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Chicago Communities Research Guide: Far North Side

Developed by Professors Rosie Banks and Todd Heldt, this guide lists and describes print and digital resources about Chicago neighborhoods.

Far North District Neighborhoods

Albany Park

(Albany Park, Mayfair, North Mayfair, Ravenswood Manor)


60625, 60630


North: Foster Ave. to Keeler and Kedvale to Argyle to Carmen to Pulaski to North Branch of Chicago River

East: Chicago River

South: Montrose Ave. to Elston to Kostner and then Lawrence

West: Cicero Avenue

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National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial

Located at 2831 W. Lawrence Ave., the National Cambodian Heritage Museum ( seeks to capture the history of Chicago’s Cambodian-Americans and the experience of Cambodian refugees here in Chicago. Their hours are Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm or by appointment on the weekends. While it is possible to take a virtual tour mainly by photographs, it is perhaps better for student researchers to visit the museum itself and learn more about the history and the services that are provided to Cambodian Americans and Cambodian refugees. This is also an opportunity to learn more about the refugee experience here in Chicago.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Cultural Center: American Indian Cultural Center,

• Park: Ronan Park Multicultural Sculpture and Healing Garden, 3000 W. Argyle Street • Park: Turtle Park Garden,

• Cultural Area: Albany Park Theater Project, 5100 N. Ridgeway Avenue

• Cultural Area: Global Gardens Refugee Training Farm,


(Andersonville, Edgewater, Edgewater Glen, Epic, Lakewood/Balmoral)


60640, 60660


North: Devon and Sheridan

East: Lake Michigan

South: Foster Avenue

West: Ravenswood Avenue

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Gerber/Hart Library and Archives Located at 6500 N. Clark St., this archive ( focuses on LGBTQ+ material and is free to access by student researchers. Access times and days are limited; however, they do have an archive collections guide so that students can prepare for their visit beforehand.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Cultural Center: Swedish American Museum,

• Art Center: 6018 North, 6018 North Kenmore Avenue • Historic Area: Rosehill Cemetery, (Walking tours) • Historical Society: Edgewater Historical Society and Museum,, 5358 N. Ashland Avenue

• Newspaper: Edgeville Buzz,

Edison Park

(Edison Park)




North: Howard St.

East: Harlem Avenue

South: Palatine to Odell and then Devon Ave.

West: Ozanam Ave. to Touhy and then City Limits

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Northwestern Society of Model Railroaders at the Edison Park Fieldhouse

The fieldhouse at Edison Park, as do most fieldhouses within the Chicago Park District, offer a number of activities for neighborhood families. The Edison Park fieldhouse (6765 Northwest Highway) hosts the Northwestern Society of Model Railroaders, which meets weekly. Student researchers might visit the fieldhouse as a way to learn more about the

Edison Park neighborhood/community area; however, if they are interested in communities built around model railroading, then contacting this sociey and interviewing one of the members is a way to start.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Park: Edison Park, 6755 N. Northwest Highway

• Community Organization: Edison Park Chamber of Commerce, 6730 N. Ohmsted Avenue

Forest Glen

(Edgebrook, Forest Glen, Middle Edgebrook, Sauganash, Wildwood)


60630, 60646


North: Touhy to City Limits to Lehigh to City Limits to Central to City Limits to Ionia to Devon

East: C&NWRR to Peterson to Rogers to Bryn Mawr and then Kostner to North Branch of Chicago River to Cicero down to Lawrence

South: Lawrence to Lavergne

West: Lavergne to Winnemac to LeClaire to Elston to CMSTPPRR to North Branch of Chicago River to City Limits to Caldwell.

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Mary Berkemeier Quinn Park of Trees in Old Edgebrook

The Mary Berkemeier Quinn Park of Trees, located at 6239 N. McClellan Ave., was originally a home and land in Old Edgebrook, Forest Glen’s historic district - owned by the Burkemeiers. When Mary Berkemeier Quinn died, her husband deeded the land to the Chicago Park District such that, upon his death, the house would be demolished and at least 20 trees would be planted on the land. The Chicago Park District honored the terms of the deed. Student researchers might use this opportunity to not only visit the park, but experience Old Edgebrook, which has a distinct history.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Historic Area: Old Edgesbrook, Between Central and Devon Avenues (surrounded by Cook County Forest Preserves)

• Historic Building: Queen of all Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Avenue

Jefferson Park

(Gladstone Park, Jefferson Park)


60630, 60646


North: Devon at Melvina and North Branch of Chicago River

East: CMSTP&PRR to Elston and then LeClaire to Winnemac and then Laverne to Lawrence

South: Lawrence to Central and then Gunnison

West: Nagle to Bryn Mawr and then Austin to Indian Rd to Devon Ave.

