Building repairs have been completed. The museum will again be open normal hours (Sat-Sun 1-4 pm).

Welcome

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

The Good Fight

Dick SimpsonWednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Conrad Sulzer Regional Library - Lerner Auditorium
4455 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago 60625

Chicago author, professor and former alderman Dick Simpson discusses his book The Good Fight in an event co-sponsored by the Ravenswood Lake View Historical Association and the Edgewater Historical Society. Click here for a flyer.

Chicago History Book Group

Fire on the PrairieThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “Fire on the Prairie: Chicago’s Harold Washington and the Politics of Race” by Gary Rivlin. Click here for a flyer.

Give an Edgewater Historical Society gift membership

Gifting an Edgewater Historical Society membership is a great way to get a loved one involved in the vibrant Edgewater community. Our members enjoy creative exhibits on important community topics, lectures by EHS curators, book discussions, our quarterly Scrapbook newsletter, and many more benefits. And now, first time members will enjoy a one-time $5 membership for the first year. Please consider offering a membership to someone close to you for the holidays.

Click on the Membership tab for details.

New exhibit - "Made in Chicago"

The “Made in Chicago” exhibit is a collection of artifacts from the Made in Chicago Museum - “An industrial history in everyday objects 1900-1970.” The exhibit runs through April 2018.

Explore the kitchen installation and see familiar products from the past. Remember Dad’s old fashioned root beer or Oh Henry candy bars? Many manufacturers, like Steward Warner, are gone, but their products, like the early TVs, are still here.

Stop by to see the real things, and then go online to the Made In Chicago Museum to learn more. You are going to love it. For a short overview of the exhibit by the curator and owner of the collection, click here. [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...]

Save the Woodruff Shopping Arcade

The shopping arcade at the southeast corner of Broadway and Devon/Sheridan is under threat of demolition. A six story mixed use building is proposed for the site - residential on the top five floors, and retail on the first floor. Fourteen (14) businesses would be displaced, some of which have been there for years.

The Woodruff Arcade is a hidden gem, but a gem nonetheless. It is a unique building type, the precursor of today’s indoor shopping mall, and it is the only one in Edgewater (we once had two). More importantly, it is the only one in all of Chicago. For that reason alone it should be preserved. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

I'll Take You ThereThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “I’ll Take You There” by Greg Kot. Click here for a flyer.

Gallery Talk, November 16, 7:00 p.m. (Past)

Giant pencil sharpenerJoin collector Andrew Clayman and curator Kathy Gemperle for a “Made in Chicago” exhibit gallery talk on Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland, Chicago. See everyday objects from the past, including make-up and baking supplies, to the extraordinary, including a bottler and sheep shearing machine. Everything was manufactured in Chicago!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the gallery talk beginning at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free, but registration is requested. Hope to see you on November 16!

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 October 1, 2017. Click here for the nomination form. Winners of the award are at the sole discretion of the Edgewater Historical Society. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

Chicago Conspiracy TrialThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The book to be discussed is: “The Chicago Conspiracy Trial” by John Schultz. Click here for a flyer.

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