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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.
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