Fox Lake, nestled as it is in the the heart of the chain, has been one of the Chicago area's favorite recreation destinations for over 100 years. Starting in the late 1800s, wealthy sportsmen constructed clubs that sparked an era often referred to as the "resort heyday." An explosion of resorts and cottages beckoned tourists to come to hunt, fish, enjoy nature's gifts, or be entertained. In 1910, the Chicago Tribune referred to the area as the "Vice Capital," noting the openness of gambling, saloons, dance halls, and more. Through the magic of vintage postcards, some of the ghosts of the past are brought to life in this bookscenery, structures, boats, and people gone but not totally forgotten.
About the Author
Longtime resident and community activist Paul J. Jakstas teamed with four other like-minded Fox Lake residents who share a passion for the area's history. Together they have sourced a unique collection of postcards, providing visual reminders of the lives, culture, and structures of the region, focused on the fi rst half of the 20th century. The individual team members have demonstrated a keen interest in the community as business owners, elected officials, and volunteers for civic and charitable activities.