Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Welcome to the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society page. Likes and follows do not equal endorsements. The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society has been preserving and promoting the history of Rogers Park and West Ridge since 1975.

The Society holds educational programs, protects and maintains a collection of documents, artifacts, and photographs, and publishes a quarterly newsletter. For more information about the Society, please visit www.rpwrhs.org.

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03/31/2021
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Are you a member? If not, check out the benefits! https://rpwrhs.org/become-a-member/

With your support, we are able to preserve and share the story of Rogers Park and West Ridge, and the rich cultural heritage of past and present residents of both communities. Research Our extensiv…

Morning Read: OK, so some of these might technically be in Edgewater Edgewater Historical Society - but we love reading ...
03/02/2021

Morning Read: OK, so some of these might technically be in Edgewater Edgewater Historical Society - but we love reading about Mansions on Sheridan.https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/Sheridan_Road_Mansions.pdf

Morning Read: Railroads http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1039.html
02/16/2021
Railroads

Morning Read: Railroads http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1039.html

The first railroad in Chicago was the Galena & Chicago Union, which was chartered in 1836 to build tracks to the lead mines at Galena in northwestern Illinois. The first tracks were laid in 1848, and then not to Galena but to a point known as Oak Ridge (now Oak Park ). The Galena & Chicago Union's t...

Morning Read: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/Home_Bank_and_Trust...
02/02/2021
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Morning Read:https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/Home_Bank_and_Trust_Co_Bldg.pdf

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02/01/2021
Rogers Park Business Alliance

We love Rogers Park! If you do too, support your local businesses! Thank you Rogers Park Business Alliance!

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Want to learn more about Rosehill Cemetary? Check out this upcoming tour for more details. https://www.architecture.org/...
01/25/2021
CAC Live: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago and the Civil War

Want to learn more about Rosehill Cemetary? Check out this upcoming tour for more details. https://www.architecture.org/programs-events/detail/cac-live-rosehill-cemetery-chicago-and-the-civil-war/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MKTG_January2021_CAC%40Home_January12&utm_content=version_A&sourceNumber=113845

Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

Morning Read: Indian Boundary
12/22/2020
The Indian Boundary Line

Morning Read: Indian Boundary

by Hank Morris Like many diagonal streets that interrupt the grid patterned streets of Chicago, Rogers Avenue comes from a past far earlier than the surveyors who laid out Chicago’s streets. An anc…

Morning Read: Faith Traditions in Rogers Park
12/15/2020
Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

Morning Read: Faith Traditions in Rogers Park

Community Living in the Benedictine Tradition St. Scholastica Monastery, now located at 7430 North Ridge Boulevard, is home to the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, whose mission of “R…

Morning Read: 1979
12/08/2020
1979

Morning Read: 1979

Welcome to 1979 Politics in the Community of Rogers Park In the community of Rogers Park, political campaigning was influenced heavily by community values and the influence of the political Machine…

RPWRHS is possible because of our generous sponsors, members and those who donate. This #givingtuesday please consider d...
12/01/2020
Support Neighborhood History With Your Donation

RPWRHS is possible because of our generous sponsors, members and those who donate. This #givingtuesday please consider donating to our society so we can continue to serve the Rogers Park and West Ridge communities.

Businesses and other organizations show support by becoming annual sponsors. Click here for more information. Donations support our on-going efforts to preserve and share the stories of the past an…

Morning Read: Clark Street
12/01/2020
Clark Street: A Rogers Park Marketplace

Morning Read: Clark Street

Current-day Clark Street was once part of an Indian trail, one piece of an expansive Native American trade network that existed well before European arrival on the continent. The trail functioned a…

11/30/2020
RPWRHS Virtual House Walk - Episode 5

Did you miss Episode 5 of the Virtual House Tour?! No worries- here it is!