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Ed Paschke Art Center

See the story of Vaca Victoria as given in the How to Use guide for an interesting story about the Ed Paschke Art Center. Free to the public, though it’s good to bring even a small donation, the Ed Paschke Art Center features the work of Ed Paschke, a Chicago artist whose studio was located in Rogers Park for most of his life. He taught a form of art that was fairly surreal, but that encouraged a new look at social issues of the moment. Student researchers interested in the work of relatively contemporary Chicago artists on urban life would do well to look at the life and work of Ed Paschke.

Lincoln Square

(Bowmanville, Budlong Woods, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Ravenswood Gardens)


60625, 60640


North: Bryn Mawr to Western and then Peterson

East: Ravenswood Avenue

South: Montrose Avenue

West: North Shore Channel and North Branch Chicago River

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Dank Haus German American Cultural Center The Dank Haus German American Cultural Center ( offers useful information regarding Chicago’s German American communities. Student Researchers should visit their library or any one of their local exhibits and programs. They do include information for researchers interested in accessing materials in their collections.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Cultural Area: Giddings Plaza (Kempf Plaza), Giddings and Lincoln Avenues

• Historic Building: Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue

North Park

(Hollywood Park, North Park, Pulaski Park)


60625, 60646, 60659


North: North Branch of Chicago river to Bryn Mawr to Kostner and then Rogers to Peterson and then CNWRR to Devon

East: North Shore Channel; S. North Branch of Chicago River to Pulaski and then Argyle to Kedvale and then Keeler and then Foster between Carmen and Cicero

South: North Branch of Chicago River to Pulaski and then Argyle to Kedvale and then Keeler and then Foster between Carmen and Cicero

West: Cicero Avenue

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Gompers Park

Gompers Park is so named in honor of Samuel Gompers. It is run by the Chicago Park District. Student researchers might visit the park to learn more about Gompers’ legacy and labor history as well as to experience the park itself.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Park: Peterson Park, Peterson and Pulaski Avenues

Norwood Park

(Big Oaks, Norwood Park, Old Norwood, Oriole Park, Union Ridge)


60631, 60646


North: Devon Ave. to Odell Ave. and then Hayes to Harlem and then Neva to Albion and then Newark to Newcastle and then Albion to Milwaukee and then the North Branch of the Chicago River

East: North Branch of Chicago River to Devon Ave. to Indian Rd. to Austin to Bryn Mawr and then Nagle to Alley north of Gunnison!

South: Alley North of Gunnison to Nordica and then Gunnison to Harlem and then Foster to Oriole and Overhill and then Foster to Pacific and then Pioneer Plainfield and then Foster to Cumberland

West: Cumberland to Higgins and then Canfield to Palatine.

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Norwood Park Historical Society ( )

This historical society, located at 5624 N. Newark Avenue, is open for touring on Saturdays from noon to 4pm or by appointment. Norwood Park lays claim on its website to Chicago’s “oldest existing home” — a claim potentially contested by the histories of the Clarke House on the Near South Side and by the Iglehart House in Morgan Park (See the citation above). As with the Clarke House, the Norwood Park Historical Society uses the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, which hosts the society to display its archives of Norwood Park and to display rooms in the house as they were historically furnished. Student researchers interested in how Chicago acquired adjacent small towns and communities as part of its urban growth, in exploring the claim to Chicago’s oldest X, or in exploring historical interior design might benefit from visiting this society.


(O’Hare, Schorsch Forest View)


60656, 60666


North: Touhy to Mt. Prospect Rd to Higgins Rd to Mannheim and then there’s a divide along Foster Ave. and the DesPlaines River is in the breach and then there’s Higgins Rd.

