New Exhibit!  

Nationally Touring Exhibition, Spirited: Prohibition in America Now Open!

During the era of Prohibition, Americans no longer could manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. Spirited: Prohibition in America, a new exhibition opening September 1st at the Evanston History Center (EHC), explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists took sides in the battle against the bottle. Evanston was an epicenter for alcohol reform, and visitors to Spirited can also experience the local story in Dry Evanston: The Untold Story, an exhibit at EHC that runs simultaneously. An opening reception featuring the Chris Mahieu Trio will be held on September 19th from 6:30-8 pm. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. 

Organized by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO, Spirited: Prohibition in America explores the era of Prohibition, when America went “dry.” Visitors will learn about the complex issues that led America to adopt Prohibition through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919. Visitors will also learn about the amendment process, the changing role of alcohol in American culture, Prohibition’s impact on the roaring ‘20s and the role of women, and how current liquor laws vary from state to state.

The Evanston History Center is proud to present this national exhibit in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 18th Amendment and Evanston’s own historic role in the story. Spirited opens on September 1, 2019, and runs through October 20, 2019, and is available for viewing Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00. Admission is $10. Spirited: Prohibition in America is based on the exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, in collaboration with Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Spirited has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Founded in 1972, Mid-America Arts Alliance is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the United States. For more information, visit or

Events Around the Exhibit:

Spirited Exhibit Party
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: Free

Join us to celebrate the exhibit, “Spirited.” This free event features live music by the Chris Mahieu Trio. Guests will enjoy a light reception of appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, tour the exhibit “Spirited,” and also view “Dry Evanston: The Untold Story,” the companion exhibit that tells the local story of prohibition.

“Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out”
A Presentation by Josh Noel
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: $10. (Payable at the door.) EHC Members Free.

Join us for a talk by Josh Noel, author of Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out: Goose Island, Anheuser Bush, and How Craft Beer Became Big Business.

From the 1988 founding of Goose Island, a family-owned Chicago brewpub, to Anheuser- Busch’s purchase of the brewery in 2011, Noel documents the story of craft beer’s ascendency and its subsequent introduction into the mainstream market. Noel explores the craft beer “war” and the questions it raises for consumers,

beer fanatics, small breweries, and the large-scale commercial beer industry. A reception kicks off the event at 6:30 pm. Light appetizers, wine, and beer, courtesy of Evanston’s Sketchbook Brewing Co., will be served.

A book signing follows the presentation. Copies of Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out will be on sale at the event.

Evanston on the Go
Indiana Dunes Century of Progress Homes

House of Tomorrow at the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago
House of Tomorrow at the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Bus departs at 12:30 pm, returns 6:30 pm
Bus departs & returns from the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: $125, space is limited. Only open to EHC members.

Click here to purchase your tickets online today

Click here to become a member!

Once a year the five Century of Progress landmark homes are open for tours. The date for 2019 is Saturday, September 28; this one day is the only date this year that these private homes are open to the public, therefore tickets sell out almost immediately after the offer goes live. We have partnered with Design Evanston in a rare opportunity to reserve in advance a block of tickets for our members.

EHC will provide chartered bus transportation to and from the Indiana Dunes National Park. The bus will depart at 12:30 pm from the Dawes House and return to Evanston about 6:30 pm.  The cost of the travel tour package is $125, which includes bus travel, tour ticket, and a box lunch. A presentation on the history of the Dunes, the Century of Progress, and the houses are also included.

*Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible: it involves stairs and extended walking and standing.

For more information about these amazing concept houses, click here.

Special Offer on Tickets to Oslo

Chicago’s award-winning TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of the 2017 Tony Award® winner for Best Play, OSLO. EHC is partnering with Broadway in Chicago to offer $20 OFF A PAIR OF TICKETS to see OSLO! *

The play runs Sept. 10-Oct. 20.

When the Israeli prime minister and the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization shook hands on the White House lawn in 1993, the world had no idea what it took to orchestrate that momentous occasion. Behind the scenes, a Norwegian diplomat and her social scientist husband hatched an intricate, top-secret, and sometimes comical scheme to gather an unexpected assortment of players at an idyllic estate just outside Oslo. Far from any international glare, mortal enemies were able to face each other not as adversaries, but as fellow human beings. Don’t miss this remarkable story about the unlikely friendships, quiet heroics, and sheer determination that pushed two foes to reach something neither thought truly possible—peace.

Tickets: Use offer code BWAYINCHI when ordering.

*Offer valid on Tuesday, Wednesday (mat/eve), Thursday, and Sunday evening performances only. Offer ends Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 PM. Valid on select seating locations only. Subject to availability. Not valid with any other offers or previously purchased tickets. No exchanges or refunds. Normal ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.