Tours

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The EHC will be temporary closed for tours starting 11/20/2020

The Evanston History Center will be closed for tours until further notice starting 11/20/2020 in accordance with the Illinois Tier 3 Mitigation Requirements to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please stay tuned for virtual holiday tours. If you have any questions please contact Kris Hartzel at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

Click below to learn more about our different tour options!

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Public Guided Tours

The Evanston History Center will be closed four tours until further notice starting 11/20/2020 in accordance with the Illinois Tier 3 Mitigation Requirements to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please stay tuned for virtual holiday tours. If you have any questions please contact Kris Hartzel at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

Admission

Admission to the Dawes House includes a self-guided tour of the historic home of former Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, entrance to the permanent exhibit on Evanston history, Milestones & Memories, entrance to the temporary exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote, the Votes for Women Historic Trail Marker for Catharine Waugh McCulloch, and Rightfully Hers, the pop-up exhibit from the National Archives.

Parking

Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Accessibility

The Evanston History Center is wheelchair accessible on the first floor only. There is a wheelchair lift on the driveway and a ramp into the house. The lift must be operated by a staff person, please notify the front desk when upon arrival. The second floor has limited accessibility. An elevator goes to the second floor and basement, it does not accommodate modern wheelchairs and must be operated by a staff person..

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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Private Guided 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

Thank you for supporting our 2020 season! We will see you in Spring 2021.

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

Most 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. Contactless payment is required when registering for a tour.

Registration is REQUIRED! RSVP to Kris Hartzell, or 847-475-3410.

All guests must wear masks and practice safe social distancing. We do reserve the right to cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Parking

Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

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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