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The Society was established in 1975 by residents who believed that this part of Chicago was a place with much to celebrate. Since then, we have hosted educational programs, published books and newsletters about the history of Rogers Park and West Ridge, and collected historical materials to ensure that the past is accessible to future residents of this great community.

RPWRHSOur organization depends on donations from area residents and others interested in the history of our two neighborhoods. Donations received allow us to continue to preserve Rogers Park and West Ridge history. The Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.

If you would rather purchase a membership, please visit our membership page here.


Letter from our President, 2016

As President of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, one of my favorite duties is talking with our members. 2016 has been quite a year:

  • We have settled in to our a wonderful new home at 7363 N. Greenview in Jarvis Square and have begun actively participating in the thriving business community around us.
  • Our free-of-charge, open to all Living History speaker programs drew strong attendance for a broad range of topics, and we’re lining up an equally strong calendar of programs for 2017.
  • Our summer series of neighborhood walking tours were filled to capacity with tour-takers interested in topics as varied as the early history of Clark Street, our neighborhood’s historic saloons and pubs, and the culinary adventures found on Devon Avenue.
  • Our alliances with the Public History Lab at Loyola University, our outreach to local businesses, and our partnerships with other local groups have strengthened our organization and our connection to the community in ways we only hoped for just a year ago.

All of this is made possible by donations from our supporters and friends in the community. We are asking you to please think of the Historical Society when you are planning your holiday giving. I am well aware of how many good causes there are but just consider for a moment how good it feels to really see where your money goes. Take a walk down to the beach and look at the newly dedicated Marion Mahoney Griffin Park. The plaque will tell you how a campaign spearheaded by your society got that done. As I have preached over the years, we are good stewards of what, after all, is your money. We just need more of it.

If you are not a current member, please join. You can do so online at If you are already a member, please consider a donation before the end of the year. We are a 501(c)(3) so your contribution is 100% tax deductible. Please be generous.

All of us here at RP/WRHS wish you and your family a happy holiday season. Come visit and get involved.

Ken Walchak
President, RP/WRHS