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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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.

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.".

09/08/2020
Loyola University

Morning Read: http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/766.html

Founded in 1870 by Father Arnold Damen, S.J., Saint Ignatius College was renamed Loyola University in 1909. The university began instruction at 1076 W. Roosevelt Road and in 1912 began a 10-year process of relocation to its Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park. A downtown campus was established in the L...

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09/06/2020

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Join 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in a virtual Living History Program August 26, marking the 100th anniversary of f...
08/16/2020
100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: A Celebration with Alderwoman Maria Hadden

Join 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in a virtual Living History Program August 26, marking the 100th anniversary of final ratification of the 19th amendment that finally recognized women's right to vote. Register to get your Zoom Link at https://rpwrhs.org/program/100-years-of-womens-suffrage/

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment granted the vote to women nationwide. Join us on Zoom for an online celebration of the centennial with 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden.

Good review of the new art exhibit on display at our office, 7363 N Greenview. Visitors welcome during open hours, 10 a....
07/22/2020
The Past Is Present: A Review of Birchbark, Wiigwaas

Good review of the new art exhibit on display at our office, 7363 N Greenview. Visitors welcome during open hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Masks and appropriate social distancing required. https://art.newcity.com/2020/07/20/the-past-is-present-a-review-of-birchbark-wiigwaas/

All these materials work together to make the stories and experiences of indigenous Americans central to the story of Chicago, both historically and today.

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07/02/2020

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Morning Read: A brief history of West Ridge http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1341.html
06/30/2020
West Ridge

Morning Read: A brief history of West Ridge http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1341.html

Community Area 2, 9 miles N of the Loop. West Ridge, also called West Rogers Park or North Town, lies nestled between Ridge Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Potawatomi established villages in this area in the seventeenth century but were forced to abandon their claims in a series of treaties betw...

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06/25/2020

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06/18/2020

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06/11/2020

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Morning Read: Roger Touhy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Touhy
06/09/2020
Roger Touhy - Wikipedia

Morning Read: Roger Touhy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Touhy

Roger Touhy (September 18, 1898 – December 16, 1959) was an Irish-American mob boss and prohibition-era bootlegger from Chicago, Illinois. He is best remembered for having been framed for the 1933 faked kidnapping of gangster John "Jake the Barber" Factor, a brother of cosmetics manufacturer Max F...

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06/04/2020

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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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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.
Via Vibecke Knudtzon Gausel: "My grandfather (from Norway) lived and worked as a building engineer in Chicago between 1926-1930. He photographed over 200 photos of the city. I appreciate comments." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2330828560521359&set=oa.1894565583976942&type=3&theater