East: Cumberland to Foster and then Argyle and then Lawrence and then Cumberland again to Pontiac

South: Belmont Avenue

West: York Road

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Catherine Chevalier Woods

While it is easy to focus on O’Hare airport for this community area, student researchers might benefit more from checking out the residents of the O’Hare community area, especially those in Schorsch Forest View. The Catherine Chevalier Woods, run by the Lake County Forest Preserve District and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, provides walking access to the Des Plaines River.

Other Primary Sources of Interest

• Newspaper: Chicago Northwest, • Newspaper: Northwest Side Press,

• Park: Schiller Woods (“Fountain of Youth”), Irving Park Road., Schiller Park, IL

• Park: Ned Brown Preserve, E. Higgins Road and Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL

Rogers Park

(Loyola, Rogers Park) 





NorthHoward St. to CM.S.T.P. &P.R.R. to S. Line Calvary Cemetery 

East: Lake Michigan 

South: Devon Avenue 

West: Ridge Avenue 

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Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society  This historical society endeavors to preserve the historical features of the Rogers Park  and West Ridge communities.  Located at 7363 N. Greenview Avenue, the society features exhibits, various programs to learn more about the communities listed above, and a history wiki on their website ( ). Both their website and their physical location are worth exploring. Aside from learning more about Rogers Park and West Ridge, student researchers might find their resources on investigating the history of buildings and houses especially useful. These resources include a useful .pdf entitled, How to Research Your Neighborhood. 

Other Primary Sources of Interest 

  • Historic Building: Emil Bach House, 7415 N. Sheridan Road 

  • Art Center/Gallery: Glenwood Arts District, 

  • Community Organization: Network 49,  


(Clarendon Park, Buena Park, New Chinatown, Sheridan Park, Uptown) 


60613, 60640 


North: Foster Avenue 

EastLake Michigan (incl. Lincoln Park and Montrose Harbor); 

SouthIrving Park to Clark St. and then Montrose Ave. 

West: Ravenswood Avenue 

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Haitian American Museum of Chicago 

Founded by Elsie Hernandez, a faculty member at Olive Harvey College, the Haitian American Museum of Chicago highlights Haitian and Haitian American culture and seeks to educate the public about Chicagos Haitian Americans. The museum is physically located at 4654 N. Racine Ave., which is down the street from Truman College, and a discount is available for City Colleges of Chicago students. 

Uptown Update (newspaper) 

The Uptown Update ( is a community newspaper, meaning that it offers useful local information for Uptown residents. The Uptown represented by the newspaper is the neighborhood, not the community area as a whole. Most community newspapers are great at sharing resources that are available to residents, noting concerns about crime or city services, communicating messages from the alderperson or police precinct, and sometimes offering general editorials and commentary on the state of things in the neighborhood. Student researchers can definitely use this and other community newspapers to get some insight into how the community perceives itself, what the community finds news-worthy, and what concerns the community, i.e. strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and basic information. 

Other Primary Sources of Interest 

  • Cultural Area: West Argyle Street Historic District aka Asia on Argyle,  

  • Cultural and Historic Building: Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway Ave., 

West Ridge (originally called North Town or West Rogers Park) 

(Northtown, Peterson Park, Rosehill, West Ridge, West Rogers Park) 



60645, 60659 


North: Howard Street 

EastRidge Ave. to Devon Ave. and then Ravenswood Ave.  

SouthPeterson Ave. to Western Ave. and then Bryn Mawr Ave.  

WestN. shore Channel to Devon Ave. and then Kedzie Ave.  

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National Indo-American Museum nee Indo-American Heritage Museum 

Located in the Indo-American Center on 6328 N. California Avenue, just south of the famous Devon Avenue, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of Chicagos Indian-Americans.  The museum considers itself a living museum in that it organizes programs and does extensive outreach to do its work.  Student researchers should visit the museums website at to see what current exhibits are available and/or to seek an interview with the museums curators on aspects of the Indian-American experience. 

Other Primary Sources of Interest 

  • Cultural Area: Devon Avenue 

  • Natural Area: West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Western Avenue

  • Cultural Center: IQRA’ Book Center, 2749 W. Devon Avenue 

  • Parks: Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Avenue; Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Avenue

  • Historical Area: Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District, N. Talman Avenue and W. Arthur Street 

  • Historic Building: Saint Henrys Church and Graveyard, 6335 N. Hoyne Avenue