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Facade of Trumbull School on Foster Avenue, 1908
Delivery wagons next to Gengler store on Summerdale at Clark, 1902
1908 building on Clark at Balmoral having the brick facade replaced
The first Edgewater Hospital building ca 1930
2009 Kitchen Exhibit at the Museum
Firehouse at Balmoral & Ashland
Firetruck housed at the original firehouse
2011 Edgewater Grocery Stores Exhibit
Greenhouses in the 1930s
Andersonville school view looking south down Ashland 1880
2010 Home Tour (Edgewater North)
Parade on Clark Street, 1966
Maybelline building at Ridge and Clark, ca. 1930s
Postcard of original Edgewater Post Office on Broadway at Catalpa
Postcard of Senn High School prior to the additions, ca. 1920
Saddle & Cycle Club at Foster Ave. 1900
Saddle & Cycle Club at Foster Ave. 1900
Postcard of Edgewater Beach Hotel, pre-1923
Postcard of Edgewater Beach Hotel Yacht Club
2010 Memorial Day Parade

EHS Spring Benefit Dinner - April 21

Motoring through Edgewater

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
from 6-9 p.m.
Nookies Edgewater
1100 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago
Donation: $60 ($55 each for two or more)

Our annual Spring Benefit, Edgewater and All That Jazz, celebrates the clubs and musicians of the Jazz Age. Join with us, your friends and neighbors, for great food, a silent auction, announcement of our 2015 Living Treasures and the EHS Volunteer of the Year, and celebrate the unique qualities of our community.

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Chicago History Book Group - April 25

Cook County HospitalThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are “Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital” by Sydney Lewis (New Press, 1995) and “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital” by David A. Ansell (Chicago Review Press, 2011). Click here for a flyer.

Those Were the Days Radio Players - April 25

Relive the Golden Age of radio drama with “Those Were the Days Radio Players” - Chicago North chapter. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the EHS Museum, the Radio Players will perform two programs:

Fibber McGee and Molly: Fibber meets a Racketeer was originally broadcast on October 28, 1941, with the husband and wife team of Jim Jordan and Marian Driscoll Jordan playing Fibber and Molly. The radio series ran from 1935 until 1956.

The Shadow: The Horror in the Night was originally broadcast April 25, 1954, with Bret Morrison as The Shadow (Lamont Cranston) and Gertrude Warner as Margo Lane. The radio series ran from 1937 until 1954.

Motoring through Edgewater - Closes May 3

The current exhibit at the EHS Museum, Motoring through Edgewater, explores the history of how the automobile transformed the Edgewater neighborhood. The exhibit runs until May 3, 2015, and features photographs, maps and other artifacts from the museum’s collection. Related programs will be offered during the exhibit.

In the 1920s, Edgewater became a center for automotive sales and service, with numerous dealerships, garages and parts sellers located along Broadway. The neighborhood was so densely populated with automobile-related businesses that it was dubbed the “North Side Motor Row” by industry experts. [more...]

2015 Annual Meeting (Past)

James AkermanThe Edgewater Historical Society invites you to the 2015 Annual Meeting, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors and telling you about plans for 2015-16. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here for a flyer.

The program will be “Early Road Maps of Edgewater and the North Side” and our speaker will be James R. Akerman, director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. [more...]

Chicago's Historic Northside Schools (Past)

Historic Northside SchoolsLearn about the architecture and social history of Chicago’s Historic Northside Schools on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. The speakers will be Julia S. Bachrach and Elizabeth A. Patterson.

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Chicago History Book Group (Past)

Family PropertiesThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The book to be discussed is “Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America” by Beryl Satter (Macmillan, 2009). Click here for a flyer.

Chicago Volunteer Expo (Past)

Volunteer ExpoVisit the Edgewater Historical Society booth at the 2015 Chicago Volunteer Expo on Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

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Growing Up with a City (Past)

Growing Up with a CityThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The book to be discussed is “Growing Up with a City” by Louise de Koven Bowen (University of Illinois Press, 1926 - reissued 2001). Click here for a flyer.

Chicago's Motor Rows (Past)

Broadway Motor SalesA Visual Presentation by Erica Ruggiero
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library

In the early 20th Century, Chicago was a national hub of automobile commerce – home to the country’s largest concentration of car and truck dealers along South Michigan Avenue’s Motor Row. Smaller hubs flourished in neighborhoods, including Edgewater, which was home to the North Side Motor Row. Join Preservation Chicago’s Erica Ruggiero on a photo tour of these, sometimes grand, remnants of automobile commerce – back when cars and trucks were new and everyone was buying. Click here for a flyer.

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