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  • Images from Odgen Avenue

    Images from Odgen Avenue

    Here are a wonderful range of images from Odgen Avenue, once know as the Old Plank Road as well as a little historical overview. The Chicago Portage and Ottawa Trail a well worn Indian trail was a significant portage traveled by Native Americans, fur traders, and explorers. The trail was improved into a plank toll […]

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  • Old Advertisements

    Old Advertisements

    It’s interesting to see which businesses were in Berwyn and the surrounding area. It’s even more fun to see how they advertised and if their style and messaging compares to today’s ever changing world.

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  • Resources for Stain Glass/Leaded Glass

    Resources for Stain Glass/Leaded Glass

    “The term stained glass can refer to coloured glass as a material or to works made from it. Modern vernacular usage has often extended the term “stained glass” to include domestic leadlight and objets d’art created from lead came and copper foil glasswork exemplified in the famous lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany.” Read the full […]

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  • How it all started

    How it all started

    Berwyn is a community incorporated in 1902 as a village and located approximately 20 minutes to the southwest of the Chicago Loop. The south end of Berwyn today was originally made up of three communities: LaVergne, Upsala or “Swedetown,” and Berwyn. This entire area was bounded by 31st Street, Ogden, Lombard, and Harlem Avenues. At roughly […]

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  • Wedding in Berwyn

    Wedding in Berwyn

    I found this picture in our house when we purchased it in 2004. It had been relevant to the previous owner as I believe her Grandfather was the Justice of Peace. Delux Photo Studio, Berwyn, ILL. Public Wedding held in Berwyn under great tent, 1928. Olm A. Almberg officiating, Justice of the Peace. Earl Tauber, […]

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  • First “Past Times” Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1

    First “Past Times” Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1

    A publication of the Berwyn Historical Society. April-June 1979. Includes: Meetings update, Member updates, From the Station Platform, About the Society, Projects, e.g “Save the Station”, The Berwyn Station, not just another old building by J.R. Brabex, L.McManmon, & T. MC Manmon, And they called it Berwyn, The Burlington Northern’s Chicago-Aurora Line Marks 115th Anniversary […]

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  • Discover some of Berwyn’s artifacts and images in context

    Discover some of Berwyn’s artifacts and images in context

    If you’d like to see some artifacts you should visit City Hall and check out the display cases upstairs in front of the City Council chambers. Or if you’d like to see some great images in context you can stop by the new Walgreens in Cermak Plaza (At the Cermak/Harlem intersection). The New McDonalds on […]

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  • Masonry Restoration

    Masonry Restoration

    Here are some local company’s that are specialized in masonry. If you have any other resources please post a comment or send us an email so we can update this resource list. Very professional and preservation minded http://www.craftonpro.com/

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  • Berwyn Bungalow’s today

    Berwyn Bungalow’s today

    Berwyn has the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the nation. Traditionally, Berwyn Bungalows are one-story buildings with basement and attic, two to three bedrooms, and a living and dining room. Decorative details included oak woodwork and stained glass windows. The finances of the owner at the time they were built determined the specific […]

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  • South Oak Park

    South Oak Park

    At roughly the same time, still another community was developing on the north side of present day Berwyn, aided by “Honest John” Kelly. Located more than 1-1/2 miles north of the growing communities to its south, this area extended from Roosevelt Road to 16th Street and from Ridgeland to Harlem and was first known as […]

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