Walking Tours

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Walking Tours through Evanston.

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 AM 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

NEW THIS YEAR: Prairie School Camelot Bus Tour
1:00 pm on September 16, 2017
Admission: $30/person/$25 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.