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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

2016 Summer Nights in Edgewater

Join your neighbors again this year, on warm summer nights, for our popular community program of free live performances. From July 7 to August 25, 2016, 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 2016 schedule.

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 100 Years Later

The one hundred year anniversary of the opening of the Edgewater Beach Hotel will be celebrated with an exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum. The exhibit will be open on weekends through June 4, 2017. Come prepared to learn about this fabulous hotel that put Edgewater on the map by surfing our website. [more...]

EHS General Meeting (Past)

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Our June program will honor the 2016 Living Treasures of Edgewater. Each of the three individuals being honored this year has done something special to make Edgewater the wonderful community we enjoy today. The presentation will give you a grass roots insight into why Edgewater is unique in Chicago. We encourage you to attend, recognize our Living Treasures and celebrate their accomplishments.

For a list of the 2016 Living Treasures, with photos, please click here.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The OutfitThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The books to be discussed are: “Captive City” by Ovid Demaris, “Family Secrets” by Jeff Coen, “Mob Cop” by Fred Pascente, and “The Outfit” by Gus Russo. Click here for a flyer.

Voices of Edgewater (Past)

The Voices of Edgewater exhibit runs through May 28, 2016.

“Voices of Edgewater” is a major exhibit on immigration in Edgewater. It includes the stories, oral histories, artifacts, photos, textiles, maps and census statistics of the many waves of immigrants who settled in Edgewater. Even before its founding in 1889, Edgewater had been home to immigrants. The first permanent settlers came from Luxembourg and Germany in the 1840s establishing celery farms. [more...]

EHS Spring Benefit Dinner (Past)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
from 6-9 p.m.
Pork Shoppe
5721 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Donation: $60 ($55 each for two or more)

Our annual Spring Benefit celebrates The Voices of Edgewater, the people who through the years have helped create the dynamic community we enjoy today. Join with us, your friends and neighbors, for great food, a silent auction, announcement of our 2016 Living Treasures and the EHS Volunteer of the Year, and celebrate the unique qualities of our community.

Click here to order tickets by mail with a check.
Click here to order tickets online with a credit card.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The Haymarket TragedyThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The books to be discussed are: “Death in the Haymarket” by James Green (Anchor (reprint), 2007), “The Haymarket Tragedy” by Paul Avrich (Princeton University Press, 1986), and “The History of the Haymarket Affair” by Henry David (Collier Books, 1963). Click here for a flyer.

2016 Annual Meeting (Past)

Jean MishimaThe Edgewater Historical Society invites you to the 2016 Annual Meeting, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors and telling you about plans for 2016-17. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here for a flyer.

The program will be “The Japanese-American Experience in the Internment Camps” and our speaker will be Jean Mishima, President, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society. Ms. Mishima will tell the poignant story of growing up in those camps and the lessons learned. [more...]

Chicago Volunteer Expo (Past)

Volunteer ExpoVisit the Edgewater Historical Society booth at the 2016 Chicago Volunteer Expo on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Click here for a flyer.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

To Serve and CollectThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are: “Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse” by Steve Bogira (Knopf, 2005), “To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal” by Richard Lindberg (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998), “The Wagon and Other Stories from the City” by Martin Preib (University Of Chicago Press, 2010), and “Split-Second Decisions: Shootings of & by Chicago Police” by William Geller and Kevin Karales (Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group, 1981). Click here for a flyer.

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