April 3, 2009

House Tour and History Walk - North of Howard

Please join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society for its 23rd Annual House Tour/History Walk featuring Germania, Howard Street, and Eastlake Terrace.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009
Hours: 1:00 to 5:00 (registration open from 12:30 to 4:00)
Price: $16 for Society members, $20 for the public
Starting point: 1643 West Howard, at the historic Howard Theatre building immediately east of the newly renovated Howard "L" station (free parking in rear)

What major Chicago radio station started out on Howard Street? (Hint: their early slogan was "We Broadcast from the BroadMoor") What travel film impresario had his movie studio at Rogers and Ashland? What famous radio personality swam to work from his Eastlake Terrace home to his job on Navy Pier?

Find out about all of this and much more of the colorful history of the far northeastern corner Chicago! This year’s tour features a dozen homes and historic sites exploring the history and development of Howard Street in its nightlife heyday, the annexation of Germania from Evanston into Chicago in 1915, and the beautiful lake views from the private piers off of Eastlake Terrace’s condo buildings.

To purchase tickets for pick-up at the starting point on the day of the event, please mail a check to the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society at 7344 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645. For further information or to reserve tickets, please call (773) 764-4078, email rpwrhs@aol.com, or visit the website

This year's tour will feature the following sites:

1643 W. Howard (in the historic Howard Theatre building): starting point, book sales, and photo gallery
7727 N. Marshfield
1526 W. Juneway Terr., featuring the garden
1500 W. Juneway Terr.
1427 W. Juneway Terr.
1420 W. Juneway Terr.
Northgate Pier, 7639-49 N. Eastlake Terr
7617-19 N. Eastlake Terr.
Bishop Building, 1511 W. Howard
Broadmoor, 7600 N. Bosworth
1426 W. Howard
1607 W. Howard, Housing Opportunities for Women, featured tenant

Jonathan Dixon, president of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

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