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Chicago Club (Chicago Summer Resort)

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Chicago Summer Resort
1880. From the intersection of Prospect St. and E. Dixon Ave. northeast to Cherry St. and southeast to Round Lake

Members of the First Congregational Church of Chicago established the Chicago Summer Resort, the present-day Chicago Club, on the north side of the Pine River Channel overlooking Lake Charlevoix. A stock company was incorporated in June 1881. Shares sold at $100 each. To accommodate the stockholders and their families, a large Stick Style clubhouse containing twenty-seven bedrooms, sitting rooms, and a large dining room was built immediately in the center of the newly cleared grounds. Although it has lost its landmark belvedere, the building still displays its broad two-story wraparound veranda and stick ornamentation. Large summer homes were built on the forty-acre terraced and wooded site around the hotel. Roads through the grounds are private, but a drive to the end of E. Dixon Avenue affords a good view of some of the summer homes in the Chicago Club.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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