Edgeville Buzz

  • From Fighting Moguls to Tragic Tales, Rosehill Cemetery has a Ghost Story for Everyone
    From Fighting Moguls to Tragic Tales, Rosehill Cemetery has a Ghost Story for Everyone

    Gather around ghosts and ghouls: It’s time for some more local ghost stories. This year, I’m going to focus on local Rosehill Cemetery at 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. And yes, pendants among us, Rosehill is technically only Edgewater-adjacent, but the stories, collected from www.ghostresearch.org, are too good to ignore. Rosehill was founded in 1859 and […]

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  • Beautiful and Local: Instagram in Edgewater and Andersonville

    For those not in the know, Instagram is a social networking, mobile application, or app, built around photography. People around the world post pictures of everything from the beautiful design on the top of their latte to breaking news. One of the things I love most about Instagram is how it shows little snippets of […]

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  • Famous Fido Moving to a Larger New Location
    Famous Fido Moving to a Larger New Location

    Famous Fido, an animal rescue sanctuary, is moving from 5430 N. Clark, its home for the last 10 years, to 3124 W. Irving Park. The move will likely take place in September, pending zoning and funding. “We love Andersonville, and all the support we get from Andersonville,” said Gloria Lissner, the sanctuary’s owner and founder. But […]

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  • To Kodiak and Back: a Story of a Spittoon
    To Kodiak and Back: a Story of a Spittoon

    The Edgewater Historical Society was kind enough to invite me to their Spring Fundraiser. It included a silent auction ranging from options like breakfast with 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman to my favorite, a value pack of gift certificates to Gethsemane Garden Center and Father and Son Barber Shop. The item of the night, however, was […]

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  • Edgewater’s Most Curious Places: 5801 N. Glenwood
    Edgewater’s Most Curious Places: 5801 N. Glenwood

    Our next curious building at 5801 N. Glenwood (also known as 5755 N. Ridge) was suggested by Jeane Dufrense and Marko Zaric. I should start by saying that, contrary to popular opinion, this structure most likely wasn’t built as a theater, let alone one for Charlie Chaplin, as persistent rumors claim. While it’s true that […]

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  • Edgewater’s Most Curious Places:  the Colvin House
    Edgewater’s Most Curious Places: the Colvin House

      A couple of months ago we asked readers what buildings in our neighborhood interested them. One of those buildings was the Edwin Colvin house at 5940 Sheridan, suggested by readers Jim Calto & Amy Baxter; an excellent choice since it was designated as a Chicago landmark in 1994 and is a fine example of […]

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  • Secrets Behind Open House Chicago: Edgewater Edition
    Secrets Behind Open House Chicago: Edgewater Edition

    While waiting in line for the Emil Bach House as part of Open House Chicago (OHC), a friend commented, “I wonder how they decide what’s on the list.” I had never really thought about it but with Edgewater being featured for the first time, I realized that this was a question that needed answering. Garrett […]

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  • Local Ghost Stories To Get You In The Halloween Spirit
    Local Ghost Stories To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

    Ready to get your inner ghoul out this Halloween? Here are a few local haunts to get you started right. In Edgewater, the most famous haunting is probably the sadly closed Old Saint Andrews Inn. The story goes that the original owner, Frank Giff, was so devoted to his bar and his drinking that he […]

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  • Vicariously Explore the Abandoned Edgewater Hospital with Urban Explorers Matt Tuteur and Eric Holubow
    Vicariously Explore the Abandoned Edgewater Hospital with Urban Explorers Matt Tuteur and Eric Holubow

    It’s probably not a surprise to Edgeville Buzz readers that I am fascinated with abandoned old buildings. There’s just something about a place stuck in history, one you aren’t allowed to see. I’m not the only one either. From the Facebook group Forgotten Chicago to the increasing popularity of urban exploring, interest in shuttered or […]

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  • Catching Up With a Landmark:  Andersonville Water Tower Update
    Catching Up With a Landmark: Andersonville Water Tower Update

    Been wondering what’s happening with Andersonville’s Water Tower since their Midsommer fundraising success? We were too, so we checked in with the Swedish American Museum’s Executive Director, Karin Abercrombie. Fundraising has continued to go well; they’ve raised $60,000, more than a third of their $150,000 goal. It’s not just been large events like Midsommerfest either […]

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  • Ace Hardware Building To Be Demolished For New Condo Development

    After several years and two previous failed attempts, the old Ace Hardware building at 5820-5826 Clark St. has finally been sold. It’s been empty since the store closed in 2011. The first proposed sale would have brought a Whole Foods, which, when the sale fell through, fueled constant rumors over the next few years that […]

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  • Is Loyola’s Growth Spurt Into Edgewater Ending?

    Loyola University has been undergoing a huge growth spurt. From their new green “people street” on Kenmore to the Montserrat rental properties on Sheridan & Albion and their co-sponsoring of the Loyola Red Line station, Loyola has spent over $660 million just on their lake front campus in the last ten years. This burst of […]

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  • Thorndale History And Rumors, A Monument of Sorts to Community Agitator

    While we’re celebrating Thorndale, here’s a few historical facts. Thorndale, like many of the streets in Edgewater was named for a train station on the former PRR Main train line in Pennsylvania. Edgewater’s founder, John Lewis Cochran, was from Philadelphia and seemingly possessed either a strong streak of nostalgia or absolutely no imagination whatsoever. Speaking of […]

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