EDGEWATER — Ever wondered what the inside of one of your favorite neighborhood buildings looks like? Curious for the backstory of a beloved business storefront?
The Edgewater Historical Society will attempt to answer those questions and more with its annual tour of historic buildings and homes this month.
For its 29th year, the guided walking tour will focus on a triangular subsection of the neighborhood bounded by Bryn Mawr, Clark and Ridge.
Many properties featured are among the oldest in Edgewater and were built between the 1890s and the 1920s in the style of Chicago cottages, Queen Anne homes, classic Chicago two-flats with custom design elements and some uniquely converted condos in six-flat buildings, according to the historical society.
The event runs from noon-4 p.m. Sept. 17 and begins at Edgewater Baptist Church, 1401 W. Hollywood Ave., where participants will pay the $25 fee and receive a booklet detailing the homes open for the tour.
Each property will contain volunteers who will lead visitors throughout the homes, offering facts and insights along the way.
The entire route is about a mile long and usually takes between about 2-3 hours, according to the historical society.
"Once you have gone on this tour you will see things differently," organizers said. "Neighborhood history will make sense and you will be able to recognize various architectural styles."
Until the event, the tour locations are generally kept secret, but local historians have teased out a few addresses.
Included in the bunch is the lobby of the Parkview residences building, formerly the headquarters of the Maybelline Mascara company, and the Ridge Firehouse, which is now the new home of Chicago Filmmakers.