CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE AERIAL – VIEW OF NORTH END ALONG LAKE – DATE UNKNOWN – FROM SKYSCRAPER PAGE SITE   Leave a comment

SOUTH SHORE AERIAL - VIEW OF SOUTH END ALONG LAKE - DATE UNKNOWN - FROM SKYSCRAPER PAGE SITE

This picture ends on the right side around 71st Street, the complex, low-rise building near the point into the lake being the old South Shore Country Club, now an institution called the Chicago Cultural Center.

The great bulk of my South Shore is out of this frame, to the right, the shopping streets 75th and 79th and the many blocks of apartments between them.

71st Street in its heyday was fairly elegant in spots with many nice shops, two big movie theaters (the Hamilton and the Jeffery), many restaurants, and professional offices.

The line of parkland to the left of the old South Shore Country Club denotes South Shore Drive. The buildings along the bottom of the Drive reflect Chicago’s days of grandeur in the early 20th century as a beach/vacation resort location (before Florida developed and in the wake of the amazing construction of Chicago’s 22 miles of parkland and beaches along the lake at the turn of the 19th century), including elegant old hotels and apartment hotels along the lake front, a kind of development which continued further north along the lake front. Some of these places were once the locations of ballrooms and fine restaurants.

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