This week, Episode 5 takes us back to West Ridge, to the Park Gables Cooperative Apartments on the north edge of Indian Boundary Park. You'll learn the story...

shhhh. Have you head about our Property History Quests? They are in depth histories of your home- and make perfect gifts...
11/27/2020
Property History Quest

shhhh. Have you head about our Property History Quests? They are in depth histories of your home- and make perfect gifts!

The Oxford English Dictionary defines quest as “a long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult.” Researching the history of a Chicago property c…

Our Virtual Home Tour is the gift that keeps on giving- did you miss it or want to see something again? Check out Episod...
11/20/2020
RPWRHS Virtual House Walk Episode 4

Our Virtual Home Tour is the gift that keeps on giving- did you miss it or want to see something again? Check out Episode 4!

Episode 4 takes us to a home in Rogers Park built in 1900 and adapted over its 120 years to changing times and changing circumstances of its occupants. The c...

Have a Classic Chicago Bungalow? Learn more about their history!
11/19/2020
What's a Chicago Bungalow? | CBA

Have a Classic Chicago Bungalow? Learn more about their history!

For over 100 years, the Chicago bungalow has been an indelible piece of the city’s landscape. Circling Chicago’s center from the far north to the farthest south side neighborhoods, this building style reflects the pattern of development in the early 20th century, the spark of the American desire...

Did you miss the Virtual Home Tour? Watch Episode 3 here!
11/12/2020
RPWRHS House Walk Episode 3

Did you miss the Virtual Home Tour? Watch Episode 3 here!

Episode 3 takes us on a virtual visit to a home on North Sheridan Road built in 1922. You'll learn how the far northeast corner of Rogers Park became part of...

We are loving this piece in Chicago magazine that features RPWRHS and our Property History Quest. Be sure to check it ou...
11/12/2020

We are loving this piece in Chicago magazine that features RPWRHS and our Property History Quest. Be sure to check it out. Learn more about our Property History Quests here! https://rpwrhs.org/property-history-quest/

Episode 2 of our Virtual House Walk! Catch it here if you missed it!
11/02/2020
RPWRHS Virtual House Walk - Episode 2

Episode 2 of our Virtual House Walk! Catch it here if you missed it!

Tour this classic Rogers Park 2-flat on Newgard Avenue and learn about the history of the building and the area.

Did you miss our first episode of our Virtual House Walk? Watch it here!
10/26/2020
RPWRHS Virtual House Walk - Episode 1

Did you miss our first episode of our Virtual House Walk? Watch it here!

A Virtual Walk Through Time and Place, Episode 1: Winston Towers "A Ranch House in the Sky" Join the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society on a tour of W...

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10/22/2020
Open House Chicago Comes to Rogers Park

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Open House Chicago has been reimagined for 2020. Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, the event will span 10 days and more than 20 Chicago neighborhoods, including Rogers Park. The event…

Congratulations to some of our Community’s newest citizens and voters, who voted together yesterday at the Warren Park E...
10/22/2020
Rohingya in Chicago vote with gratitude

Congratulations to some of our Community’s newest citizens and voters, who voted together yesterday at the Warren Park Early Voting location.

In the seven years he’s lived in America, Nasir Zakaria has hardly felt as grateful as he did Tuesday waiting at the Warren Park polling site in Rogers Park to cast his first-ever vote in his lifetime, he said.

Morning Read: https://rpwrhs.org/w/index.php?title=Loyola_Beach
10/20/2020
Loyola Beach - HistoryWiki

Morning Read: https://rpwrhs.org/w/index.php?title=Loyola_Beach

Loyola Park originally called North Shore Park, was the sole park created by the North Shore Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Unlike most of these park boards, the North Shore District, formed in 1900, was at first interested only....

Can you believe this was the building our office used to be on Morse Ave? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-Architectural-W...
09/17/2020
Large Architectural Watercolor Illustration Chicago Building Design 1916 | eBay

Can you believe this was the building our office used to be on Morse Ave? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-Architectural-Watercolor-Illustration-Chicago-Building-Design-1916-/124106593028 Crazy!

