South Shore Books Look At the History of a Chicago Neighborhood

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Pictures from South Shore's Past

Carl's Red Hots!


South Shore Cultural Center QTVR


St. Brides

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South Shore Country Club

In the early 1950s, a photographer named Hugh Celander opened a small studio on 79th Street in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. For the next twenty years he documented the people, places and events of the area. Today, more than 200 of these photos have been collected in a book, Chicago's South Shore.

Select photos from the book are presented here, along with a number of views not included in the book. Some of the oldest photos date from before 1900, some are from the 1950s and 60s, and others were taken in 1999. Altogether, a century of South Shore is represented. Follow the links to explore the neighborhood.

Were you a member? Or, did you always wonder what was behind the gate? Has the Park District owned the property for as long as you can remember? This pictorial by William Krueger opens the door on the past of this colorful neighborhood institution.

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The Wee Folks Toy Store is featured in a new book by Caryn Amster, daughter of the shop's late owner.

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