Evanston Stormwater Management 101

Join us on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm for a virtual presentation by Richard Lanyon, former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and author of several books documenting the engineered drainage system in metropolitan Chicago and history of the engineered MWRD infrastructure.

Holiday Lights and Architecture Walking Tours

Celebrate the season with Evanston History Center’s Holiday Lights and Architecture Walking Tours! The tours will feature holiday lights, decorations, and architectural highlights of the Dawes House neighborhood. Kris Hartzell and Eden Juron Pearlman will lead the tours. Get your tickets today, tours are selling out!

A Shifting Shoreline: A Look at Evanston’s Beaches

Beaches today are widely viewed as sites of recreation, relaxing places where land meets sea. But the history of these sites is nothing if not natural. Evanston’s lakefront has undergone both physical and symbolic changes over the years, from being viewed as fraught with peril for ships and bathers alike to being seen as communal recreation areas for beach goers looking for some fun in the sun.

Click to read more about Evanston’s shoreline!


Opening July 10, 2021 – Diorama-Rama!

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the diorama, the Evanston History Center will showcase the historic dioramas in our collection.

The exhibit combines dioramas with related media such as building models and art, including a beautifully woven tapestry panorama of Evanston.

Walking Tours

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.