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Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection

Lake View Township and its evolution from an independent municipality into current Northside communities, 1860s-1990s.

More than 100 early photographs represent Lake View Township and its residents, schools, homes, businesses and everyday rituals.

Over the next 100 years North Siders and their neighborhoods experienced tremendous changes as evidenced by their fashion, modes of transportation and the establishment of a number of schools, churches and social clubs. Notable local events include moving the Our Lady of Lourdes church building across Ashland Avenue and breaking ground for the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library.

The Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection is housed in the Northside Neighborhood History Collection.

More CPL Resources

Chicago Newspapers
Online and microfilm.
Neighborhood Archival Collections
Additional collections focusing on Chicago’s neighborhoods.

External Resources

Edgewater Historical Society
Exhibits, events and tours of the Edgewater neighborhood.
Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association
Programs, publications and tours focusing on Chicago northside neighborhood history.