Mid City Golf Course
Date: May 31, 2015 11:38PM
Once upon a time, the area between Western Avenue and the river and, roughly, between Revere Park and Addison was a golf course, Mid City. According to what I heard of the neighborhood history, that area was a clay pit and brick making area after the fire of 1871, then later, the city decided to fill the area with garbage and it became what is known as the Grace Street Dump. There are a few pictures of the Grace Street Dump on a Library of Congress website, but after the dump was closed, the area was re-purposed, covered with dirt, and made into Mid City Golf Course.
Now, this was way before my time and I can only remember stories my Dad told me, that the course abutted the south end of Revere Park and Dad told me that errant shots sometimes landed on the Revere Park side of the fence and kids would ransom the balls for the golfers for 5 or 10 cents. He said that the clubhouse was on the Southwest corner of Western and Grace, where a Illinois Bell/Ameritech building now stands. My earliest memory of that area is standing on the East side of Western with my Dad, watching the foundation for that building being dug about 1957. I also remember playing out in the area that is now WGN studios on Bradley Place and playing on what must have once been a green and sand traps, but that's pretty vague after these many years.
I have searched in vain for any information about this course, there seems to be no photographs, written information, or much of anything to document its existence; does anything, a photograph, a scorecard, exist to give an idea of what it might have looked like?