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Promontory Point

View Map5491 South Shore Dr., Chicago
Tel: (312) 747-6624
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Editorial Review of Promontory Point

Currently the scene of a fierce battle for survival, Promontory Point serves as a community focal point and one of its most prized landmarks. A rocky peninsula that provides the perfect place to gaze across the lake or sunbathe on a summer afternoon, the Point is currently under the eye of the Park District, which has announced plans to encase the area in a seawall.

The ferocity with which locals have moved to save the Point should tell you how much it's treasured. Dotted with bike paths, a fountain and a fieldhouse, it was designed by Alfred Caldwell in the Prairie School Style of architecture and opened in 1937. With a ring of terraced stone steps leading into the lake, it seems like a natural extension of its surroundings. It's even beautiful in winter, when it takes on a frosted appearance with the first snowfall of the year.

Centerstage Reviewer: Patrick Sisson

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