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History Centers

Find out the history of Chicago’s North Shore and our unique communities through their history centers. The Charles Gates Dawes House, former home of this U.S. President houses the Evanston History Center and there are many others that have proudly catalogued their people and places. Frances Willard House Museum tells the story of this famous suffragist in her actual home and learn the history of the Kennicott House which the Kennicott family settled in 1836. The land and their way of life is chronicled in this historic landmark.

Evanston History Center

225 Greenwood St. Evanston
(847) 475-3410
Housed in the gracious historic mansion of former U.S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, this stunning chateau overlooks Lake Michigan. Visitors and history buffs ... MORE

Frances Willard House

1730 Chicago Ave. Evanston
(847) 328-7500
The historic home of one of the most prominent social reformers in the 19th century America. Willard rallied support for temperance as well as many important reform ... MORE

Grove National Historic Landmark

1421 Milwaukee Ave. Glenview
(847) 299-6096
The Grove offers 145 acres of nature preserve with trails to walk through woodland, prairie and natural wetlands. Visitors will enjoy the Interpretive Center filled ... MORE

Northbrook History Museum and Artisan Inn Shop

1776 Walters Ave. Northbrook
(847) 498-3404
Discover this collection which establishes the history of the Village of Northbrook, it's exploration, settlement, development and progress. Visit the Artisan Inn Sh... MORE

Schmidt Burnham Log House

1140 Willow Rd. Winnetka
(847) 446-0001
The Log House is open once a month on Sundays from May through October. This log house is the oldest log structure in Cook County that is still in use most likely bu... MORE

Skokie Heritage Museum

8031 Floral Ave. Skokie
(847) 677-6672
The Historic Engine House is a beautifully restored building with a reference library for public use. The Fire Department exhibit includes a reconstructed 1800s Ladd... MORE

Wheeling Historical Society & Museum

251 N. Wolf Rd. Wheeling
(847) 537-3119
The past is never lost – as long as it is remembered. Towards that goal, the Wheeling Historical Society collects and preserves significant materials related t... MORE

Winnetka Historical Society

411 Linden St. Winnetka
(847) 446-0001
Founded in 1932, this organization owns and operates two historic buildings. The museum and headquarters at 411 Linden Street houses exhibit and gallery space and is... MORE