Established in 2003, West Ridge Bungalow Neighbors is a voluntary group of neighbors in Chicago who desire to assist each other in preserving and appreciating the homes in our neighborhood; educating each other and the broader public in the value and the story of our neighborhood; and providing resources to each other to improve the quality of our homes, enrich our lives and assure our neighborhood's future.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Holiday lights in the 1920s

The whimsical packaging on this 1920s set of lights suggests that in addition to Christmas trees, they may also be used for May Parties, the 4th of July and what appears to be quite the Thanksgiving day hoe-down (click on image to enlarge).
For more info on 1920s holiday lighting, visit this cool website.
And, don't forget our own holiday shindig. There will not be a December WRBN meeting, but mark your calendar now for our Saturday, January 12th WRBN members-only holiday party! Your $15.00 (per family) 2008 dues payment is your ticket to the food and festivities. Invitations are on the way...

Polish Christmas Celebration on 12/4/07

International Visitors Center of Chicago Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

Join the IVCC staff, Board of Directors and members for a Polish Christmas Vigilia Celebration! Tuesday, December 4, 2007 6:00-8:00pm, Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 Enjoy the holiday exhibits including a turn-of- the-century replica of a traditional village hut and beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

The party will include Polish hors d'ouevres and desserts, wine and Polish holiday traditions including a Christmas Carol sing-along led by the museum staff! Mr. Jan Lorys, Director of the Museum (and WRBN member), will tell a special tale of Christmas in Poland!

Cost: IVCC Members, $25; Non-members, $30To RSVP, please contact Lexy Sobel by Friday, November 30th to (312) 254-1800 x102 or

Teco Pottery reproductions

Bring clean geometric shapes and rich color into your home with the Teco Art Pottery Collection™. The classic designs of the originals are maintained in these authentic reproductions of art pottery vases from the legendary 20th century studio. Made in the US with a water-tight, satin-finish glaze. Available from Room and Board. Read about the history of Teco Pottery here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Meet George S. May - West Ridge business founder and golfer extraordinaire

George S. May was born on a farm in Windsor, Ill., on June 5, 1890. Tilling the soil, however, held no attraction for the man who would become a management consulting pioneer. After four years of college, George S. May began his sales career selling bibles. Shortly thereafter, a friend, familiar with May's interest in mechanical and technical issues, offered him a job with a farm equipment manufacturer.

During the next decade, George S. May had to cope with the fluctuating economy of the early 1900s. He worked as a freelance consultant on a variety of short-term jobs, and was later hired for full-time work, but was laid off when economic conditions slowed.

By 1924, with a wife and family to care for, George S. May sent out letters to Chicago businesses, highlighting his knowledge and experience as a business problem solver. He obtained a consulting assignment with Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, the precursor of the Sunbeam Corporation, and with that first job, on February 1, 1925, the George S. May Company was born. The first May offices were located at 2620 W. Northshore, at the corner of Rockwell.

In addition to growing his own company, George S. May also contributed greatly to the game of golf. Now listed as one of Golf magazine's 100 heroes of American golf, George S. May staged a number of golf tournaments at his country club, Tam O' Shanter, throughout the 1940s and 50s. May is still lauded as one of golf's most preeminent promoters.

The George S. May International Company celebrated its 80th Anniversary in 2005 as the world's foremost management consulting firm to medium and small businesses, as well as large companies through the firm's major accounts program. Since its founding in 1925, the George S. May International Company has kept its focus on assisting companies to improve their business operations.

The history of the George S. May International Company is the history of business in the 20th Century. It is also the history of one of the nation's more successful family-owned companies.