IN Dunes

Opening Reception Sep 9th, 5-7pm Aaron Melendez grew up in NW Indiana surrounded by the contrasting scenery of industry versus natural landscape. As a child, he loved replicating his interests meticulously, drawing from novels, cartoons, comics books, and more. After joining the Marine Corps, he trained classically at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, …

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Chicago World's Fair

1935 Chicago World’s Fair

The Century of Progress Exposition was conceived in an atmosphere of economical, political, and social crisis. The Fair assumed National importance during the Great Depression. Because of the vision of Robert Bartlett, Beverly Shores was the recipient of the five Worlds Fair houses on Lakefront Drive and the replicas of he Colonial Village. The village …

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Beaches and Old Resorts

In 1929, Fredrick Bartlett, one of Chicago’s largest real estate developers, purchased 1400 acres on the shores of Lake Michigan. He wanted to create a resort community like the ones in Florida. Tourists were brought to the newly constructed area via the South Shore commuter train. There were many resorts available to house the vacationers …

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Beverly Shores Erosion


Opening June 11th, 2021 5-7pm Disappearing beaches are not new to Beverly Shores; it’s a pattern that has recurred ever since the land for the town was purchased by Fred Bartlett in 1929. From 1951 on, The Depot Museum has records and photographs to the present day. Visit the Virtual Exhibit In Their Words