Examining Our Monuments: Rogers Park Edition

One of the 41 public monuments that are subjects of the Chicago Monument assessment project is the plaque marking the Indian Boundary Line in Rogers Park. Join us for a discussion of the historic significance of the Indian Boundary, the purpose of historic markers and monuments, and perspectives on whether and how this particular marker serves its purpose.

A Return to Historic Rosehill

Rosehill Cemetery Entrance 5800 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Walking tours are back for the summer, beginning with the return of our popular walk through historic Rosehill Cemetery. Neighborhood Historian Glenna Eaves will once again lead a tour that reveals the early story of our community by visits to the graves and monuments of men and women who helped build our neighborhood. Farmers, soldiers, […]

Return of The Gangsters of West Ridge

Walking tours are back! Join Glenna Eaves and Dona Vitale on a walk through two Historic Bungalow Districts to learn about the notorious gangsters who shared this peaceful neighborhood with prosperous business owners, famous athletes, noted architects, creative artists and skilled craftsmen.

The Virtual House Walk is Back

Covid-19 can't stop a Rogers Park/West Ridge tradition! Register now for the 35th Annual House Walk On Zoom. The Virtual House Walk is back, with four new episodes. Each live online episode will tell the story of one Rogers Park/West Ridge home and its place in our neighborhood's history from the Great Chicago Fire to […]

Open House Chicago

We’re happy to be a Community Partner for the Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago. This free annual architecture fest offers behind-the-scenes, in-person site visits on October 16-17 to fascinating places all over Chicago and some suburbs, plus self-guided architecture trails, virtual programming and more all through October. Plan to take in the sites and […]

Shop Jarvis Square 2021!

Support the Annual Holiday Bazaar where you meet local artists and purchase their work at our office and our neighboring shops. Come in, say hello and support local business while you finish off holiday gift list with unique items you won't find anywhere else.

End-of-the-Walk Open House

Go Behind-the-Scenes at Lang House, Live and In-Person! While we've learned to love Zoom, it's been almost two years since supporters of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society have been able to gather in person. As the pandemic eases, the time has come for an end-of-the-Virtual Housewalk, end-of-year celebration. Friends, neighbors and all lovers of […]

2022 Annual Member Meeting

This year, we're excited to host a performance from members of Mandala Arts at our annual meeting.  Mandala Arts is an organization of classical and folk musicians, dancers, and storytellers commited to celebrating and sharing the rich cultural and artistic practices of the south Asian subcontinent. Their program will be proceeded by a short business meeting and election of directors.

Living History: Meet Mod4, A 1960s All-Girl Garage Band

Join long-time RPWRHS member and volunteer Kathy Talkin and her former bandmate Nellie Hastings as they relive the journey of the Mod 4, a 1960s all-girl garage band. When they started out from their hometown of Aledo, Illinois in the summer of 1966, they were billed as the youngest all-girl combo in the country. Hear about […]

Living History: The West Ridge Nature Park Archeological Survey

Did you know there is an archeological dig in at our very own West Ridge Nature Center? Not much is known about the indigenous peoples who occupied modern-day Chicago, and even less about the Bowmanville area.  What we do know is that the earliest evidence of human activity in Illinois dates back 13,000 years, at […]