Rotating Exhibits:

Suits Me: An Exploration of Uniformity and Self-Expression in Public Attire

Admission to the exhibit is included with tour admission. Tour days are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, beginning on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. The house closes at 4:00 pm.
Groups of more than five people require an advance reservation.
Masks are required
Admission is $10 per person, payable by credit card (VISA and MasterCard only), check (payable to Evanston History Center), or cash (exact change). Members are always free!

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Suit noun/’süt
Definition of suit
1: a set of garments: such as
a) an ensemble of two or more usually matching outer garments (such as trousers) businessmen wearing three-piece suits
b) a costume to be worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions, gym suits

What comes to mind when the word “suit” is mentioned with reference to clothing? A “power” suit? What about a playsuit? A union suit? A bathing suit? A leisure suit? A space suit? What about any other suit of clothing signifying a profession or job? A fireman’s suit? A maid’s uniform? A military uniform? A chauffer’s uniform?

All fall under the rubric of suit. All of them share the attribute of signifying status, real or imagined. And all of them are part of our daily lives, whether we think about them or not. Even in this (not quite) post-pandemic age when remote work has freed certain types of workers from complying with express or implied dress codes, the idea of a “suit” is still relevant. Whether the focus is on ebbing and flowing trends in fashion celebrating an idea of formality after enforced isolation, or on the idea of what new “suits” have become the norm.

This exhibition is an exploration of what the word “suit” can mean as seen through Evanstonians’ wardrobes of the past 100 years.

Permanent Exhibits:

Milestones and Memories

Fountain Square, 1932

EHCs permanent exhibit of Evanston history features an overview of the community’s history from its beginnings to today. This wonderful interactive exhibit uses artifacts and archival materials from EHCs collection to tell the story of the community and some of the amazing people who called Evanston home.

Visit the second floor of the Dawes House to see this exhibit during our open hours, Thursday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m.