Centered around the business district at Devon, Caldwell and Central, Edgebrook is one of the most historic Chicago neighborhoods. The area that is now Edgebrook was once Potawatomi chief Billy Caldwell’s preserve. He helped mediate treaties between Native Americans and the United States, and the federal government ceded him the area in exchange.
While much has changed, the early history of Edgebrook is still apparent in its street pattern, with streets like Caldwell following the old property lines of Caldwell’s former preserve. Modern day Edgebrook has a distinct feel, with large single-family homes and forest preserves dominating the area. In fact, one of the first developments in the area, Old Edgebrook, is hidden from major streets and nestled back in the forest. Much of the development of the area was initially driven by the commuter railroad station at the heart of the community. This station still serves the area today and attracts new residents with its frequent service to the Loop.