Discover the Chicago community that transformed into a decadent escape after the Great Chicago fire.
Known as the "Village in the City," the Beverly/Morgan Park community developed as a country retreat for Chicago's social, political, and economic elite after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The area's geography also affected its development; a ridge formed by the last glacier to visit the area over 12,000 years ago placed the community at the highest elevation in the city and made it a perfect place to build large elaborate homes. With a section of the neighborhood designated as the Ridge Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, Beverly/Morgan Park instantly stands out as a unique area of the city because of its diverse architectural styles, notable history, and strong sense of community.
About the Author
Using the extensive collection of images from the Ridge Historical Society, author Joe Oswald chronicles the growth, development, and continuity of this unique urban community. Mr. Oswald, a high school history teacher and author, has lived in the Village in the City his entire life.