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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. 


Take a walking tour of this historic community, led by current residents.

Join us on a walk through decades of architectural riches, history, and visions for tomorrow. Meet the people — past and present — who make South Shore one of the most dynamic and interesting communities in Chicago.

Visit the South Shore Walking Tours page for more info >>





Celebrate the people, places, and historic buildings that make the South Shore community a true gem of Chicago's South Side. For more information about this tour, call Krisann Rehbein at 312-922-3432 ext. 272.



CAF has partnered with the Chicago Public Schools and the South Shore community on a summer internship program. Teens designed a storefront tour visitor’s center at 1831 E. 71st Street which will serve as the departure point for the South Shore tours. See the Tour Center>



Neighborhood Voices South Shore is supported in part by an award from the Chicago Community Trust.

Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works, Northern Trust Charitable Trust, Illinois Humanities Council and a generous donation in memory of Ted Peterson, chairman of the board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 1994-1995.



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