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Forgotten Chicago's Shoreline Motels

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 15, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Eric last modified Sep 14, 2012

Patrick Steffes sends word that the researchers at Forgotten Chicago have recently published the second in a four-part series of Chicago’s long-forgotten Shoreline Motels, which were once a glamorous part of Chicago’s hospitality industry close to, or facing, the Lake Michigan shoreline. More after the jump... Little studied, poorly documented, and now over 75% demolished, these often-luxurious motels were just a hazy memory for those who remember them in their heyday—until now. The latest post...




 

 

Tropicana MotelPatrick Steffes sends word that the researchers at Forgotten Chicago have recently published the second in a four-part series of Chicago’s long-forgotten Shoreline Motels, which were once a glamorous part of Chicago’s hospitality industry close to, or facing, the Lake Michigan shoreline. More after the jump...

Little studied, poorly documented, and now over 75% demolished, these often-luxurious motels were just a hazy memory for those who remember them in their heyday—until now. The latest post focuses in-depth on these motels from the Rogers Park to Uptown communities.

Tempting travelers with sun-and-fun names like Tides, Tropicana and Sands, some of these motels may seem more appropriate for Miami Beach than along our often-chilly shoreline. Recently discovered renderings, photos and ephemera, some not seen in decades, illustrate this long-gone era when many motels were (at least initially) independent, very site-specific (any guess which corner the Sheridan-Chase Motel stood?), and reflected the often quirky, period, and optimistic tastes of their local developers and architects.  Be sure to read more about these almost forgotten Shoreline Motels here and here.

Image via Patrick Steffes/Forgotten Chicago



 

 

 
 
 

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