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"Prairie Avenue Historic District" South Side Highlights Tip by sambarnett

South Side Highlights, Chicago: 4 reviews and 6 photos

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by sambarnett

In the late 19th century Chicago's wealthy elite called Prairie Avenue home. The nearby Levee district, notorious for its brothel and drug houses (patronized mainly by cops and politicians) and a worker's protest march, which saw disgrunted proletariets actually ringing the doorbells of their employers, egging them to come out, caused Chicago's elite to look for a slice of the good life elsewhere.
   The 20th century saw a quick decline, as mansion after mansion fell to commercial interests and the rich escaped north to the Gold Coast.
   Today the Prairie Avenue Historic District is an elegant peaceful respite from the bustle of the Loop and Near North, a mere two miles away. Please visit my detailed travelogue for more pictures and visiting information.


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  • Updated Jan 20, 2003
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