Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Members and volunteers are invited to our Holiday Party at the Greenleaf Art Center, 1806 West Greenleaf. Bring treasured collectibles or curiosities you’d like to know more about and ask appraisal experts Keith Zaransky and George Glastris to offer verbal appraisals.  Appraisals of up to two items are free to Supporting, Sustaining, Benefactor and Lifetime […]

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Buy Holiday Gifts at our Community Shopping Event.  Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society will receive 15% of all sales! Ten Thousand Villages Evanston, 719 Main Street. Choose from an amazing selection of Fair Trade products, featuring jewelry, apparel, food, home décor and spa accessories from around the world. You’ll find something for everyone on your gift […]

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Join the Ranks of Our Digital History Detectives.  Over the years, we’ve accumulated many photographs of homes, commercial buildings and other places in the neighborhood with limited information as to their location, date or subject matter. We’re filling in the details for as many as we can, and you can help. Take a break from […]

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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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