'Southeast' Chicago is a place of great historical importance to the American 'Steelworking' industry (it is still the world's greatest steel-producing region today - extending through Northwest Indiana, with iron ore brought down the Great Lakes from Minnesota). Many proud and dedicated people contributed to the growth of the Steel Industry, a process that included conflicts and struggles which helped give birth to the American Labor Union movement.
In August, 2003, a community theater group presented a play - entitled "Unfriendly Fire" - to commemorate the "1937 Memorial Day Massacre." The cast included several former steelworkers, and it premiered in what was once the meeting hall of the United Steel Workers' Local 1033 (practically across the street from the Republic Steel Works entrance, where the actual historical event took place):
"The Zone" Community Center
(Formerly USWA Local 1033 Memorial Hall)
11731 S. Avenue 'O'
Chicago, Illinois 60617
Website link (below) is to:
"Southeast Chicago Historical Society"
Visit Lincoln Park, the largest and one of the most diverse urban parks in America. It stretches along the lakefront from North Avenue for several miles, and includes the charming historic Lincoln Park neighborhood along its southwest edge. The park is home to miles of sandy and rocky beaches, beautiful boat harbors, the fabulous Lincoln Park Zoo, rowing ponds, al fresco restaurants, theatre, golf, tennis, athletic fields, dog walking, girl watching, outdoor chess by the lake, biking, skating and walks that go on forever. Avoid at night.
We 1st visited Beverly probably around 20 years ago when we used to go out to Maple Tree Inn when it was located in Chicago on Western, we would drive down Longwood and gape at the beautiful mansions up on the ridge before heading to dinner. Once a year we would participate in the History/Mystery bicycle tour and then they stopped doing the bike ride, Maple Tree Inn moved to Blue Island and we stopped going to Beverly
So I was pleasantly surprised when Groupon had an offer for the The Beverly Area Planning Association’s (BAPA) History Mystery Bike Tour, they had revived it in 2009 after taking 10 years off. I was even more pleasantly surprised when we had a beautiful sunny 80 degree day in October. The bike ride is not timed, you fill out clue sheets while riding through the neighborhood, one year we even won a bicycle.
The southwest side neighborhood is filled with beautiful large homes in many American styles, Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial, Georgian, Art Moderne, Prairie Style, Chicago Bungalow, and more with buildings designed by well known architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, and Howard Van Doren Shaw.
I hope you're not in a hurry to get out of South Chicago. Traffic bottlenecks abounds: not only drawbridges, but also surface railway crossings.
Take a walk into Chinatown, try the 'local' food, the people are friendly, the atmosphere is very different from downtown Chicago.