Location: Frances Willard House Museum, 1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL
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
June 2 & 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.
Burnham in Evanston
June 16 & August 18, 2018
Stroll through 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.”
July 7 & September 1, 2018
Uncover 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 – this tour begins at Frances Willard House
July 21, 2018
Explore 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, 1730 CHICAGO AVENUE.
Downtown Evanston – this tour begins at Fountain Square
August 4 & 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.
Location: Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
See you on July 28 for our 2018 Ice Cream Social!
2018 Ice Cream Social
Saturday, July 28
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of summer fun! Come listen to music on the grounds of the Dawes House (225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL). Watch Kevin Kelly’s hilarious and entertaining magic show and enjoy free admission to the Dawes House! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and it is entirely free!
The Ridgeville Band, 1-2 pm
Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, 2-3 pm
Dawes House Open for self-guided tours of house and viewing of exhibits, 1-4 pm
Plus: Kids’ Games, Popcorn, and Lemonade.
This event is free and open to the public!
Thank you to our sponsor: Yo Fresh Yogurt Cafe
If you have any questions about our Ice Cream Social you can contact us by email, by clicking here.