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1908 building on Clark at Balmoral having the brick facade replaced
Delivery wagons next to Gengler store on Summerdale at Clark, 1902
The first Edgewater Hospital building ca 1930
Facade of Trumbull School on Foster Avenue, 1908
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

Current Exhibit - Motoring through Edgewater

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 March 13, 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...]

Chicago's Motor Rows - December 4

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.

Growing Up with a City - December 6

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.

Those Were the Days Radio Players - Dec. 13

Relive the Golden Age of radio drama with “Those Were the Days Radio Players” - Chicago North chapter. On Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library (6000 N. Broadway), the Radio Players will perform two programs:

The Jack Benny Show: Jack Buys Don Shoe Laces for Christmas was originally broadcast on Dec. 8, 1946. The radio series ran from 1932 until 1955 and starred Jack Benny and Mary Livingston, with Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Don Wilson, Dennis Day and many others.

Father Knows Best: Christmas Program was originally broadcast on Dec. 24, 1953. The radio series ran from 1949 until 1954 and starred Robert Young as Jim Anderson and Jean Vander Pyl as his wife Margaret.

2014 Austin Wyman Lecture (Past)

Ann KeatingThe 2014 Fall General meeting and Austin Wyman Lecture will be on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.

Join us to explore the important questions of what makes up community identity, with Professor Ann Keating Durkin, who has written extensively on the history of Chicago’s neighborhoods – a great context to also consider Edgewater’s past and future.

The program is free and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

Open House Chicago 2014 (Past)

Open House ChicagoThe Edgewater Historical Society is a Community Partner of Open House Chicago 2014 and the EHS Museum will be open extended hours (from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.) on October 18‑19. Here is the list of Edgewater sites with links to the Open House Chicago website:

Plein Air Painters Exhibit (Past)

The EHS Museum will again become an art gallery to showcase selected works of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago during Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend (October 10‑12, 2014). There will be a reception at the Museum on Friday (Oct. 10) from 5‑9 p.m. and the Museum will be open extended hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 11‑12). Click here for an exhibit flyer.

The Great Chicago Fire (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be October 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. This will be a multi-book discussion related to the Great Chicago Fire. Click here for more information and a suggested reading list.

2014 Edgewater Home Tour (Past)

The 26th Annual Edgewater Home Tour is Sunday, September 21, 2014.

This year, the tour will feature homes and their interiors in the Edgewater Beach Central neighborhood. The $25/person admission includes the tour booklet and refreshments. Click here for more information.

2014 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 10 to August 28, 2014, every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., different local musicians will entertain you in the beautiful EHS garden. Refreshments will be served. We are pet friendly! All are welcome. Click here for the 2014 schedule.

Thursday, Aug 28: Maryon Gray and friends, clarinet

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