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Edgewater History Museum


5358 N. Ashland Ave.




Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: 10am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible




The Edgewater Historical Society was founded in 1988 to involve the community in the preservation of Edgewater history and promote the preservation of Edgewater landmarks. The Museum opened in 2002 in a 1926 firehouse building on the site of Edgewater's first firehouse. Permanent museum installations include a display of Edgewater Beach Hotel artifacts; information about the three National Register Historic Districts in Edgewater; and the story of the Kransz family, who lived in the area before developer John Lewis Cochran named it Edgewater in 1886. Current exhibits include the _Chicago 7 Conspiracy Tria_l, and the Impact of Lake Michigan's Volatile Rise.

Visitor Experience

Visits to the museum are self-guided but docents are on hand to answer questions. On both Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., a 30-minute talk on the history of the fabled Edgewater Beach Hotel will be offered.