History of South Haven
More than a century ago South Haven, Michigan was famous as a summer destination resort, nicknamed “The Hamptons of Chicago”. Primarily a kosher Jewish resort, the Chicago Jewish community traveled across Lake Michigan in steamships and railroad to spend long summers on South Haven’s beaches. They enjoyed the finest entertainment of the day at stylish resort pavilions and casinos. The local community historically worked in shipping, lumber and agricultural industries, as steamships carried cargo from the bustling, working harbor to the world.
Today South Haven is a vibrant, year round community with shopping, dining, and entertainment too. The Black River Harbor is home to 1000s of recreational and fishing boats. Agriculture and tourism now go hand in hand, the local fruit farms, Farmer’s Markets and wineries are popular attractions for visitors. The sandy, sunset beach, the iconic pier and lighthouse, the beautiful Riverfront Park and season-long festivals continue to make South Haven a popular summer destination.