The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) welcomes you to explore the vibrant and beautiful community of South Shore, located on the lakefront, 9 miles south of the Loop. The neighborhood grew up around the Illinois Central Railroad tracks and originally flourished around the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Between the two world wars, it experienced a building boom as a result of the South Shore Country Club, which brought Chicago's affluence to the South Side.
In recent years, residents have fought to preserve the rich historical and architectural legacy and are actively working to create a community of the future. These passionate and committed individuals want to share the story of their neighborhood with you.
The South Shore Chamber, Inc. is the primary program partner in the neighborhood. In addition to the Chamber, CAF works in collaboration with the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI), ABJ Community Services and the 7th Ward Real Estate Committee.