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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.

Note: All current tours are now sold out. Check back occasionally to see if new tours are announced.

Here are descriptions of the five walking tours: [more...]

History of Chicago’s Lakefront (Past)

Dennis McCclendonJoin us on July 11th at 11 a.m. for the much anticipated, but delayed program on the History of Chicago’s Lakefront, with noted Chicago geographer and historian Dennis McClendon.

The event is free, but you must register in advance to receive information how to join the Zoom meeting.

Dennis McClendon is a Chicago historian and geographer, who makes his living drawing maps. His design firm, Chicago CartoGraphic, creates a wide variety of maps for the tourism industry and real estate firms, for books such as the AIA Guide to Chicago Architecture and the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the region’s CTA and Pace transit maps, as well as most Chicago-area bike maps. He is well known as an expert on the city’s built environment and transportation, quoted regularly on WTTW’s “Ask Geoffrey” and WBEZ’s Curious City.

Edgewater Spring Gala (Postponed)

Important: The EHS Spring Gala has been postponed indefinitely. If you submitted payments for the fundraiser, you will be contacted about a refund or return of your check. We thank our sponsors and silent auction donors; we intend to have the auction at a rescheduled event.


Thursday, April 16, 2020
from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Donation: $80 ($75 each for two or more)

Come join with your friends and neighbors for an unforgettable evening celebrating our community.

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Reservations and payment must be received no later than Friday, April 10th.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

The books to be discussed are: “Ida: A Sword Among Lions” By Paula J. Giddings, and “To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells” By Mia Bay.

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Save the Nordine Mansion from Demolition

We Need Your Help to Save the Nordine Mansion from Demolition
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A demolition permit to tear down the historic Nordine Home in Edgewater was recently filed with the City of Chicago. We need your help to stop it.

This 1902 gem, designed by the famous Pond & Pond firm is a prime example of Arts and Craft design, and is the finest, and one of the of few remaining, single family homes in the original Edgewater. And it was owned for over 50 years by the noted Ken Nordine, “creator of a style of audio storytelling he called ‘word jazz,’ one of the most celebrated voices on radio or TV.” He broadcast his WMAQ radio show from the 3rd floor Snail Studios that saw or recorded the likes of Jerry Garcia, Fred Astaire and many other musicians of note. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

The books to be discussed are: “For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago” By Simon Baatz, “Leopold and Loeb: The Crime of the Century” By Hal Higdon, and “The Leopold and Loeb Files” By Nina Barrett.

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"Edgewater Beach Hotel" gallery talk (Past)

Join curator Kathy Gemperle for an “Edgewater Beach Hotel” exhibit gallery talk on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum, 5358 N. Ashland, Chicago.

New acquisitions will be shown. There will be door prizes, and refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so please RSVP using the ContactUs button above. We’re sorry, but reservations are now closed.

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 September 29, 2019. 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)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

The books to be discussed are: “When Public Housing was Paradise” By J. S. Fuerst, “The Poorhouse: Subsidized Housing in Chicago” By Devereaux Bowley, and “Highrisers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing” By Ben Austen.

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EHS Annual Wyman Lecture (Past)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
Betty A. Barclay Community Room
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago 60660

How Edgewater and the North Lakefront’s Demographics Have Changed in the Past Half Century

Edgewater and Chicago’s larger north lakefront have undergone dramatic economic and demographic shifts over the past half century. What are the driving forces behind these changes and what do they portend for the area’s future? Join Rob Paral, Chicago’s keenest demographic observer, for a lively and thought-provoking examination of who we are as a community, where we’ve been and where we are going.

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