Why we love it
One of the best parts of South Shore is, well, the shore. The area is home to a pristine stretch of lakefront, not to mention sweeping skyline views, eye-catching architecture, and rich cultural offerings.
Head to Rainbow Beach Park to get a sense of what South Shore has to offer. The gorgeous park features two parks, a community garden, and jaw-dropping views of Chicago. The beach itself is one of Chicago’s largest, and is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing in the summer.
Just north of Rainbow Beach Park, the South Shore Cultural Center is one of the neighborhood’s crown jewels. Housed in a former country club, the center is nestled on manicured, picnic-worthy grounds that include a nature sanctuary, a butterfly garden, and a nine-hole golf course.
Inside, you’ll find a rich array of cultural programming, a restaurant run by the in-house culinary institute, and a theatre that hosts a variety of community groups like the Court Theatre and South Shore Opera. The center was also the site of Barack and Michelle Obama’s wedding reception.
Get a glimpse of the area’s unique architecture in Jackson Park Highlands. This residential pocket features a hodgepodge of architectural styles and towering mansions. Don’t miss the striking Prairie-style home by Frank Lloyd Wright’s protege John S. Van Bergen (his only design in Chicago) at 7121 S. Paxton Ave.
Explore like a local
Walk through African American history at the Builders of the Cultural Present mural. Visit the Stony Island Arts Bank, a crumbling bank building transformed into a stunning cultural haven. Bring the kids to the Bronzeville Children’s Museum, the first and only African American children’s museum in the country.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter