Successful Matching Gift Campaign

The Waukegan Historical Society is excited to announce a successful matching gift campaign. Two gracious donors originally offered $10,000.00 for a matching gift for the ongoing fundraising efforts to expand the Waukegan History Museum and Research Library. Due to an overwhelming response, the donors agreed to pay an additional $2,000.00 and the total raised during the campaign was $27,177.00.

To date, the Waukegan Historical Society has raised over $150,000.00 for the expansion project. 

 Read more about the addition or donate online.

Bring a bit of Waukegan history home! 

The Society is offering a select number of images for sale from its print collection; many were first shown in Images of America: Waukegan  and the Society’s book, Waukegan: A History


The images are now available for purchase from the Society as unframed or framed prints (11-in. x 14-in. with a black border) that are ready to hang in your home, office or business.

Order one today!


The Waukegan Historical Society, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was formed in 1968 by a group of residents to preserve and promote the long and varied history of Waukegan. If you have an interest in local history or that of your family, consider becoming a member. We would welcome your participation with us.

The Society and the Waukegan Park District jointly operate the Waukegan History Museum located amidst the gently rolling landscape of Bowen Park in northeastern Waukegan. The Museum resides in two historic structures on Bowen Heritage Circle, the Haines House (home of the Waukegan History Museum) and Lilac Cottage (home of the Raymond Library).

One of the earliest surviving structures in Lake County, the Haines House has been restored to reflect the décor of the late 1800’s when it was the home of John C. Haines, an early mayor of Chicago. It also houses important Waukegan artifacts, and both permanent and short term exhibits. 

The Waukegan History Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Group tours may be scheduled by appointment.

Except as noted above, the Raymond Library houses the Society’s extensive research collection of photos and documents on all aspects of Waukegan’s history. It is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.




Current Exhibits