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There are thousands of lakes in the north woods, but the most famous one is a stone's throw from Illinois.

Lake Geneva has been the favorite retreat of Chicago folks for 150 years, and everybody who was anybody had a place there: the Wrigleys, Maytags and Schwinns, but also cartoonists, actors, brewers and bottle-cap makers.

Geneva will seem citified to people who vacation on woodland lakes. There's a good reason to go there, though: It's entertaining to gawk at extreme wealth, and there's no better place to do it than Lake Geneva.

The rich built fabulous estates along the 20 miles of shoreline — French chateaus, Tudor lodges, turreted Queen Annes and one Buddhist temple, formerly the Ceylon pavilion at the 1893 World's Fair.

Many are gone, but many remain, alongside newer homes that are bigger and more resplendent than the originals.

In 2009, Lake Geneva was named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which cited its "historical spectrum of American residential architecture.''
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I know there are many homeless people but reading through about these fabulous properties - so many were the result os people who became fabulously wealthy through hard work; who started at the bottom.
Only 2% of the millionaires in the UK (excluding lottery winners) went to University - 98% have made it through the same hard work as Mr Wrigley, Maytag etc. It's finding the idea and making it work

I think Al Capone had a house on Lake Geneva.
7 09 15


Amen to that Jan.


This one is very ornate, thanks Lyndee. Such a lot of money for a holiday homes! Doesn't seem right does it, especially when some people are homeless. Hugs.

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