, my seat mate recognized the young woman as his girlfriend, a surprise for both of us. I gave him the photo, my first successful photograph.  

Howard Zar

I’ve been going to the Point and enjoying it for ~ 60 years.  One visit comes to mind.  I was taking a photography course downtown about 49 years ago. I took my camera to the Point and was photographing the stones, the lake, and the people. The best photo was of a good looking young woman on the stones.  Except, amateur that I was I screwed up the lighting and shadows and couldn’t make out the face of the young woman.  When I took the photo downtown, my seat mate recognized the young woman as his girlfriend, a surprise for both of us. I gave him the photo, my first successful photograph.  

Howard Zar

For the Waltz family the Point has always been important. It is our piece of Lake Michigan in the concrete jungle. 

Waltz Family

The point is my go to place, no matter what the wind or the weather.  It’s never the same two days in a row and Its beauty never fails to buoy flagging spirits no matter what it’s mood or mine.

Kate Morrison

Lake Michigan, soothed by the gentle breezes of summer and stirred into fury by wintry gales, has graced Chicago's doorstep for longer than anyone can remember.  Lake Michigan provides us with sustenance, temperature modulation, serenity, and beauty.  More than a century ago Daniel Burnham wrote' "The lakefront by right belongs to the people.  It is a living thing, delighting man's eye and refreshing his spirit."  

Placing Promontory Point on the National Register of Historic Places recognizes individuals who spent many hours working to preserve this precious place.  They deserve the gratitude of Hyde Parkers and all of Chicago. 

Frances and Peter Vandervoort

Cookouts, picnics, frisbees, tossing kongs for Frango, kicking soccer balls, laying on the rocks, cavorting with kids wearing water wings, swimming to the buoys. Fireworks. Summers applauding the self-appointed Mayor of the Point cleaning moss off the best entry rock; watching George wheel his kayak over;Tom, his wind-sail; Connie (tanned the color of his cigar), his daughters in their wagon.  Proudly showing off our Third Coast to amazed friends from Boston and California.  Enjoying hundreds of sunsets and quiet moments on the Winter family bench.

Whether starting the day with a swim and a thermos of coffee, or ending it with a cool walk, the Point was ever a huge part of what has made Hyde Park a wonderful home.

Barbara Willard

In the summers of 1958 and ’59, while I was an undergrad, there was a running host-less party for a week or so, on a couple of the limestone blocks at the The Point, with the stated purpose of marking the birthdays of several people who had discovered they were all born within a certain period of early August (2nd through 12th?  My birthday is the 9th.).  The birthday folks included a wide range of backgrounds and personalities, as it was common in those days for there to be easy communication and friendship among Hyde Park people of all ages, backgrounds, and academic disciplines. 

 

There was a leisurely coming and going of people congratulating any birthday celebrants who happened to be around, greeting other friends, and making new acquaintances; partaking of the randomly supplied provisions (including some delicious home-baked goodies — but I’m pretty sure no drugs, not even any marijuana); and to indulging in general Hyde Park communion (i.e., everything from personal gossip to sports or politics to Plato).

 

People came and went over those few days — some just dropping by for a few minutes; some engaging in hours-long visiting and discussion; some even staying overnight (Imagine that today!), sleeping on the rocks and appreciating the glorious sunrise.  There was some swimming and sunbathing (oiled up to intensify the rays, this being before general awareness that they should instead be partially blocked out).  Some people were oblivious to the military equipment nearby; for others, it was the focus of discussion.

Marta Nichols 

Promontory Point Conservancy

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