Chicago West Ridge Ramble - Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10am to 11:30am
West Ridge was inhabited by Potawatomi Indians in the 17th century. German and Scandinavian farmers settled and farmed here during the 1830s and 1840s. Chicago annexed the area in 1893. Development took off in the 1920s following the establishment of a streetcar line to this part of the city and in response to the unprecedented demand for housing at the end of WWI.
This walk takes you through two National Register Historic Districts: Rogers Park Manor and Talman West Ridge. The districts were so designated because of their collection of bungalows built between 1919 and 1930.
The bungalow was designed as a practical, efficient and affordable form of housing that allowed many to participate in the American Dream of home ownership. The bungalow is part of Chicago’s history and its legacy is the more than 80,000 bungalows or 1/3 of the city’s single family housing stock that still stands today.
Between 1920 and 1929 over 22 nationalities (predominately European) were represented in West Ridge. Today, Jewish, Indian, South Asian, Hispanics and Blacks comprise a little over half of the ethnic makeup of West Ridge.
West Ridge Neighborhood
Please note: Due to CoVid-19 restrictions in Cook County, this event is limited to 25 members. If COVID-19 restrictions change, we will adjust the restrictions for this event to comply.