When searching online for a home in the Chicago area, we discovered an amazing place. South Shore has two pristine waterfront parks, two golf courses, excellent public transportation and a wealth of handsome single family homes and gorgeous, spacious condos and co-op apartments. In a way, the infrastructure here has been frozen in time, partly by changing demographics, but, more importantly by community activism. Art Deco buildings, Chicago Bungalows and three-flats as well as homes built in the late 19th century line the streets and avenues. The clubhouse and grounds of the old South Shore Country Club, now the South Shore Cultural Center, a Chicago Public Park, grandly cornerstone this community. Historic Preservation, or at the very least, restraint in the "gut-rehabbing" of historic properties was an important consideration in our home search. We wanted to be near walking paths along a waterway. We wanted more than we thought we could afford. That was until we found South Shore.
The first five entries is like a preface: the story of how we came here. From then on, I hope to share stories of extraordinary people we have come to know, histories we've learned about, community challenges that concern us and events and experiences that fill our lives, as we "retire" in the south side of Chicago.