Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap opened in 1948. It was one of many Hyde Park bars at the time, and one of the few to survive urban renewal.
Sixteen Candles, performed by The Crests, became a doo-wop hit in 1958. The song’s sentimentalism is ideal for a punk guitar to rip apart.
In the 1980s, the superb flute and saxophone player Hanah Jon Taylor performed regularly at The Cove and the Hotel Del Prado in Hyde Park. In the 1990s he moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where in 2019 he opened Cafe Coda.
In the late 80s, The Grey City Journal staff also produced The Chicago Literary Review, a quarterly supplement to the Chicago Maroon.