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Several factors were involved in the growth of Geneva Lake as a resort for Chicago’s wealthy. First of all, in the 1870’s, numerous men from Chicago came here to hunt and fish, and their love of the area convinced them the Geneva Lake would be the ideal place to build a summer home.

Transportation was the second factor. The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad opened a line from Chicago to the Village of Lake Geneva on July 6, 1871. This allowed people to reach the area with ease.

The third and most important factor was the Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. Many of the families displaced by the fire actually escaped the burning of the city by getting on the train and coming up here to the lake.

Many of these people stayed here at the lake through the fall and winter of 1871-72, while they waited city homes to be rebuilt. Within a few years, when the city and its industries were back on their feet and money was available, more and more Chicagoans began selecting Geneva Lake for their summer getaways.

Even today you will find that about 80% of the summer residents here have roots in Chicago.

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Brie1648

Gorgeous - what a wonderful balcony to sit out on on a summer's evening...

lyndee

Thanks Janet for coming along. Not much small on this lake.

jan42ful

This one is also huge, Lyndee, and thanks for the great info too. hugs.

lyndee

I love to learn new things Lunie....too bad I can't remember them! :)

Dilubreuer

Thanks for that piece of history lyndee, learning is always a good thing!

lyndee

We could all fit inside this one pretty good and still have some privacy. Hurry up Gracie, start buying those lottery tickets!!!!

Graciela

I really want something like this now! Wait till I win the lottery, you'll get the first invitation Lyndee! (I dreaming now)

A whole town could live in that place.

pumpkinhead

You are providing us with a lot of good history, Lyndee.
I think I'm getting seasick though. Can we go ashore here for a while til I get my sea legs back?

cevas

Gorgeous!!! : ))))