A Walking Tour of Calvary Cemetery

Visit the graves of the founders of Rogers Park, and learn how their vision shaped the community we live in today.

Join the Fun! Celebrate 15 Years! Shop Jarvis Square!

Stop by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and all our neighbors for the 15th Annual Shop Jarvis Square celebration. Shop till you drop or come to enjoy the celebration. We'll be hosting local artisans offering unique holiday gifts and we hope you'll stop in to say hello.

Addressing the Needs of Asylum Seekers in Chicago

Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL, United States

A Living History Update from Alderperson Andre Vasquez. Since August 2022, Chicago has experienced a surge in forced migration. Over 19,500 asylum seekers have been bused from Texas to Chicago in order to stress the city’s status as a “Sanctuary City. Alderperson Andre Vasquez, Chair of the Chicago City Council Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will […]

See Our New Collection Archive

2024 Annual Meeting will introduce the RPWRHS archive at the Northside Neighborhood History Center. Come to Sulzer Regional Library and get the scoop on this new way of sharing the historical materials RPWRHS has collected and preserved since 1975. Hear a report on 2023 and plans for the future.

Living History: The East African Community in Chicago

The African immigrant and refugee community in Chicago is a small but vibrant community, and  many of Chicago's African newcomers live in Rogers Park and West Ridge.  Join Fr. Paul Kalenzi, a Jesuit priest born in Uganda, raised in Kenya and currently serving as Director of Development for the Hekima University Project in Chicago as […]

Calvary Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore the oldest Catholic cemetery established by the Archdiocese of Chicago Visit the graves of the founders of Rogers Park and other distinguished residents who have shaped the community we live in today.  Calvary is the oldest cemetery for Catholics established by the Archdiocese of Chicago and is the final resting place of many prominent […]

The Art of Surveying: 170 Years of Mapping Chicagoland

Several years ago, Donald and Tanya Smith finally looked into some old filing cabinets they inherited when they took over their family surveying business and discovered a treasure trove of history. They were excited to find that the long-ignored cabinets contained surveying records and maps that went back to the first surveys of our region, […]