Edgewater Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
With so much history behind it, it’s not surprising that one might want to experience Chicago as residents did a century ago. Thanks to the neighborhood of Edgewater, it’s almost possible; this area is home to two well-restored historic districts that offer a glimpse of 1890s Chicago.
Located on the north side of the city, seven miles from the Loop, 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. The community offers several beaches, as well as Lincoln Park, which stretches south for seven miles along the waterfront. With the exception of its historic districts, today’s Edgewater features a skyline of high-rise apartments and condominiums.
Edgewater was developed in the 1880s by prominent developer John Lewis Cochran. His homes can still be found in the Lakewood Balmoral Historic District, (Bryn Mawr Avenue to the north, Broadway the east, Foster Avenue to the south and Glenwood Avenue to the west) primarily a collection of residences, many dating to the 1890s.
The Bryn Mawr Historic District (on Bryn Mawr Avenue from Sheridan to Broadway) features residential and commercial Art Deco and Tudor Revival architecture, and includes the castle-like Manor House and the flamingo-pink Edgewater Beach Apartments.
The area enjoys a mind-boggling array of restaurants, and is also well known for antique shops including the Edgewater Antique Mall, Broadway Antique Market and Brownstone Antiques.
Children in Edgewater are served by Chicago Public Schools, private schools and several religiously-affiliated schools. College students can attend Loyola University of Chicago’s campus, on the lake at the north end of Sheridan Road.
Public transportation is available via CTA’s elevated Red Line tracks just off Broadway Avenue. Numerous bus routes are also available, as is private transportation service. Bicycle and rickshaw rentals can be found in the summer near Foster Beach.