34th Annual House Walk, Virtual Edition

Covid-19 can't stop the 34th Annual Rogers Park/West Ridge House Walk. We're taking our event online! Each Sunday until October 18, 4 p.m. we're presenting episodes of our 2020 Virtual House Walk, each focused on one fascinating and historic home. In these weekly Zoom sessions, we'll tell the story of the property and join the […]


Open House Chicago Comes to Rogers Park

Open House Chicago has been reimagined for 2020. Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, the event spans more than 20 Chicago neighborhoods, including Rogers Park, and has been extended to November 1. The event is a showcase of the fascinating history, architecture, and culture of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, through both online and outdoor events. Download […]

Member/Volunteer Social Hour and Discussion

We still can't gather in person, but we can still get together. Join us for a Virtual Member-Mingle and Social Hour to catch up on RPWRHS programs and plans, and add your voice and feedback to the discussion. Bring your favorite beverage and your ideas to this informal conversation where we'll share thoughts and catch […]

Living History: Preserving and Sharing Black History in Chicago

The Black Metropolis History Consortium is dedicated to discovering, preserving and promoting the use of materials documenting the history of Black Chicago. Marcia Walker-McWilliams, the group's Executive Director, will talk about her organization's efforts to make the history of African-Americans in Chicago available for all of us today and for historians and researchers in the […]

Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s

Did you know that The Beatles visited Edgewater's Saddle and Cycle Club before their 1965 concerts? That's just one fascinating tidbit in the new book "Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s" by local historian and Rogers Park resident John Lyons. Join us and Professor Lyons on Zoom at this event organized by […]

A Wish for a Happier New Year

Click to read a message from Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society President Ken Walchak.

Shop Small and Make a Big Difference

It's been tough the past year, and local businesses need our support. During February, put your money where your heart is and shop locally. Participate in the Rogers Park Business Alliance Shop Where Your Heart Is campaign. For full rules and details, click here.   Enter your receipts from local businesses for a chance to win […]

Walking Devon and Other Stories: Living History with David Patt

Take a break from the pressures of current events and enjoy a look back at the simplicity of childhood. Long-time West Ridge resident David Patt will share stories from his memoir of the 1950s and 1960s, Walking Devon and other childhood memories and we'll all take time to remember and share our own favorite childhood […]