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Edgewater is a Chicago community area in the far North Side of the City of Chicago, Illinois seven miles north of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by the neighborhoods of Rogers Park to the north, Uptown to the south, Lincoln Square to the west and south and West Ridge to the west and north. As one of Chicago’s 77 official community areas, Edgewater is bounded by Foster Avenue on the south, Devon Avenue on the north, Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east. Edgewater contains several beaches that residents enjoy in the warm months. Historically, Edgewater was once part of Lake View Township, an independent suburb which was annexed by the city of Chicago in 1889.

Edgewater has the second highest population density of any of the neighborhoods in Chicago.

Edgewater was first developed around the 1890s as a summer home for Chicago’s elite. With the exception of pockets acknowledged as historic districts (like the Bryn Mawr Historic District), Edgewater (actually, Edgewater Beach) boasts a skyline of apartment buildings, condominium complexes, and mid-rise homes.

Edgewater shot of city

Distance to Downtown Chicago: 7 miles

Average Drive Times: 18 minutes to Chicago Loop/33 minutes to O’Hare Airport/31 minutes to Midway Airport

Transportation: The CTA’s Red Line has stops at Loyola(Devon), Granville, Thorndale, Bryn Mawr and Berwyn. Buses run along Sheridan and the Lake Shore Drive. The Metra train stops near Lawrence and Ravenswood. Travel to the Loop on Lake Shore Drive takes about 15 minutes.

Recreation: Edgewater has five lakefront parks including Osterman Beach, George Lane Park, Berger Park and two others between Ardmore and Devon.


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