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 and are occasionally repeated.

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.

We do reserve the right to cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

2019 Walking Tour lineup:

Apartment Architecture
NEW TOUR MEETS at HINMAN & MAIN Brothers K
October 19, 2019

This tour through southeast Evanston will explore how different architectural styles popular for Evanston’s houses were also applied to its apartment buildings, from Gothic Revival to Arts and Crafts.

Architectural Evanston
August 17, 2019

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
August 3, 2019

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.”

Downtown Evanston
This tour begins at Fountain Square
October 5, 2019

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.

Evanston’s Lakefront
July 20, 2019

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, 1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
September 21, 2019

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.