thanks for your kind note about this year's Revels at the Quadrangle
Club ("Chicago Journal,"April/01).
have one thing wrong, however, and it is serious enough to warrant
a correction. You say that the performance was by a "U of
C faculty-and-staff-only troupe." No. In fact a very large
fraction of those performing have no connection with the University.
They were non-University members of the club and some of their
this is more important that you may think. It is a common misconception
that the Quadrangle Club is the University's faculty club. It
isn't. It is a private entity, initiated by the University in
the 1890s, and by the time it was two years old its statutes made
clear that it was to have a membership much broader than University
people. Many of our members are non-University Hyde Parkers, and
a fair number come from outside Hyde Park, and even, if you can
believe it, outside Chicago, and outside
you name it.
is extremely important to us that the club serve the University,
but also a wider community. In fact, with the Preservation Ball,
just held April 28, 2001, we have initiated the 1155 Fund, with
the generous help of the Howard Van Doren Shaw Society (Shaw was
the architect who built the club's building), a large-scale effort
to restore and improve the club building and to make the club
an even more significant presence in Chicago's cultural scene.
We already make our sleeping rooms and other facilities available
very widely, requiring only that a member sponsor whoever needs
us, and we can put anyone who is interested in touch with a member.
for paying attention to us, and noting what we're up to. We look
forward to appearing in your pages often.
President, The Quadrangle Club