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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

Save the Nordine Mansion from Demolition

We Need Your Help to Save the Nordine Mansion from Demolition
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A demolition permit to tear down the historic Nordine Home in Edgewater was recently filed with the City of Chicago. We need your help to stop it.

This 1902 gem, designed by the famous Pond & Pond firm is a prime example of Arts and Craft design, and is the finest, and one of the of few remaining, single family homes in the original Edgewater. And it was owned for over 50 years by the noted Ken Nordine, “creator of a style of audio storytelling he called ‘word jazz,’ one of the most celebrated voices on radio or TV.” He broadcast his WMAQ radio show from the 3rd floor Snail Studios that saw or recorded the likes of Jerry Garcia, Fred Astaire and many other musicians of note. [more...]

2020 Annual Meeting

Dennis McCclendonThe Edgewater Historical Society invites you to the 2020 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Fair, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors and telling you about plans for 2020-21. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room of the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here for a flyer.

Our speaker will be Dennis McClendon, Chicago historian and geographer. His subject is “History of Chicago’s Lakefront”.

The program is free to the Public and refreshments will be served.

Edgewater Spring Gala (Save the date)


Thursday, April 16, 2020
from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Donation: $80 ($75 each for two or more)

Come join with your friends and neighbors for an unforgettable evening celebrating our community.

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Click here to order tickets by mail with a check.

Reservations and payment must be received no later than Friday, April 10th.

Exhibit: High Water and Hell

Rising Lake Puts Chicago on Edge

The recent dramatic rise in the level of Lake Michigan is posing a serious – though not unprecedented – threat to property on Chicago’s lakefront. A new exhibit opening January 11 at the Edgewater History Museum – “High Water and Hell: Rising Lake Puts Chicago on Edge” – examines how the previous record high lake levels in the late 1980s severely battered the City and caused extensive damage to Chicago’s lakefront communities. [more...]

Exhibit: The Chicago Conspiracy Trial

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: One Juror’s Ordeal

In 1968 the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago. Protests, confrontation, arrests and ensuing trial, tested the legal and political processes. The Chicago Conspiracy Trial of 1969-1970 was a challenge to the American justice system. This exhibit examines one juror’s experiences, reflected through her journals, and the lasting impact of the trial on her and her family. [more...]

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 100 Years Later

The one hundred year anniversary of the opening of the Edgewater Beach Hotel is being celebrated with an exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum. The exhibit will be open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. Come prepared to learn about this fabulous hotel that put Edgewater on the map by surfing our website. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

The books to be discussed are: “Ida: A Sword Among Lions” By Paula J. Giddings, and “To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells” By Mia Bay.

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Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

The books to be discussed are: “For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago” By Simon Baatz, “Leopold and Loeb: The Crime of the Century” By Hal Higdon, and “The Leopold and Loeb Files” By Nina Barrett.

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"Edgewater Beach Hotel" gallery talk (Past)

Join curator Kathy Gemperle for an “Edgewater Beach Hotel” exhibit gallery talk on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum, 5358 N. Ashland, Chicago.

New acquisitions will be shown. There will be door prizes, and refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so please RSVP using the ContactUs button above. We’re sorry, but reservations are now closed.

Wanted: Edgewater Living Treasures Award Nominations (Past)

The Edgewater Historical Society is seeking nominees for its Edgewater Living Treasures Award. EHS invites Edgewater residents to submit the name(s) of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by September 29, 2019. Click here for the nomination form. Winners of the award are at the sole discretion of the Edgewater Historical Society. [more...]

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