From 1962 to 2000, Ciral’s House of Tiki was a popular late night hangout in Hyde Park. Its former location is now occupied by a luxury apartment tower.
In November of 1988, Grant Hart visited Chicago to see an exhibition of William S. Burroughs‘ Shotgun Paintings at the Klein Gallery and Prop Theater‘s adaptation of The Last Words of Dutch Schultz.
Sometime around the release of the William S Borroughs album Dead City Radio, the Chicago based ensemble Nihilator, performed a piece inspired by the story Ah Pook is Here.
Ken Dunn, founder of Hyde Park’s Resource Center, purchased a building
at 61st and Blackstone to redistribute discarded goods. In the 2000s,
as the Experimental Station, the same building became home to diverse
community activities, including a union drive.