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Miss Montrose Beach, 1963, Chicago.

Miss Montrose Beach, 1963, Chicago.

Sand filling and breakwater construction under way with Montrose Beach taking shape, looking west from Montrose (center), 1932, Chicago.

Sydney Marovitz golf course can be seen to the left.

Sand filling and breakwater construction under way with Montrose Beach taking shape, looking west from Montrose (center), 1932, Chicago.

Sydney Marovitz golf course can be seen to the left.

Loading artillery during anti-aircraft maneuvers at Montrose Beach, 1952, Chicago.

Loading artillery during anti-aircraft maneuvers at Montrose Beach, 1952, Chicago.

Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but it has been a sad week here for Calumet 412.

We lost our beloved best friend and baby girl on Wednesday.

As part of our healing process, I wanted to share with all of you the story of Emma, who was truly a Chicago dog.

Living in California 12 and a half years ago, we had been looking for a pet to rescue. It wasn’t long when our friend back in Chicago called and told us that she had found the perfect dog for us.

Janice had been on walk near her office when she came upon a group of kids playing with a puppy. She approached the group and asked whose puppy it was. The kids said that she didn’t belong to anyone, and that they planned on teaching her to fight. Janice sprung into action and immediately said that she would give them $30 dollars for her. The kids weren’t interested and ran off, leaving the puppy for Janice to scoop up.

We flew to Chicago and brought the 8 1/2 week old baby girl, who we would name Emma, back to California, where she would live with us for 2 years until we came back to Chicago.

Once in Chicago, Emma’s favorite place would become Montrose Beach, where we were lucky enough to live just steps away from. She was an amazing swimmer and could dig deeper in the sand than any other dog.

She also loved going to see the geese at North Pond, take long strolls in the park south of Irving Park, enjoy the view from Promontory Point and in the winter go to the almost always deserted Foster Beach. The first accumulation of the season was always a treat, Emma making sure to promptly bury her face in the cold snow.

For 10 and a half years, Emma loved Chicago and its people loved her, always stopping us on her walks to tell us how beautiful she was and how cute her ears were.

Emma, you will never be forgotten and always live in a huge part of our hearts.

We love you dearly.

A+D

P.S. - Also wanted to give a big thanks to the folks at Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, especially Dr. Barbara Royal, for being so amazing during Emma’s life in Chicago.

Montrose Beach Concession, 1964, Chicago. Jay King

Montrose Beach Concession, 1964, Chicago. Jay King

Creating Montrose Point and Montrose Beach via landfill and dredging, 1932, Chicago.
You can make out Montrose and Wilson stretching west.
It is remarkable to see how urban developers were able to drastically change the landscape. 80 years later, the land in these areas is still unstable which is most apparent after a rain or a thaw. The ground is like walking on a sponge.

Creating Montrose Point and Montrose Beach via landfill and dredging, 1932, Chicago.

You can make out Montrose and Wilson stretching west.

It is remarkable to see how urban developers were able to drastically change the landscape. 80 years later, the land in these areas is still unstable which is most apparent after a rain or a thaw. The ground is like walking on a sponge.

Enjoying water melon at Montrose Beach, 1951, Chicago. Wallace Kirkland.

Enjoying water melon at Montrose Beach, 1951, Chicago. Wallace Kirkland.