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

Chicago History Book Group - Feb. 28

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.

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 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...]

Chicago's Historic Northside Schools

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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EHS Spring Benefit Dinner

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 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. Click here to register online.

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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Those Were the Days Radio Players (Past)

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.

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.

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:

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