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42nd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12-5 p.m.
Admission: $40 ($45 day of), Members receive $5 discount regardless of purchase date
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Join us in celebrating 42 years of Evanston history and architecture. The Evanston History Center presents the Annual Mother’s Day House Walk on Sunday, May 14, 2017, rain or shine. Houses will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s House Walk is generously supported by Platinum Sponsors Stone Heritage Properties and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Silver Sponsor Three Crowns Park, and Bronze Sponsor American Vintage Home.

The 42nd Annual House Walk marks the centennial of World War I. The homes included in this year’s House Walk reflect how the war affected the lives and homes of the people of Evanston.This House Walk will feature 5 historically and architecturally significant houses, 2 extraordinary coach houses, and the incomparable Levere Memorial Temple in southeast Evanston, the neighborhood surrounding the former home of the Dawes family and current headquarters of the Evanston History Center. Each house has a fascinating story to tell of architectural development, the neighborhood, World War I, and Evanston history. Visitors to the Dawes House will also be able to view Evanston History Center’s new exhibit, “The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized!” which opens in May 2017.

House Walk tickets may be purchased in advance by phone during regular business hours by calling the EHC at 847-475-3410 or by clicking here. Advance ticket sales by phone will be taken until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. Online advance ticket sales will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Tickets are $40 each in advance, $45 on Mother’s Day. EHC members receive a $5 per ticket discount, regardless of purchase date. Children age 12 and over require tickets. Tickets are not mailed but will be available for pick up at the Evanston History Center at 225 Greenwood Street, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Tickets may also be purchased on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at the Evanston History, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are non-refundable. Visa, MC, and checks accepted.

Click here to become an EHC member and receive discounts on House Walk tickets along with other benefits.

Purchase tickets online today!

For more information call 847-475-3410 or e-mail Grace Lehner.

*$5 discount applies to only 2 tickets for individual members, 4 tickets for household members. Additional tickets are full price. Children 12 and over require a ticket.

** Addresses are not available in advance.

***Tickets are not mailed; they may be picked up at the EHC, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. 

Upcoming Exhibit

“The Finishing Touch” Evanston Accessorized!

“The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized!”
an exhibit of clothing accessories for men, women, and children, 1860-2000

On view May 1 – December 2017

Have you given much thought to what accessories you consider essential to your look today? What would you have chosen in 1960, 1900, 1860?

While many think of clothing in terms of garments to cover the body, accessories are a considerable part of our wardrobes and help to define the way we present ourselves to the world. On Monday, May 1, 2017, the Evanston History Center (EHC) will open a new exhibit featuring fashion accessories, some practical and others highly decorative and whimsical, and exploring their uses over time. The items are drawn from EHC’s extensive costume collection which is rich in accessories used by Evanstonians throughout the history of the city. The exhibit is curated by EHC’s costume curator, Janet C. Messmer.

The exhibit explores how accessory items have evolved through time, both in style and use. Some, considered essential in the past, have either changed their forms or fallen into disuse, while others which were unknown to our ancestors are considered vital today. Few women currently carry a vinaigrette filled with smelling salts in their purses (in case they feel faint) or wear a silver chatelaine with an ivory notepad and silver mechanical pencil suspended from it, but their ancestors in the late 19th century well might have. And most people would have difficulty explaining to their ancestors why they must wear a Fitbit today.

Walking sticks, parasols, fans, chatelaines, gloves, hats, shoes, stockings, spurs, riding crops, garters, jewelry, posy holders, shoe trees, cigarette holders, match boxes, and many other items from the mid-19th through the 20th century will be on display. Additionally, the exhibit explores where Evanstonians have acquired their accessories by looking into businesses which created or sold them.

The exhibit runs through December 2017.

Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 1PM-4PM

The Evanston History Center is partnering with the Evanston Public Library (EPL) to bring fashion-related programming to the public throughout the exhibit run.

Fashion Related Film Series
“The September Issue”
Sunday, April 30, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Evanston Public Library, Main Branch
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston

A series of fashion-related films will be shown throughout the exhibit run at the Evanston Public Library. The Main Branch of the library will screen the first film on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. They will show “The September Issue,” a fascinating documentary that goes behind the scenes at Vogue Magazine as staff pull together their most important issue of the year.

The film screen is free and open to all.

Make an Accessory Workshop
Sunday, April 30, 2017
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Evanston Public Library, Main Branch
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston

Stick around after the film screening of “The September Issue,” to take part in a “Make an Accessory Workshop,” led by EPL’s Kim Hiltwein. The workshop will guide attendees in making cool items to accessorize their wardrobes.

The workshop is free and open to all.

Stay tuned for a full list of other related events and film screenings.


2017 Walking Tours

The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape.


All tours, unless otherwise stated, meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston.


Tours vary but are occasionally repeated, and are generally offered on the first and third Saturday of the month.

Tours begin at 11:00 AM and last for 90 minutes.


The cost is $20 per person/$15 for members, unless otherwise stated. Admission is payable at the door.

Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell, or 847-475-3410.


Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Types of Tours

NEW THIS YEAR: Prairie School Camelot Bus Tour
1:00 pm on September 16, 2017
Admission: $25/person/$20 members. Reservations Required.

Did you know that Evanston is a treasure trove of Prairie School architecture? Some of the most notable examples are in Evanston, along with some of the best-kept secrets. Come along with us and discover Evanston’s Prairie gems. The bus will leave at 1:00 pm from the Evanston History Center.

NEW THIS YEAR: Forest Foray
June 3 & August 19, 2017

Stroll down the avenue that Daniel Burnham called “the choicest street” in Evanston. From Greenwood to Lee Street we will pass remarkable houses designed by notable architects for such prominent clients as Charles Ringling and Oscar Mayer.

Architectural Evanston
August 5, 2017

A walk through the original town of Evanston, with a view to the architectural styles of different eras and how they reflect the growth and change of the city.

Burnham in Evanston
June 17 & October 21, 2017

Explore the neighborhood where architect Daniel Burnham chose to live, work, and build. We will see his property, houses, and schools he designed, and hear about the man and his love of “bucolic Evanston.”

Evanston’s Lakefront
July 1 & September 2, 2017

Take in the rich, varied history of Evanston’s lakefront. From lifesaving stations to shipwrecks, from boathouses to warehouses, from parks and private residences to piers, beaches, and landscaping:  the stories are as varied as the lakefront itself.

Evanston Women’s History
July 15 & October 7, 2017

Discover the revolutionary history of Evanston’s women by viewing the houses and buildings where they worked to transform our cultural landscape. This tour meets at WILLARD HOUSE, 1740 CHICAGO AVENUE.

Group walking tours can be scheduled by appointment. To get more information on group walking tour options, please contact us at (847) 475-3410 or e-mail Kris Hartzell.