Lining Chicago’s southern coast of Lake Michigan, the South Shore neighborhood is home to cultural landmarks and historical figures. Named South Shore in 1920, the area, although part of Chicago, was positioned as a suburb with large property and lots of lush landscaping. Streets are lined with architecturally significant representations of 19th-Century American Four-Square, Colonial Revival and Renaissance Revival homes as well as 20th-Century Prairie-style designs. The neighborhood is also home to the South Shore Cultural Center, a 1909 Mediterranean Revival style landmark listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Most notably, South Shore is the birthplace to First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Kanye West, Larry Ellison and James D. Watson.
In 1977, at the request of the Young Men’s Jewish Council, the Chicago Youth Centers’ (CYC) Board negotiated a merger to rescue another struggling agency—the South Shore Community Center. The center originated in 1954 and boasted a gymnasium, locker and shower rooms, kitchen, woodwork shop, arts and crafts room, games room, radio-electricity shop and photography room. Today, the center is named in honor of a Crown Family member. CYC – Rebecca K. Crown in South Shore offers well-trained youth-development specialists giving individual attention to children and teens to help them with academic achievement and social and life skills development. Each year, the center serves more than 500 children and teens. The center’s goal is to give members the tools, support and guidance they need to reach their full potential through the following age-specific programs:
CYC – Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center
7601 S. Phillips Avenue
Chicago, IL 60649
Director of Programs & Operations – Pilot Center
Child Care Director