Edgewater is one of Chicago’s northern neighborhoods. However with its proximity to the lake, it has always been one of Chicago’s desirable places to live. Devon is to the north of the area, while Lake Michigan continues to mark the Eastern part of the neighborhood. The western and southern borders become slightly complex. For most of Edgewater, Ravenswood Avenue is the western border, while Bryn Marr is the southern border; however, there is a stretch where Broadway is the western border, and Foster is the Southern border. Although the area is farther north, Edgewater is only seven to ten miles north of the Loop.
Like many other areas of Chicago, Edgewater is rich in history. The neighborhood was originally developed in the 1800s for the summer homes of Chicago’s elite. Over the years the neighborhood grew, it grew so big that a portion of the area was renamed Uptown. Therefore, in the 1920s Edgewater was simply considered a section of Uptown. Yet with much determination, the people of Edgewater fought for their neighborhood. By the 1980s Edgewater was reinstated with its original name and stood as a community once again.
Edgewater is well known for its notable location on the lake, with beaches within walking distance. Popular beaches include Osterman Beach, Hollywood Beach, and Foster Beach. These beaches serve as popular attractions for Edgewater in the summer months. Because of the proximity of the beaches and as a symbol for the affluence in the area, the famous Edgewater Beach Hotel was opened in 1916. Although it was demolished, it is still remembered and still very famous for the many famous faces that visited its beauty.
Nowadays, Edgewater is known for its diversity. Its difference is demonstrated through not only its residents, but its restaurants as well. There are many different types of food available in the Edgewater area; however, the African and Asian dining are quite exquisite. In addition to the variety of restaurants, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from in Edgewater. There are places to shop in Edgewater as well; however, most is antique type shopping. Edgewater is well known for antique shops, such as Edgewater Antique Mall, Broadway Antique Mall, and Brownstone Antiques. Edgewater is home to a couple of art galleries, but not many. However, Edgewater is home to three parks, Mellin Playlot Park, Emmerson Park, and Broadway Armory Park. Edgewater is even home to a few fairs and festivals, such as Edgewater GRalley, and St. Andrew’s Greek Fest.
Housing in Edgewater is abundant. Edgewater is home to many high-rise apartment buildings along Lakeshore with breathtaking views. There are also condominium complexes, midrise homes, and single family homes throughout Edgewater. There are also the occasional low rise flats and multiunit courtyard buildings.
Transportation in Edgewater is not a problem whatsoever. Many buses run through the neighborhood frequently. In addition to the buses, there are four red line stops throughout Edgewater. If public transportation is not your choice, Lakeshore Drive is conveniently located for those who use cars. Lakeshore creates an easily accessible way to downtown.