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August 2019

Living History Program: Artists of the Wall

August 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 West Greenleaf
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Artists of the Wall has been an important part of Rogers Park for a quarter of a century. Learn the story behind this enduring Loyola Park Advisory Council project that adds art to our lake shore and involves hundreds of local residents and artists from around the city. Mary Bao, long-time RPWRHS member and one of the founders of the event, will talk about how the festival began, how it has evolved over more than two decades, and plans for where it's going in the future.

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July 2019

Edgewater Historical Society Explores How Luxembourgers Shaped Chicago

July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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If you aren't taking our Gangsters of West Ridge Tour on July 13, stop by the Edgewater Branch Library to hear the story of how immigrants from one of the smallest countries in Europe shaped the early history of Chicago's Far North Side. Kevin Wester, retired Executive Director of the Luxembourger American Cultural Society will give a wide-ranging overview of how this small group brought their farming skills to our city, creating a network of farms and greenhouses that arced…

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The Gangsters of West Ridge Tour Returns July 13

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northtown Public Library, 6800 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Last time sold out quickly. Register now to reserve your ticket for the walking tour that takes you back to a fascinating look at a sometimes glamorized, sometime buried era of Chicago history, with links to our own community.  Tony Soprano wasn't the first mobster drawn to quiet suburban-style living. In the Roaring 20's, the new bungalows of West Ridge provided an idyllic refuge on the northern edge of the city for organized crime figures involved in the gambling, rum-running,…

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June 2019

Walking Tour: The Gangsters of West Ridge

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Warren Park Fieldhouse, 6601 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Tony Soprano wasn't the first mobster drawn to quiet suburban-style living. In the Roaring 20's, the new bungalows of West Ridge provided an idyllic refuge on the northern edge of the city for organized crime figures involved in the gambling, rum-running, vice and gangland struggles for power that defined the Prohibition era in Chicago. Join Neighborhood Historian Glenna Eaves on a walk through the Rogers Park Manor and Talman West-Ridge Historic Bungalow Districts to enjoy the story of the notorious…

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May 2019

The Return of the Spirits of Rosehill

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rosehill Cemetery Entrance, 5800 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Neighborhood Historian Glenna Eaves will once again lead her popular tour "The Spirits of Rogers Park and West Ridge at Rosehill Cemetery." Join Glenna to honor the early leaders of Rogers Park and West Ridge by visiting the graves and monuments of men and women who helped build our neighborhood. Farmers, soldiers, business owners, artists and a host of others all played a role in our history. Glenna will tell the stories of local residents whose vision, enterprise and dedication…

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April 2019

The City Logical: Edward P. Brennan Makes Sense of the Grid

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
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While most Chicagoans know about Daniel Burnham and "the City Beautiful" movement, few recall that in the same year the 1909 Plan of Chicago was published, Chicago also regularized its street address system, beginning a long (and still unfinished) effort to make street names and numbering consistent across town.  Edward P. Brennan, an early  Rogers Park resident, was the freelance urban planner and political gadfly who made State and Madison Streets the East-West and North-South axes of our grid and…

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March 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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What could be more Chicago than elections and hot dogs? Join us for our annual meeting and election of board members, plus a talk by popular food historian Bruce Kraig on Hot Dog History and Why Chicago’s Are the Best. We'll also have an update regarding stewardship of the extensive RPWRHS collection archive. Only current members are eligible to vote in the election, but all are welcome for the program and "surprise" refreshments in keeping with the theme of the meeting. Bruce…

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February 2019

Growing Up in Rogers Park and West Ridge: Life in Mid 20th-Century Chicago

February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sixteenth Church of Christ, Scientist, 7036 N. Ridge Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Join us to remember growing up in Rogers Park and West Ridge, as our multi-generational panel of RPWRHS members who grew up in the community discuss their experiences as children and teens in the '50's, '60's '70's and '80's. Learn how the neighborhood evolved and discover the childhood experiences we all have in common. Whether you have lived in the neighborhood all your life, left long ago or moved in recently, this program will give you a new understanding of…

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December 2018

The Great Chicago House Hunt Continues

December 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 W. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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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. Join Rob Case, our Ace Photo Archivist, for a Great Chicago House Hunt session, where he'll show you how to use digital resources like Google Streetview, old phone books…

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Member/Volunteer Holiday Party

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Greenleaf Art Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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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 Members. There is a charge of $10 per item for all other appraisals, limit of three per person. So, learn more about your stuff, or just see…

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