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Edgewater History Museum


5358 N. Ashland Ave.




Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Refreshments Available 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.

Visitor Experience

Learn about the history and development of Edgewater from those dedicated to preserving it, and explore two engaging exhibits: one on the fabled Edgewater Beach Hotel, another on the notorious Chicago Conspiracy Trial as told through the eyes of a former Edgewater resident who served on the jury.