Tours

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Tours

Location

The Evanston History Center is located at 225 Greemwood Street, Evanston, IL 60201 (View map)

Hours

Docent led tours take place at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm Thursday through Sunday.

The Dawes House is occasionally closed for tours, check for closures before planning your visit.

No reservations are necessary. Tours run approximately 45 minutes.

Admission

$10 (Children under 10 are free.)
EHC members are free. Click here to become a member.
Every first Thursday of the month is free!

Admission to the Dawes House includes a tour of the historic home of former Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, entrance to the permanent exhibit on Evanston history, Milestones & Memories, and to featured temporary exhibits.

The interior of the house is only viewable by docent-led tour. The tour includes all of the first floor and part of the second floor.

Parking

Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Accessibility

The Evanston History Center is mostly wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair lift on the driveway and a ramp into the house. The second floor has limited accessibility. An elevator goes to the second floor and basement, it does not accommodate modern wheelchairs.

There are 6 stairs up to the front door with railings. For additional information or specific inquires, please call 847-475-3410.

For guests’ comfort, the Center does have climate control throughout the year.

Photography

Photography is allowed at the Evanston History Center, with the following conditions:

  • Photographs are for personal use only and may not be reproduced or sold without the written permission of the Center.
  • Only non-flash photography is permitted.

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Group Tours

The EHC welcomes separate group tours, independent of regular tour hours, for groups of 8 or more. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes, with time at the end for viewing the exhibits.

Themed tours are available, such as servant life (“Front Stairs, Back Stairs”), the arts (“A Collection of Tiffanys”), architecture, technological change, and of course, “A Crowded Life: Charles Dawes”.Group tour fees are $7.50 for Seniors and Children 6-12, $10 for Adults.

To make a group tour reservation, please call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

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School Group Tours

School group tours are available.  The tour includes an interactive exhibit on Evanston history.

Please visit the Education page for a selection of pre-and post-visit activities for the classroom. We can help tailor your school group tour according to a variety of lesson plans.

To get more information on school group tour options, please call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell.

Cost

$5 per person, group leaders are free

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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.

Location

All tours, unless otherwise stated, meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston.

Hours

Tours vary and are occasionally repeated.

Tours begin at 11:00 AM and last for 90 minutes.

Admission

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.

Parking

Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Types of Tours

Apartment Architecture
NEW TOUR MEETS at HINMAN & MAIN Brothers K

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Forest Foray

Stroll down the avenue that Daniel Burnham called “the choicest street” in Evanston. From Greenwood to Lee Street we will pass remarkable houses designed by notable architects for such prominent clients as Charles Ringling and Oscar Mayer.

Group walking tours can be scheduled by appointment. To get more information on group walking tour options, please contact us at (847) 475-3410 or e-mail Kris Hartzell.

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