Posted February 24, 2012 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized
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I know precisely where this is. I lived on the block to the right on the west side of the drive between 72nd and 73rd. On the east side of the street, about central in this photo, you can see the roof of a small house. If you look closely you’ll see that there is a fence surrounding the house and other small houses south of there. This is part of a section called The Colony. It was a cluster of run-down houses, mostly made of tar paper, that were left over from the Century of Progress in 1933. It was meant as temporary housing for the workers at the fair.
In the 50s the people that lived there were a variety of low-income families, artsy types from the U of C and others. The wooden fence and central gates were painted green so it was also called Green Gates. The people that lived there didn’t mind if we used their beach. There was a beach at the foot of 72nd Place too. This peaceful cove lay at the southern boundary of South Shore Country Club. We spent many a happy, sun-warmed afternoon there. The Colony was torn town a few years after this picture was taken. It was left as an empty lot surrounded by chain link for a time. Later an ugly high rise was built that is still there. The little cove was never the same.
Always nice to get some additional information for readers.
I couldn’t stay away. My husband I moved back to South Shore in 2007. We LOVE IT! We’re on the Lake. Rainbow Beach is to our south and as far as the lights at Navy Pier to our north. The enchantment is still here if you look for it. I take pictures of the flower gardens next to the tennis courts which were resurfaced last summer. Thank you for this site — I love it too!
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