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.


Most tours, unless otherwise stated, meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston. The house will not be open and no restroom available. Please be sure to confirm the location of the start of the tour.


Tours vary and are occasionally repeated.

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


The cost is $20 per person/$15 for members unless otherwise stated. Contactless payment is required when registering for a tour.

Reservations and payment must be made in advance. RSVP to Kris Hartzell, or 847-475-3410.

All guests are required to wear masks and practice safe social distancing. There is a limit of 20 guests per tour. We do reserve the right to cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.


Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Types of Tours and tour dates

Historic Apartment Buildings – October 2, 2021
This tour meets on the northwest corner of Hinman Avenue and Main Street

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 – August 7, 2021

Explore the Lakeshore Historic District and trace the growth of Evanston through its historic architecture, from Greek Revival to the Prairie School, through to contemporary styles.

Burnham in Evanston – June 5 and September 18, 2021

Daniel Burnham, Chicago’s most well-known architect, chose to live in what he called “bucolic Evanston.” Discover his neighborhood and view the work he did in his hometown.

Downtown Evanston – October 16, 2021
This tour begins at Fountain Square

Evanston’s Fountain Square was intentionally platted as the epicenter of the commercial district. Discover the many varied stories, including Evanston’s rich African-American heritage, represented in downtown Evanston.

Evanston’s Lakefront – June 19 and September 4, 2021

Stroll along Evanston’s lakefront with its public parks and discover how it has evolved and played a role in the development of the city.

Evanston Women’s History – August 21, 2021
This tour meets at Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Discover how many Evanston women effected change and played diverse and prominent roles in fighting for women’s rights.

Forest Foray – July 17, 2021

Explore one of Evanston’s most iconic streets and learn the stories behind the stately homes of Forest Avenue, from Greenwood Street to Lee Street.

Michigan Meanderings – July 10, 2021
This tour will meet on the parkway at Michigan Avenue and Burnham Place.

Michigan Avenue is a beautiful street that holds a remarkable collection of houses by Chicago’s most distinguished architects, all within just a few blocks.

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.