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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

Edgewater walking tours

Walk Edgewater

Enjoy views of the historic buildings of Edgewater in our own unique outdoor museum. Edgewater has three historic districts, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many blocks filled with historic homes. Tours will be led by knowledgeable guides. For descriptions of the tours, click “more…” below.

Note: There are only 2 tours available. Sign up before they sell out.

Andersonville Historic District:
DATE: Aug 7, 2021; TIME: 10:00 a.m.
DATE: Sept 12, 2021; TIME: 9:30 a.m.

Edgewater Beach North:
DATE: Aug 12, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Lakewood Balmoral Historic District:
DATE: Aug 14, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.
DATE: Sept 26, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Surprising Broadway:
DATE: Aug 15, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Edgewater Glen:
DATE: Aug 31, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.
DATE: Sept 18, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Magnolia Glen:
DATE: Sept 11, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Discover the Art Underfoot:
DATE: Sept 25, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Bryn Mawr Historic District:
DATE: Sept 29, 2021; TIME: 6:00 p.m. (note change)

You must register online for each tour, and pay using this link (bit.ly/ehswalk7)

There is a limit of 15 in each tour. Our tour guides, who will have microphones, will lead you through the tour, and share with you our researched brochure. Everyone must wear a face mask and keep socially distant. The fee for each tour is $15, which supports the Edgewater Historical Society Museum.

Here are descriptions of all eight walking tours and their scheduled dates/times: [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Moved to Oct 9)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. To attend, please register at bit.ly/ehszoom10. This program is a partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library.

The topic is Louis Sullivan, and the books to be discussed are: “The Autobiography of An Idea” by Louis H. Sullivan, and “Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work” by Robert Twombly. Click here for a flyer.

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.

The exhibit was recently mentioned in an article on the CBS Chicago website about the new Trial of the Chicago 7 movie.

And there is a new article by Mary Schmich in the Chicago Tribune about the movie, Jean Fritz and the EHS exhibit. [more...]

Virtual Museum exhibits

EHS MuseumWe invite you on a virtual curator’s tour of our current exhibits:

Edgewater Beach Hotel: 100 Years Later

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: One Juror’s Ordeal

High Water and Hell: Rising Lake Puts Chicago on Edge

Here is another past exhibit you may remember:

Greetings from Edgewater (2012): description and video

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...]

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...]

Sheridan Road Then and Now (Past)

Colvin House

Sunday, September 19, 2021
from 3-7 p.m.
At the historic Colvin House
5940 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
$35 per person ($45 at the door)

Note: This is an outdoor event. A face-mask is required to enter the Colvin House.

Do you miss the Home Tour on the 3rd Sunday in September? Please join us for a party on September 19 in the open air courtyard of the landmarked Colvin house. Take a walk down Sheridan Road and end at the Colvin house for food, music and good conversation. Brochures will be available at the parking lot or the Colvin house. See the invitation below for the details.

Click here for more information.
Click here to order tickets online with a credit card.

2021 Summer Nights in Edgewater (Past)

Join your neighbors again this year, on warm summer nights, for our popular community program of free live performances. From July 14 to August 25, 2021, every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., different local musicians will entertain you in the beautiful EHS garden. We are pet friendly! All are welcome. Click here for the 2021 schedule.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. To attend, please register at bit.ly/ehszoom8. This program is a partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library.

The topic is The Third Coast, and the book to be discussed is: “The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream” by Thomas Dyja. Click here for a flyer.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. To attend, please register at bit.ly/ehszoom7. This program is a partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library.

The topic is Lucy Parsons, and the book to be discussed is: “Goddess of Anarchy” by Jacqueline Jones. Click here for a flyer.

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