What do filmmaker Harold Ramis, businessman Emil Bach and gangster Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein all have in common? They all called Rogers Park or West Ridge home at some time in their lives, along with a long line of other achievers stretching from the earliest days of settlement on the Ridge to today.

Each month, we will share a story of the notable and notorious residents of our neighborhood’s past. We’ll introduce you to significant residents in Rogers Park and West Ridge history, and examine how they helped shape our community, the entirety of Chicago, and beyond.

Emma Kennett (1891-1985): A Rogers Park Working Mother
Photo of Sergio Oliva in bodybuilding pose
March 2024: Sergio Oliva (1941-2012) The Man, the Myth, The Story
April 2024: Did you know Al Capone lived in Rogers Park?
May 2024: Sam (1924-2015) and Harue (1928-2012) Ozaki: Impact After Forced Removal
June 2024: Nathan "Nik" Krevitsky (1914-1991) Artist, Educator and "the busiest man in town"
July 2024
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October 2024
November 2024
December 2024
January 2025