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 are ten tours available. Sign up before they sell out.

Edgewater Glen: (New for 2021)
DATE: June 2, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.
DATE: June 27, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Edgewater’s Broadway - Catalpa to Rosedale: (New for 2021)
DATE: June 5, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Lakewood Balmoral Historic District:
DATE: June 8, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.
DATE: June 22, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.

Discover the Art Underfoot: (New for 2021)
DATE: June 12, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Edgewater’s North End:
DATE: June 17, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Magnolia Glen:
DATE: June 26, 2021; TIME: 11:00 a.m.

Bryn Mawr Historic District:
DATE: July 7, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Andersonville Historic District:
DATE: July 17, 2021; TIME: 9:30 a.m.

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

There is a limit of 15 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 socially distant. The fee for each tour is $15, which supports the Edgewater Historical Society Museum.

Here are descriptions of the walking tours:

Edgewater Glen: This neighborhood is a popular section of single family homes and two-flats developed from some of the Kransz family original farm at the end of the 19th century. In 1903 one architect, A.E. Norman, was hired to build almost two block of homes. Other specialties are homes of the Kransz family and some early homes by J.L. Cochran. The walk begins at the Granville Avenue United Methodist Church, on Granville at Lakewood. New for 2021.
DATE: June 2, 2021; TIME 6:30 p.m.
DATE: June 27, 2021; TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Edgewater’s Broadway - Catalpa to Rosedale: This tour of the main business area of Edgewater has many surprises because it features several of the significant Motor Row buildings and a collection of two-flats built before the street was designated commercial. This tour captures a moment in Edgewater history when homes and businesses were side by side. The walk begins at St. Ita Catholic Church, on Broadway and Catalpa, and ends at Broadway and Rosedale, near the Broadway Armory. New for 2021.
DATE: June 5, 2021; TIME: 11 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 approximately one mile, beginning and ending at North Shore Baptist Church on the 5200 block of Lakewood.
DATE: June 8, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.
DATE: June 22, 2021; TIME: 7:00 p.m.

Discover the Art Underfoot: This is a unique exploration of the hidden artwork along Edgewater’s lakefront. Join Edgewater’s Bill Swislow in the walk along the shore. The tour begins at the pier at Kathy Osterman Beach (Hollywood Avenue Breakwater). New for 2021.
DATE: June 12, 2021; TIME: 11 a.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 will tell you about the architecture and the changes over the years. 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.
DATE: June 17, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.m.

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 details. 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: June 26, 2021; TIME: 11:00 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.
DATE: July 7, 2021; TIME: 6:30 p.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 will inform you about this history of the Clark Street development over 30 years.
DATE: July 17, 2021; TIME: 9:30 a.m.