Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Enjoy a musical history of Chicago presented by Chicago a cappella in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary year. With narration by WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer and vivid projections depicting Chicago’s past, the concert includes songs of early French explorers, daring pioneers, and immigrants who shaped our city. The acclaimed vocal  ensemble, led by Principal Music Director John […]

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The Annual House Walk is a Rogers Park/West Ridge tradition that supports our work year-round. The 2018 tour was held in the Talman-West Ridge Historic Bungalow District. First developed in the post-World War I building boom, this neighborhood was home to iconic Chicago sports figures like Gabby Hartnett, star catcher for the Chicago Cubs from […]

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The story of Clark Street as the commercial hub of the neighborhood starts with the earliest days of Rogers Park and continues today. Throughout its history, Clark Street has prospered in boom times, survived economic downturns, and continually adapted to the needs of the ever-changing population it serves. Join neighborhood historian Glenna Eaves on a walking tour […]

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Last winter, Bena Shklyanoy gave a fascinating Living History presentation on her experience coming to Chicago as a Russian-Jewish immigrant in 1976.  Now, her family’s story has been brought to the stage, in two new plays at the Piven Theatre in Evanston, written by Bena Shklyanoy and Kevin Olson. Join others from the Rogers Park/West […]

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A Walk on the Quiet Side: Spirits of Rosehill Cemetery Tour By John Fitzgerald On Saturday, June 9, after a dreary, rain-soaked morning when the spirits were willing but the sunshine was weak, an eager group met to take the Spirits of Rogers Park/West Ridge at Rosehill Cemetery tour. Indefatigable and resourceful guide Glenna Eaves led […]

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