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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10/11/2021

Did you join us for the first installment of the Virtual House Walk yesterday? What was your favorite part?

Check out our newest historical acquisition!
09/24/2021
Our New Acquisition

Check out our newest historical acquisition!

President Ken Walchak welcomes the clock into the RPWRHS collection. Many thanks to donor Jeanne E. Heinen, who recently gave us a treasured keepsake that is truly part of our neighborhood’s …

More local stories. Our neighborhood is so full of diversity and different experiences. This series just makes us happy!
08/27/2021
People of Rogers Park — “About three years ago…I moved from Texas;...

More local stories. Our neighborhood is so full of diversity and different experiences. This series just makes us happy!

“About three years ago…I moved from Texas; northeast Dallas: Rowlette. I lived in the same house for twenty-two years. Lived there all my life. Got tired of it. Seeing my brother traveling the world,...

Rogers Park Gems – Caribbean American Bakery
08/25/2021
Rogers Park Gems – Caribbean American Bakery

Rogers Park Gems – Caribbean American Bakery

My list of Rogers Park Gems starts on Howard Street. In the mid ‘90s, Howard Street felt seedy and unsafe, and I felt I was a true urban pioneer to walk inside the Caribbean-American Bakery to purchase a meat pie. 

Morning Read: a little bit from our local Armadillo's Pillow.
08/24/2021
What Literature Looks Like For Armadillo’s Pillow

Morning Read: a little bit from our local Armadillo's Pillow.

Erin Adams, Sullivan Freshman Armadillo’s Pillow 5.0 rating ★★★★★ Many discovered the power of books and literature during the pandemic. One of the finest booksellers in our area is Armadillo’s Pil…

We don't know about you, but we have always dreamed of following this historic route on a nice summer trip. Have you don...
08/13/2021
Historic Illinois Route 66 Map.

We don't know about you, but we have always dreamed of following this historic route on a nice summer trip. Have you done it?

Historic Illinois Route 66 Map.

In the fall of 2020, Silk Road Rising partnered with Asian Human Services to offer EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive ...
07/28/2021
Stories from English Language Learners

In the fall of 2020, Silk Road Rising partnered with Asian Human Services to offer EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course) to English Language Learners (ELL) in Chicago's West Ridge community. Five of these stories have been turned into short virtual plays you can enjoy. We sure loved watching and listening to these! Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9U_hn8dlIQ

"Stories from English Language Learners" features tales of triumph, heartache, sacrifice, and growth: the threat of having to uproot your life amidst dire fi...

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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.