The Question of East and West Rogers Park

Germania

by Hank Morris Howard Street was the northern city limits for Chicago, east from the shores of Lake Michigan, all the way west. That changed on Monday, February 8, 1915, when a tiny panhandle was added to Chicago’s northern border when the city annexed the area known as “Germania” (so called because of its association

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An Early History of Birchwood Beach

As late as the 1870s, the area now known as Birchwood Beach, along Lake Michigan from Touhy Avenue to Birchwood Avenue, had no paved streets and was a sandbank filled with birch and oak trees. Samuel B. Chase, a developer of Rogers Park, named the area after his farm in the Lake View section of

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Hayes Point and Loyola University

The small, almost indiscernible, point of land that juts into Lake Michigan on the southeast border of Rogers Park is not particularly remarkable from a topographical perspective. This area was once called Cape Hayes and its official boundaries were the lake on the east, Devon Avenue on the south, Sheridan Road on the West and

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Ridge Boulevard

Chicago is famous as a city built on a grid of streets, each laid out one-eighth of a mile apart from the other, many of them stretching for miles through the city, out into the flat Midwestern horizon. Some Chicago streets do not fit into that grid, however. Ridge Boulevard is one such street. How

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Between Ancient Shorelines

The area of Rogers Park known locally by the name of its block club, “Lunt Avenue Neighbors” lies in a low pocket of land between the prehistoric lakeshores marked by Ridge Avenue on the west and Clark Street on the east, from Pratt Avenue on the south to Touhy Avenue on the north. Although often

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The Question of East and West Rogers Park

by Hank Morris People are frequently confusing Rogers Park as East Rogers Park and West Ridge as West Rogers Park. There is some basis in fact for these names. But, it’s not what you may think. There actually WAS an East Rogers Park and West Rogers Park and both were in Rogers Park. Neither were

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