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We have passed by this beautiful Italianate building for years on our way from Chicago back home when we take the Lake Shore Drive/route 41 option and we always remark that we should stop in someday to see what's there. Well, today was that day and it is an incredible building not only on the exterior but on the interior as well.
As you pull up, you can see the beautiful garden in front and the surrounding 9 hole golf course. The building is open to the public, there was a wedding going on so we only got to peek into the grand ballroom but the Solarium was open for viewing as was the main hallway. Out back, you can see Lake Michigan.
The building was originally the South Shore Country Club, built in 1906 as a play ground for Chicago's rich and famous. In the 1960s, the building was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In 1974 it was purchased by the Chicago Park District and is now used for park district programs and the occasional social function.
There's a restaurant inside the building, the Parrot Cage, which is run by the Washburne Culinary Institute. It would be a great place to have dinner when the sun is still out as you'd have a great view of Lake Michigan.
The attached website has some cool old photos from the Chicago Daily News.
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