The South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916.
With its magnificent country club-like interior, this facility is housed prominently on a 58 acre site that includes grandiose ballrooms, a nine-hole golf course, meeting rooms, lighted tennis courts, a beach, an art gallery, horse stables, the Parrot Cage restaurant, and the Washburn Culinary Institute.
Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists.
Today, the South Shore Cultural Center offers many arts and recreational programs, some of which are partnerships with various arts groups (see below). With its opulent beauty, this site is a sought-after venue for weddings, special events, meetings, and recreational activities. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama selected the historic building for their wedding reception more than a decade ago.
The building is currently being renovated and remains open during construction. Visitors can feast their eyes on new carpet, furniture, lamps and paint. The building will soon have new drapes, artwork and floral arrangements. Additionally, the theater will get new paint and hardwood floors, and there will also be an additional gallery space.