Thanks for a Great Tour of Homes!

Three houses, one garden, and Karcher Artspace were showcased on this year’s tour and we had approximately 350 visitors!

Special thanks to the tour committee: Gail Dever, Ty, Rohrer,  and Yvonne Sylvester. This committee works for many months to make this annual event possible.

Significant assistance with the Tour was provided by the News Sun, the Waukegan Park District, the generous home owners, and the many volunteers who staffed the tour homes.

Raffle winners were Stephen Dever of Waukegan and R. Janda of Wadsworth.

We hope to see you at next year’s Tour of Homes, and if you would like to have your home considered for the Tour, please contact us.


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.

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.