Edgewater Historical Society

5358 North Ashland Avenue
773-506-4849

The Edgewater Historical Society was founded in January of 1988 to involve the Edgewater community in the preservation of its history. The impetus to form the Society was the 1986 celebration of the Edgewater Centennial, during which the Edgewater Community Council conducted an oral history project. From that project grew a great interest in researching and documenting neighborhood streets and structures.

The Edgewater Historical Society operates the Museum pictured above and conducts Home Tours and Walking Tours throughout the year.

Edgewater is a Chicago community of 62,000 people in an area bounded by the Lake, Foster, Ravenswood and Devon. The name Edgewater originated with developer John L. Cochran, who began creating a small town here in 1880. By 1910, the name Edgewater was being used through the area. Today, Edgewater is composed of several neighborhoods including Andersonville.

The Edgewater Historical Society logo below represents the four-mile electric railway which Cochran built in 1892 to connect his Edgewater community to Diversey Avenue in Chicago. It also illustrates the style of the word Edgewater which Cochran used in his newspaper ads for the new community.


Recent News

Loyola University Chicago Ignoring Community Concerns, Forging Ahead With Demolition Of Historic Buildings

Community groups to demonstrate against loss of affordable housing, destruction of historic structures, depletion of tax base, and environmental harm  Contact:Allen Stryczek​, Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project, 773-973-3637,…

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Concerning Loyola's Plans to Demolish Two Buildings On The 6300 Block Of Winthrop

The Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) and the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) are calling on Loyola University to reverse its plan to demolish two buildings on the 6300 block of North Winthrop in Edgewater, including a…

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Edgewater Historical Society Now Accepting Nominations for Edgewater Living Treasures

The Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) is seeking nominees for its  Edgewater Living Treasures Award.  The EHS invites Edgewater residents to submit the name(s) of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by October 12, 2018.…

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Open House Chicago in Edgewater

Open House Chicago in Edgewater Nine Edgewater sites are featured in this annual citywide exploration of all things architecture.    The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers…

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Edgewater Living Treasures Award Nomination

The Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) is seeking nominees for its  Edgewater Living Treasures Award.  The EHS invites Edgewater residents to submit the name(s) of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by October 1, 2017. A …

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Exhibition - Voices of Edgewater

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…

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Edgewater Historical Society - 27th Home Tour

The Edgewater Historical Society will host it's 27th Home Tour in the East Andersonville neighborhood . The tour begins at the Philadelphia Church 5437 North Clark Street.  The fee is $25. The tour is an enjoyable walk through the Andersonville…

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Edgewater Historical Society Exhibit Wins Award

The Edgewater Historical Society was named a national "Leader in History" by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) following the recent "Motoring Through Edgewater" exhibit.   "The Leadership in History Awards is AASLH's…

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DAR Award for Kathy Gemperle

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will present the DAR Historic Preservation Medal to Kathy Gemperle, founding president of the Edgewater Historical Society on June 13 at the Roosevelt Branch of the Chicago Public Library.…

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History of Automobiles in Edgewate Exhibit to Open at Edgewater Historical Society

An upcoming exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum will explore the history of how the automobile transformed the north side neighborhood. "Motoring Through Edgewater," will feature photographs, maps, and other artifacts from the…

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Edgewater Glen Home Tour

The Edgewater Historical Society will feature the Edgewater Glen neighborhood in its twenty-fifth Annual Home Tour.  Check in will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 West Elmdale, Chicago.  The entrance fee is $25.  No reservations…

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Forgotten Chicago's Shoreline Motels A Presentation by Patrick Steffes

Join Forgotten Chicago's Patrick Steffes for an exploration of Chicago's Shoreline Motels in a presentation of rare and little-seen images.Edgewater once had three of these motels located on or near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Foster…

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'Living Treasures' Exhibit at Edgewater Historical Society

New Exhibit at Edgewater Historical Society & Museum Pays tribute to the Living Treasures of Edgewater.Chicago, IL---The Edgewater Historical Society is proud to announce the opening of their new exhibit: "Living Treasures of Edgewater -…

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Author Lawrence Okrent Guest Speaker at Edgewater Historical Society's Annual Meeting

As part of its 25th Anniversary Year celebrations, the Edgewater Historical Society  presents Lawrence Okrent, author of Chicago from the Sky: A Region Transformed.Mr. Okrent is a noted urban planner and pilot. His stunning book of aerial…

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Public Recognition For The People Who Have Done The Most In Edgewater

The Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) is seeking nominees for its first Edgewater Living  Treasures Award.  The EHS invites Edgewater residents to submit the name(s) of anyone whom  they feel is deserving of the award by January 15,…

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Parks Historian is 2012 Wyman Lecturer at Edgewater Historical Society General Meeting

The history of Chicago parks will be the subject of the Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) general meeting to be held at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.  Chicago Park District historian, and Edgewater resident, Julia S. Bachrach will…

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10th Anniversary Celebration of Edgewater Historical Society Museum

The Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) is pleased to announce the tenth anniversary of the opening of its museum at 5358 N. Ashland. The Society welcomes the entire neighborhood to its celebration. Festivities include closing of the street next to…

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2012 Home Tour Edgewater Historical Society

The Edgewater Historical Society announces its 24th Annual Home Tour  The tour begins at the Eritrean Orthodox Church of St. Mary at 6344 N. Paulina at 12 noon.  Check in is open until 4 p.m. and the fee is $25.   The area of the…

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