We fantasize about the ideal of the “salon”: the imaginatively designed city home filled with fascinating people, with great artists sharing their talents in intimate private settings. For most of us, though, such gatherings are the stuff of Vanity Fair articles, the forbidden fruit of a privileged few. Fredda Hyman and her husband, Sidney, however, created an open-to-the-public classical music series in their West Loop home, Music in the Loft, which made such patrician partaking open to anyone with a passion for the arts and a courtesy for the environs in which it was presented (a home!). Fredda Hyman passed away earlier this month, leaving the future of her beloved creation uncertain at best and without its guiding spirit at the very least.
Best of Chicago 2011