“Natalie Newell / 1916” [architectural illustrator]. Large, attractive architectural rendering of building at the corner of North Greenview and West Morse Avenues. "Oscar Soderlund, Mason & Builder, 4344 Lincoln Av., Phone, Wellington 1580, Chicago, IL.".

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I am researching the Chicagoland Prize Homes Competition of 1945. Ten houses from winning designs were built in WRP, in a neighborhood then known as Deer Park, in 1947. If you ever lived at 2914, 2908, 2900, 2852 or 2944 West Pratt; or 6817, 6820, 6821 Francisco; or 2909 or 2915 Farwell, and would be open to a 15-20 minute phone interview, please contact me: [email protected].
In 1862, the Fabers owned 40 acres on the NW and SE corners of Devon and Western. The family also owned the strip of land, north of Devon, east of Western to Damen, where their homestead stood, as shown by the dark square on the property. The Fabers began to acquire property beginning in 1848, when Luxembourgian, Nick Faber bought his first 40 acres from Moses S. Trader. The Fabers also owned property on the Ridge but it is not shown on this clip of the map. Faber died in 1861. His daughter, Margaret, was married to Nick Kranz who owned the property at Ridge and Clark (later donated to become Senn HS) and was a neighbor of Faber. The last of Faber's land was the 6 acre strip of land on the NE stretch of Devon from Western to Damen, later known as Margaret Faber's subdivision.
John lamping, a resident of east Rogers park for at least 35 years, has passed on. A feature story about him will be in Wednesday, oct 28 edition of inside news, available at both libraries and online. Written by his friend, neighbor, and reporter for our neighborhood newspaper, Felicia dechter.
Hello, this is a long-shot, but I'm wondering if anyone recognizes this Rogers Park home from the 1930's, owned by Lloyd Columbus Norman (L. C. Norman), son of Chicago architect Andrew E. Norman (A. E. Norman). "Clum" was living at 3019 W. Ardmore in 1930; and, 3023 W. Ardmore in 1932, but this original "1920-1930" rendering of a home that was designed for him doesn't seem to match what I see on Redfin. Also, please correct me if I'm wrong that these addresses are in Rogers Park. He was on W. Palatine by 1940.
Some early 16mm home movies... 1927 Mom and child, dad and extended family, out in front of the home, Christmas, Chicago, Illinois Some charming family footage captured outside their home, a four story apartment on 6412 N Seeley Ave, Chicago. ID'd from film box. 5 min 30 secs 16mm 2k digital scan [
1228 W. Columbia Ave. vintage view. Built and occupied by the Hogan family for a few generations.
In the late 1950's there was a tavern at 3135 Devon called the Skip Inn. (or In) How would I go about finding information or pictures?
Hello Rogers Park History Buffs! There is a new novel out that is loosely based on an orphan's story in the Angel Guardian's Orphanage located at Devon and Ridge (1865-1973). It's by Laura Ruby (my wife) called Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All. It's a young adult novel (fiction) loosely based on the time that my mom, Aunt and Uncle grew up there 1930-1945. It weaves through the Orphanage, the north side of Chicago, the Great Depression, WW II. I thought this might have some interest to West Ridge history buffs, especially since its based on a true story. I did a ton of research, getting a lot of records from the Chicago Archdiocese, and also have a good # of photos from when they were in the orphanage. The book just came out Oct 1. It should be in most local libraries and bookstores. Here's a link to the Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/GgtEyH5WAvw and the website for the book: www.lauraruby.com enjoy!
Here's an interesting 1939 topographic map of the area. You can orient yourself by finding Edgewater golf club which is now Warren Park. From there, you can see the small lagoon in Indian Boundary Park. But take a look a little more north to see what would be Rogers Park and the large pond that existed there. The city acquired the park in 1947. Rogers Park school was built in 1937.
Something special I acquired.
My holy grail! Lyman Budlong was a fascinating person.