Number 77 of the Chicago 77

September 22, 2009

About Chicago

For the last several months I have been writing for the Chicago 77 Real Estate Blog. The title came from the 77 communities that make up the City. Some of my posts have been brief market updates and other longer and more substantive. In thinking of a new post to write, I realized I had not actually written any specifically about these 77 communities. Today is my first. I am starting with number 77, the Edgewater area. What really makes up the character and the sustainability of Chicago is its neighborhoods. That is why I have decided to start writing about them.

A Neighborhood of Many Communities

the-pink-building-sqEdgewater has one of Chicago?s greatest treasures of its park and lakefront on the East, north to south from Devon Avenue to Foster Ravenswood to its West. Growing up in Chicago I learned all neighborhoods have pocket communities. Growing up a North sider, I learned those of the Edgewater area early on. Some center around its churches and schools and for Andersonville it has always been its strong retail corridor of Clark Street. Long ago a strong Swedish community, there are still a few restaurants left but the streets are now filled with a large variety of restaurants and many other retail shops making Andersonville a destination place. At the very North end is everyone?s favorite place to roam, Gethsemane Garden Center.

One of the sustaining factors of the greater neighborhood are residential areas of single family homes. Their residents take great pride in identifying themselves with homey names like Edgewater Glen, Lakewood-Balmoral and Magnolia Glen. These areas are where you find many of Chicago?s traditional ?American 4 Square? homes, some on the larger than typically 125 x 25 city lot.

Over the years most of the mansions on Sheridan Road have been replaced by high rises skirting the North side beaches. One building that has been there since 1929 is what most people who go through the city using Lake Shore Drive refer to as the ?Pink? building, the Landmark Edgewater Beach Apartments, a coop since the 1950?s. These grand apartments have been home to some of the most famous Chicagoans.

To further explore the history visit the Edgewater Historical Society.

We’d like to thank John Picken for sharing today’s photo via the Creative Common’s License.
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About Andrea Geller

Andrea Geller, Realtor® with Sudler Sotheby?s International Realty, specializes in residential real estate sales and marketing of resale properties and new construction homes. Acknowledged as an expert in the real estate industry, Andrea has been interviewed for industry related articles for print and online media including the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Reuters,, and Illinois Realtor Magazine. Andrea's commitment extends to the community as an active member of several professional associations. Her appointments include the Board of Directors of the Chicago, Illinois, and National Association of Realtors® and the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. She markets herself under HOT PROPERTY®, an innovation in the real estate industry led by Chaz Walters that has been marketed since the 1990s. This unique real estate concept is always a step ahead of the industry providing marketing from cutting edge interactive exposure to targeted innovative advertising opportunities. Visit her at or 773.868.3090.

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