South Shore

Chicago, Illinois

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Never as toney as other lakeside neighborhoods, South Shore has long been a middle-class refuge featuring excellent lakeshore views (the land bulging east means that you can easily look north to the bright lights of downtown). Many of the buildings date from the 1920s and 1930s when this neighborhood was home to a mix of white Protestants, Catholics and Jews. Like so many other parts of the city, South Shore had a deeply troubled racial transformation in the 1950s and 1960s, including riots at its beaches. Ironically, little has changed since the 1940s except the color of the residents’ skin. South Shore makes for a good lakeside walk. Revitalized park facilities take advantage of the stunning locations, and the community’s genteel roots are fully on display. In addition you can find surprises like one of Chicago’s many Blues Brothers locations and several now tranquil beaches for getting your feet wet. The walk touches on Jackson Park.

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"Never as toney as other lakeside neighborhoods, South Shore has long been a middle-class refuge featuring excellent lakeshore views (the land bulging east means that you can easily look north to the bright lights of downtown). Many of the buildings date from the 1920s and 1930s when this neighborhood was home to a mix of white Protestants, Catholics and Jews. Like so many other parts of the city, South Shore had a deeply troubled racial transformation in the 1950s and 1960s, including riots at its beaches. Ironically, little has changed since the 1940s except the color of the residents’ skin. South Shore makes for a good lakeside walk. Revitalized park facilities take advantage of the stunning locations, and the community’s genteel roots are fully on display. In addition you can find surprises like one of Chicago’s many Blues Brothers locations and several now tranquil beaches for getting your feet wet. The walk touches on Jackson Park."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018