Historic Places

July 19, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: July 21 – 23

In my opinion, one can never have too many tacos or too much ice cream. If you feel the same way, then this weekend has got your name written all over it! Indulge yourself at Highwood North Shore Taco Fest/Highwood Days, or enjoy a few scoops at two area ...

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June 29, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: June 30 – July 2

While you might be gearing up for some big July 4th celebrations on the 3rd & 4th (separate blog on that to come), there are still plenty of fun ways to kick off the holiday fun a few days early, including two family 5Ks to help you burn off some ...

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June 21, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: June 23 – 25

I know you are not supposed to leave Chicago in the summer - one must take advantage of the good weather while you can. Unfortunately, work/family duties call so I must leave for a few days. But for those sticking by the golden rule, you will truly be rewarded. This ...

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Sept. 14, 2016

Fun Things To Do this Weekend on the North Shore: Sept. 16 – 18

While I brace myself for my son’s first homecoming dance, the rest of you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend that will certainly ring in the spirit of the Fall season. Highlights include a harvest bonfire, Winnetka Fall Fest (and various coinciding events), Shermerfest, Fallapalooza and the North Shore triathlon, plus ...

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Oct. 6, 2015

North Shore Haunts: The Schweppe Mansion

Schweppe Mansion

Not long ago I included the Schweppe Mansion in my post about the top ten priciest properties for sale on the North Shore.

What I didn't mention is that the Lake Forest home was, at one time, reputed to be haunted. With Halloween right around the corner, it seemed ...

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Oct. 5, 2015

North Shore Haunts: Calvary Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery gates

On the southernmost edge of Evanston lies Calvary Cemetery, a large Catholic cemetery first established in 1859. The main entrance to the cemetery is a pair of massive limestone gates designed by architect James Egan. There are some well-known locals buried here, including Charles Comisky (founder of the White Sox ...

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July 20, 2015

The 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Speech on Winnetka's Village Green

Not many people know that Winnetka was the site of the first-ever civil rights rally in an all-white suburb and that Martin Luther King spoke here before a crowd of more than 8000 supporters on the Village Green exactly 50 years ago today.


It might surprise you that King ...

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July 6, 2015

A Winnetka Home That Blends Historic Character With Modern Livability

1035 Dinsmore Rd., Winnetka IL 60093

1035 Dinsmore Road - Winnetka

If you crave the character of an older home combined with the amenities of a newer home, you'll find that the house at 1035 Dinsmore Road in Winnetka more than fills the bill.

Originally designed in 1924 by noted architect S.S. Beman, and expanded ...

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July 26, 2014

Asahel Gage House in Wilmette

asahel gage house wilmette il

I love the way this wonderful old house looks against the blue sky (something we haven't seen much around here for awhile). If you don't recognize it, it's on Elmwood Avenue in the Cage. I drive by it often and finally stopped to take a picture today ...

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March 27, 2014

Wilmette's Brick Streets

 Brick street Wilmette IL

There are a few towns in the Chicago area with brick streets. Downers Grove has some. Forest Park has about a dozen. Oak Park has one or two. But as far as I know, no town has as extensive a network of brick streets as Wilmette. Wilmette has thirteen ...

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