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.
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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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Remembering Made in Chicago: A Look At Our Manufacturing Past https://ed.gr/deavv
06/09/2021
Made in Chicago: A Look At Our Manufacturing Past

Remembering Made in Chicago: A Look At Our Manufacturing Past https://ed.gr/deavv

Another in our series of Living History talks By Kay McSpadden, RPWRHS Events Chair and Board Member The scale that started it all. Photo by Stephanie Barto. When most people think of Chicago manuf…

Morning Read: Being active in our community through art and activism is part of the heart of RP.
06/08/2021
Loyola Alum and Artist Shares The Necessity of Activism and Community

Morning Read: Being active in our community through art and activism is part of the heart of RP.

By: Camille Jackson, Loyola Senior Please check out the amazing video profile author Camille Jackson created about Alyssa Cuffie: “Art is a reflection of how we move through the world and see thing…

Curious about RPWRHS and what our mission is? Learn more: https://rpwrhs.org/history/
05/28/2021
Mission & History

Curious about RPWRHS and what our mission is? Learn more: https://rpwrhs.org/history/

Mission The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society collects, preserves and shares the story of the diverse community of Chicago’s far north side. Established by local residents who believed thei…

RPWRHS is honored to be part of the neighborhoods we serve. Help us keep serving you in the ways you want with a donatio...
05/22/2021
Support Neighborhood History With Your Donation

RPWRHS is honored to be part of the neighborhoods we serve. Help us keep serving you in the ways you want with a donation- any amount helps! https://rpwrhs.org/donate/

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…

Student in Rogers Park making a difference by feeding the homeless. https://ed.gr/deavt
05/13/2021
Student makes sandwiches for homeless

Student in Rogers Park making a difference by feeding the homeless.
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By Annika Guinta, Loyola Junior Loyola University Chicago student Mili Patel is helping fight hunger by preparing and handing out sandwiches to the homeless in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. P…

If you live in RP or near Loyola University, you have probably heard of Sister Jean. Here she reflects on her long life....
05/12/2021
Sister Jean reflects on life

If you live in RP or near Loyola University, you have probably heard of Sister Jean. Here she reflects on her long life. https://ed.gr/deavu

By Wes Kinard, Loyola Senior Sister Jean Delores Schmidt, 101 years young, comes from the balmy bay of San Francisco, California. Her impeccable spirit has transcended from coast to coast, leaving …

Have you wondered what history your home may hold? Did you know you can get a full Property History Quest report from us...
05/11/2021
Property History Quest

Have you wondered what history your home may hold? Did you know you can get a full Property History Quest report from us? Learn more here: https://rpwrhs.org/property-history-quest/

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…

Looking for ways to be involved in the neighborhood? Interested in history? We are always looking for volunteers! Learn ...
05/04/2021
Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to be involved in the neighborhood? Interested in history? We are always looking for volunteers! Learn more here: https://rpwrhs.org/volunteer/

The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization focused on preserving and sharing the story of Chicago’s Far North Side. We have openings for volunteers who like hist…

Love looking at these historical aerial views of Chicago.
04/26/2021

Love looking at these historical aerial views of Chicago.

Aerial photograph of Chicago from June of 1937.

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04/26/2021

Hey there! Have we helped you find something from the past? Have you loved our Home Tours? How are we doing? We would love to hear from you! Leave us a review!

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

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: 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
www.chicago.gov

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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7363 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL
60626

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(773) 764-4078

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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.