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: There is one new tour available. Sign up before it sells out. The new tour is:

Magnolia Glen:
DATE: Oct. 4, 2020; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

All other tours are sold out.

Due to safety requirements, you must register online for each tour, and pay using this link.

Here are descriptions of the five walking tours:

There is a limit of 12 in each tour. Our tour guides, who will have microphones, will lead you through the tour, and share with you our researched brochure. Everyone must wear a face mask and keep social distancing. The fee for each tour is $15, which supports the Edgewater Historical Society Museum.

Magnolia Glen: This neighborhood is one of Edgewater’s oldest, developed by William H. Cairnduff in 1888 as an addition to J.L. Cochran’s Edgewater. The homes are well cared for and show some interesting architectural features. The tour booklet includes an early map. The walk is approximately one mile, beginning and ending at the corner of Magnolia and Early (just north of the Hollywood connection to Ridge).
DATE: Oct. 4, 2020; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Edgewater’s North End: Includes three City of Chicago landmark buildings and some hidden gems in the area around Granville and Kenmore. Your tour guide has lived in the area for over 35 years and can tell you about the architecture and the changes. The walk is little over a mile, beginning at Kenmore and Granville (get coffee at Metropolis on Granville), and ending at the Colvin House on Thorndale and Sheridan.
(Sold Out) DATE: Sept. 20, 2020; TIME: 1:30 p.m.
(Sold Out) DATE: July 25, 2020; TIME: 10 a.m.

Andersonville Historic District: This district exhibits some of the finest commercial architecture built by Swedish architects at the beginning of the 20th century. Also included are a few residential buildings of early construction. The walk begins at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum Garden at Balmoral and Ashland, and ends at Foster and Clark. Your tour guide is a resident of Andersonville and will inform you about this history of the Clark Street development over 30 years.
(Sold Out) DATE: Sept. 13, 2020; TIME: 1:00 p.m.
(Sold Out) DATE: Aug. 2, 2020; TIME: 10:45 a.m.
(Sold Out) DATE: Aug. 2, 2020; TIME: 10 a.m.

Bryn Mawr Historic District: the center of Edgewater and Edgewater’s main street. Learn how J.L. Cochran planned to develop Edgewater as a suburb until urbanization happened. The street has a unique mix of what are called hybrid buildings, including luxury apartments and stores. Many of the buildings are named Chicago landmarks. The walk begins in front of the Edgewater Beach Apartments, and extends west to Broadway and back again. Your tour guide is a knowledgeable Edgewater resident.
(Sold Out) DATE: Aug. 15, 2020; TIME: 10:30 a.m.

Lakewood Balmoral Historic District: Designated in 1999, this district displays many of Edgewater’s finest architectural gems in residential housing. Many are locally important landmarks on the Chicago Historic Resources survey of 1986. The walk is about one mile long and begins at Berwyn and Lakewood. Your tour guide is a knowledgeable person who grew up in Lakewood Balmoral.
(Sold Out) DATE: Sept. 17, 2020; TIME: 6:15 p.m.
(Sold Out) DATE: Sept. 17, 2020; TIME: 5:45 p.m.