Events

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Click on the event listing below to make a reservation:

“The Leopold and Loeb Files” An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes, a presentation by Nina Barrett. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

“High-Risers:”Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, a presentation by Ben Austen. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

“Evanston Rides the Rails,” a fully narrated tour of the CTA’s Pink and Brown line by CTA historians. Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9am

“Redlined:” A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community on 1960s Chicago, a presentation by Linda Gartz
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

Have a suggestion for an event topic or speaker? Please email Jenny Thompson: jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org


Evanston History Center 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.

Location

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

Hours

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

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

Admission

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.

Parking

Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Types of Tours

Architectural Evanston
October 6, 2018

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

Downtown Evanston – this tour begins at Fountain Square
October 20, 2018

Consider the distinctive character of downtown Evanston by taking a closer look at historic buildings and byways. Discover the hidden treasures and little-known stories of our community. This tour meets at FOUNTAIN SQUARE.

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.


“1968: Seasons of Change”

A Calendar of Events Jointly Presented by
The Evanston History Center and the Evanston Public Library

Events take place at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street and at the Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL

Click here to view and download a PDF with all the upcoming events

Under the Buffalo- Fall 2018 Season

“The Leopold and Loeb Files”
An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes. Nina Barrett

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7 p.m. (reception starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Click here to make a reservation.

Join us for a presentation by Nina Barrett as she discusses Chicago’s infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case. The fact that two wealthy Chicago college students had killed for “the excitement of it” would both horrify and captivate the public imagination for nearly a century, inspiring numerous fictional accounts, including Hitchcock’s classic film, Rope. Barrett’s enthralling book tells the chilling story chiefly through a rare collection of carefully arranged primary source material, including confessions, court transcripts, psychological reports, and evidence photos. The result is a stunning resurrection of the case’s historical context and the American scene of the 1920s.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of The Leopold and Loeb Files will be available for sale at the event.

A reception catered by Whole Foods Market kicks off each event at 6:30 p.m.

“High Risers:” Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7 p.m. (reception starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Click here to make a reservation.

The public housing facility, Cabrini-Green, once home to 20,000 Chicago residents, provides the basis for Ben Austen’s exploration of America’s public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. Told movingly through the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex’s demise, High Risers constitutes a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America, as it considers what went wrong in the effort to provide affordable housing to the poor—and what can be learned from those mistakes.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of High Risers will be available for sale at the event.

A reception catered by Whole Foods Market kicks off each event at 6:30 p.m.

“Redlined:”
A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community on 1960s Chicago. Linda Gartz

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. (reception starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Click Here to Make a Reservation

Join us for a presentation by Linda Gartz as she discusses her memoir, Redlined. Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, the book tells the story of one white family on Chicago’s West Side, navigating the uncharted shoals of their neighborhood’s racial change. Based on long-hidden letters and diaries, Gartz’s vivid memoir explores complicated truths of marriage, sexual freedom, and race relations in a devastated landscape, ravaged by racist mortgage laws and shifting amidst a nation undergoing a revolutionary change.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of Redlined will be available for sale at the event.

A reception catered by Whole Foods Market kicks off each event at 6:30 p.m.

Film Screenings

Medium Cool (1969)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 3 p.m. (running time 2 hr, 24 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Haskell Wexler’s critically acclaimed film offers a brilliant look at the United States amidst the chaos of 1968. Filmed partly in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention and the violence on the streets, the film provides a glimpse of the energy, confusion, and shifting social mores that characterized America in a revolutionary time.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. (running time 1 hr, 48 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Stanley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner features Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, and Spencer Tracy in a film hailed by critics for its positive portrayal of the issue of interracial marriage. Just months before the film was released, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country, laws that made interracial marriage illegal in 17 states. In 1968, Evanston’s city council proclaimed the film of interest to all in Evanston and urged residents to see it during its run at the Varsity Theater.

Freedom Riders (2010)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3 p.m. (running time 1 hr, 57 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Based in part on Raymond Arsenault’s book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, the documentary Freedom Riders tells the story behind the women and men who risked their lives to challenge racial segregation in America’s transportation systems. Hundreds of “freedom riders” rode on buses and trains, defying the laws that segregated facilities along routes throughout the country. Their courageous nonviolent activism drew the world’s attention, challenged the country’s racist laws and attitudes, and inspired thousands of Americans to take part in the civil rights movement.

The Swimmer (1968)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m. (running time 1 hr, 35 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Based on John Cheever’s 1964 short story, the film “The Swimmer” offers a chilling view of middle-class America in the 1960s, trapped in a suburban “dream.” Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a man who sets out on a kind of hero’s journey, swimming through his neighborhood by dipping in swimming pools that dot the idyllic landscape. Along the way, he encounters various characters, each revealing some component of his life and his own dark state. The film soon reveals its allegorical nature, as one man struggles to find his way home, encountering hidden truths about the stark reality of his own life.


“Evanston Rides the Rails”

Join us for a fully-narrated tour of the CTA’s Pink and Brown Lines on a chartered, vintage CTA train

Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tour begins and ends at the Linden Avenue El station in Wilmette
Admission: $75 member, $85 non-member

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Join us for a fully-narrated tour of the CTA’s Pink and Brown lines on a chartered, vintage CTA train. Guests will travel along the Purple, Red, Pink, and Brown lines along with CTA historians who will share information on historic neighborhoods and sites, including the United Center, Medical District, Pilsen, Ravenswood, and Lincoln Square.