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

Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL

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 […]

The Return of the Spirits of Rosehill

Rosehill Cemetery Entrance 5800 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

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 […]

Walking Tour: The Gangsters of West Ridge

Warren Park Fieldhouse 6601 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

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 […]

The Gangsters of West Ridge Tour Returns July 13

Northtown Public Library 6800 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

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 […]

Edgewater Historical Society Explores How Luxembourgers Shaped Chicago

Edgewater Public Library 6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

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 […]

Living History Program: Artists of the Wall

Loyola Park Fieldhouse 1230 West Greenleaf, Chicago, IL

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.

Living History Program: The Stories Behind the “Made In Chicago” Exhibition

Northtown Public Library 6800 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

Part of Andrew Clayman’s collection of vintage Chicago-made products has been on display at our office, but Andrew himself will be our Living History Speaker on October 17 at the Northtown Branch Library, 6801 N. Western Ave, when he will discuss the collection with a special emphasis on the sometimes-overlooked manufacturing legacy of the North […]

One Juror’s Ordeal: The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial

Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Fifty years ago, on Sept 24, 1969, the Chicago Conspiracy Trial opened to decide the fate of eight protesters arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention. The trial was a political, legal and historical landmark that lasted for almost five months, becoming known as the Chicago Seven trial when one defendant, Bobby Seale, accused Judge Julius […]

Digital Detectives: The Great Chicago House Hunt is Back

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society 7363 W. Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL

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 […]