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Author Talk | Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel

Thursday, April 7

Nothing epitomized the glamour and excitement of Chicago’s jazz age and big band era like the fabled Edgewater Beach Hotel. Much more than a hotel, the Edgewater Beach was a world unto itself–the only urban resort of its kind in the nation. On April 7, join the Guild of the Chicago History Museum for a luncheon and presentation where we’ll hear from author John Holden about his latest book, Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Side, the Edgewater Beach Hotel offered swimming, golf, dancing, fabulous floor shows, unique watering holes, and, of course, some of the best jazz and swing music of its era. Many of the legends of the big band era played its stages, and many of Hollywood’s leading stars crossed its footlights. It was a stomping ground for both the rich and famous as well as ordinary people who wanted a small taste of the high life. The Edgewater Beach Hotel was world renowned. But the social upheaval of the 1960s, the ascendance of automobile culture, and rapid urban change led to its demise.

Questions? Contact Nell McKeown, development events manager, at [email protected]





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Interior view of dining room at Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1919-1925.
Exterior view of Edgewater Beach Hotel, located at 5349 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1928.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the National Conference on Religion and Race at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
Showgirls pose by the pool at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, 5349 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois.

The Details



7 th

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

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