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Evanston Sites to Tour During Open House Chicago

Chicago is known for its incredible architecture, but there’s no shortage of amazing buildings around the North Shore too. Now, you’ll have a chance to tour some of those iconic structures during Open House Chicago, a free festival by the Chicago Architecture Foundation that gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at more than 200 buildings in 48 hours. This year’s event is scheduled for Oct. 14-15, so mark your calendars and get ready to explore these Evanston sites.


American Toby Jug Museum

910 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Evanston is home to the largest collection of Toby and character jugs in the world. If you’ve never explored this museum, stop by next month to see more than 8,000 mugs depicting everything from presidents and world leaders to cartoon characters and superheroes. Open House Chicago hours: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toby Jug Museum



Bahá’í House of Worship

100 Linden Ave., Wilmette

The Bahá'í House of Worship, the first temple of the Bahá'í faith in the western hemisphere, just might be the most beautiful architectural structure on the North Shore. The temple is open to all people for prayer and meditation, which is evident in the design as well — architect Louis Bourgeois was inspired by architectural characteristics from other religions when building this house of worship. During Open House Chicago, guests will not only be able to explore the grounds of the temple, but they will also be able to take photos inside, which is usually not permitted. Open House Chicago hours: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Baha'i Temple



Evanston History Center (Dawes House)

225 Greenwood St., Evanston

The Dawes House was built from 1894-1895 and was home to U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Charles Gates Dawes. The mansion features 25 rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 11 fireplaces, and was designed by architect Henry Edwards-Ficken. Evanston History Center staffers and guides will be on hand during Open House Chicago for tours. Open House Chicago hours: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Evanston History Center



FEW Spirits Distillery

918 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Evanston’s first distillery is making handcrafted whiskeys and gins in the home of the Temperance Movement. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making these award winning drinks with a tour of the distillery. You’ll even be able to sample a few spirits. Open House Chicago hours: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Few Spirits



Frances Willard House Museum (Rest Cottage)

1730 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Frances E. Willard (who inspired the name of the aforementioned FEW Spirits) played a prominent role in the Temperance Movement as president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She also fought for women’s rights and other social reforms. The Frances Willard House is now a National Historic Landmark and features a variety of photos and artifacts that tell the story of Willard’s life. Open House Chicago hours: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Frances Willard House



Northwestern University

633 Clark St., Evanston

Open House Chicago will provide access to multiple areas of Northwestern’s campus. Participants will marvel at the gorgeous stained glass windows of Alice Millar Chapel, explore the Charles Deering Library, see the original 18.5-inch telescope (once the largest in the world) at Dearborn Observatory, and lastly, walk the sidelines (and sit in the press box) at Ryan Field. Open House Chicago hours: Various


Deering Library Northwestern University



Margarita European Inn

1566 Oak Ave., Evanston

The Margarita Club for Working Women became the Margarita European Inn when renovations began in 1989. The elegant Grand Parlor—with its arched windows, fireplace and French doors—maintains its original charm and ambiance, as does the comfortable English library tucked away off the main stairs. A complete renovation was done in 2014 transforming all of the rooms into comfortable hotel rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a luxury unheard-of in 1927. A seasonal roof deck has been added for guests to enjoy.


Margarita European Inn

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