History of Edgewater

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Long ago in an almost forgotten time, Native Americans occupied the land now known as Edgewater. Later, the area was settled by Swedish and Luxembourger farmers who grew cabbage and celery in its sandy soil and then transported them to the center of Chicago via Green Bay Road (now called Clark Street). In 1885, a clever real-estate developer named John Cochran began to develop the area into a suburb he named Edgewater.

He purchased land and sold lots from Foster to Devon Avenue, and from the lake shore to Glenwood Avenue. This planned community enjoyed street lights, paved roads and electricity. It had one train stop on the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Line at Bryn Mawr, which became Edgewater’s main street. Other land owners followed Cochran’s success and used the name “Edgewater” in the subdivisions they developed. Today, Edgewater is composed of several neighborhoods, and there has been an increased emphasis on the preservation of historic landmarks and the creation of three Historic Districts in Edgewater.

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