Moving Forward With Determination

The South Shore community is a family oriented neighborhood located just southeast of the University of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Its entire coast line is green space and beaches, interrupted only by two blocks of modern apartment buildings. Parkland, golf courses and recreational centers are among the amenities that bring visitors to the community, of 61,283 residents.

The community takes pride in its rich tradition of support for the arts. It boasts three theaters, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, the Regal Theater and the Parrot Cage of the South Shore Cultural Center. The Cultural Center also serves as home for an art gallery featuring established adult artist, youth training in dance and other skills.

South Shore is a half-hour from the loop by METRA. Other access is from the Chicago Skyway and the Dan Ryan Expressway 2.5 miles to the west, rebuilt Stony Island Avenue, and Lake Shore Drive via Jeffery Boulevard. Visitors to South Shore Drive are treated to examples of some of Chicago’s finest architecture. Every major architectural style is represented; Prairies, Romanesque, Tudor, Gothic, Queen Ann, And Victorian Foursquare are found through-out the South Shore community and particularly in the Jackson Park Highland. The community is served by six distinct commercial areas, 71st street, 75th street, 79th street, Stony Island Avenue, Exchange Avenue, South Chicago Avenue, and the industrial corridor immediately south of the neighborhood. Most of the above mentioned strips have approval as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts. There are five neighborhood banks; four major grocery stores and a major meat produce facility with the busiest Starbucks in Illinois.

South Shore has three active and dedicated Aldermen pursuing every opportunity to improve and enhance their wards with innovative and creative initiatives to serve their constituents:

Alderman Leslie Hairston - 5th Ward
Alderman Greg Mitchell - 7th Ward
Alderman Michelle Harris - 8th Ward