South Shore

South Shore

Flanked by 2 expansive parks, including the Lake Michigan shore, this Chicago neighborhood is rife with wonder. Towering single family homes, brick multi-family buildings and mid-century mid-rises line the streets, as the railway and Lake Shore Drive form the community arteries.

Food, music, and fashion are found throughout the South Shore neighborhoods. The ground-level Metra Electric provides a unique transportation option making the neighborhood super accessible; four beaches along the lakefront offer recreational space; and the still-very-posh cultural center is the epicenter of art and music in the community.

Nearby Jackson Park was home to the 1893 Columbian Exhibition, making post-fire Chicago a special place on the map. Beautiful, rich homes and an exclusive country club were built. Eventually, that gave way to a much more community minded population- invested in the community with arts, music, philanthropic work and a general sense of fun.

Whatever you are looking for, you can surely find it in South Shore- but here’s a quick guide:


  • Majani Vegan Soul
    Fast casual restaurant serving up some tasty vegan soul food.
  • Surf’s Up
    If you are looking for southern style fried catfish and cheesy grits, you can stop now.
  • The Foodie’s Spot
    A medley of everything good and vegetarian at this fast casual restaurant.
  • Mary Jane Cafe
    This CBD cafe will wow you with their tasty treats!
  • Good Foods Vegan
    More than a deli, this little cafe is also a health center to help educate.


  • Iconic Rush
    A women’s urban boutique with all the styles- the denim is where it’s at.
  • The Artisan Collective
    A hosted bazaar with a collection of local artists selling their wares.
  • The Shop 147
    This men’s boutique has some of the best threads around, and lots of shoes!
  • Fashion Mod
    Clothing, Footwear, Handbags, styling shades. This little shoppe has it all!
  • Rosebud’s Reflections
    Get your next statement jewelry at this amazing stocked boutique.


  • House of Music
    A low-key records store specializing in hip hop, R&B, soul, jazz, and blues.
  • Club Escape
    House music, drag shows, fancy cocktails, and great DJs. This place is always fun!
  • Hyde Park School of Music
    This all ages school of music will bring out the maestro in anyone!
  • South Shore Opera Company
    A collective that showcasing contemporary sides to classic opera.
  • The Quarry
    Friday nights are always full of blues, jazz, spoken word and African drumming.

Things to Do

  • Jackson Park
    Park boasting a full golf course, Japanese garden, nature preserve, and 3 beaches!
  • Rainbow Beach
    This city beach offers dunes, a restaurant, and an excellent view of the city.
  • Studio Yogi
    Sound cleanses, mellow flows, and regular vinyasa are found at this new age studio.
  • Steelworker’s Park
    A lakeside park featuring steel mill ruins, prairie paths and a climbing wall.
  • Bronzeville Children’s Museum
    A fun and interactive experience with workshops and exhibits.


  • South Shore Cultural Center
    This historic fieldhouse hosts music, comedy, films, and more.
  • Lys Arts
    Art gallery dedicated to showcasing local experimental art- from textiles to paint.
  • Pink Giraffe Arts Studio
    This arts center features classes for pottery, painting and crafting!
  • ETA Creative Arts
    This foundation hosts performance classes, jazz, open mic, and comedy.
  • Muntu Dance
    A program bringing the dance of Africa to Chicago with classes and shows.

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