Rogers Park and West Ridge have long been known as among the most ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. Successive waves of newcomers have brought their food traditions to our community, and the foods we eat every day reflect a cornucopia of cuisines from around the world. To preserve and celebrate the rich variety of foods served in local homes and restaurants, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society is putting together a cookbook to collect and share recipes treasured by members of our community, past and present.
Starting March 1, current residents, former residents, restauranteurs and anyone else with a delicious dish to share can contribute recipes to the cookbook. We hope to include recipes from all eras, all ethnic groups and all corners of the community. We’re looking for everyday family favorites, traditional ethnic dishes, foods that celebrate holidays and special occasions, and menu items from local restaurants, past and present. Favorite appetizers, main dishes, soups, salads, side dishes, baked goods, desserts, snacks and beverages are all welcome.
The names of contributors will be shown with their recipes, preserving their place in the history of Rogers Park and West Ridge. Recipes can also be contributed in honor or in memory of anyone who has lived in the neighborhood or left a mark on it.
The cookbook will be published in the fall of 2017, and will be for sale to recipe contributors, community members and anyone interested in Chicago’s food heritage. We’re planning a special event to celebrate publication, and we’ll release more details as they become available.
To learn more about submitting your recipes, click here.