Waukegan Tour of Homes
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Waukegan Tour of Homes

Celebrating 50 Years of the Waukegan Historical Society!

The Grand Victorians of Waukegan Featuring the Former Residences of 

  • Harriet Biddlecom - 614 N. Genesee Street

  • Judge Francis E. Clarke - 408 N. Sheridan Road

  • Isaac R. Lyon - 946 N. Sheridan Road

  • Warren Ellis/ Fred Buck - 710 N. Sheridan Road

  • John C. Haines (Waukegan History Museum) - 1917 N. Sheridan Road

    as well as Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park - 1911 N. Sheridan Road


TICKET PRICES

$15 in Advance for Historical Society Members

$20 in Advance for General Public

$25 Day of the Tour (at any Tour site)

 

ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASING LOCATIONS

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ONLY

*Jack Benny Center, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, IL (847) 360-4740

Downtown ACE Hardware, 239 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL (847) 244-3000

Online Tickets sold at https://2018waukegantourofhomes.eventbrite.com

GENERAL & SOCIETY MEMBER TICKETS

*Waukegan History Museum in Bowen Park,

1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL (847) 336-1859

*Cash or Check Only

 

The Tour of Homes is a self-guided tour that allows participants to go through carefully chosen homes at their own pace.  The Tour of Homes is an annual event that started in 1969, and it is the main fundraiser for the Waukegan Historical Society.

For more information call 847-336-1859 or email museum@waukeganhistorical.org

 

 

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Oakwood Cemetery Walk
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Oakwood Cemetery Walk

Save the Date for the Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk. Theme this year is "Typical Illinois" to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial.

The 24th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 12:00-5:00 pm.  The Cemetery Walk is sponsored by the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan Historical Society and the City of Waukegan.  The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Waukegan through costumed actors portraying local historical figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan, Illinois. 

Featured stories this year include:

*A Chicago Gangster in Town   *An Illinois Governor on Trial   *The End of the North Shore Line   *A Write of the Illinois Constitution   *A Flip-Flopping Politician   *Abraham Lincoln's Visit   *A Voting Issue   *Waukegan vs. Cubs & White Sox   *And More!*

The Cemetery Walk starts at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park-1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL, 60087.  Buses will depart from Lilac Cottage to Oakwood Cemetery at 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:15pm.  Ticket prices are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the event.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park, the Belvidere Recreation Center-412 S. Lewis Avenue in Belvidere Park, the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue and online at www.waukeganparks.org.  When registering online, go to “Program Registration” and search for “Tickets.”  Day of tickets can be purchase by cash or check at Lilac Cottage starting at 11:00am.  Limited tickets are available.

There is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery.  Each tour is expected to run approximately 1.5 hours and will include walking on uneven ground.  The last tour will start at 3:30pm.  The Cemetery Walk will proceed during inclement weather.  The Waukegan History Museum will be open from 11:00am-4:00pm during the event. 

For more information please contact Ty Rohrer-Museum Supervisor at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit www.waukeganparks.org

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Walking Tour - Historic Homes of Sheridan Road

Discover the history of some of the homes located up and down Waukegan's beautiful Sheridan Road. This tour does not include interior tours. Tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park - 732 N. Genesee Street. 

FREE TOUR BUT PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Register online at www.waukeganparks.org or visit:

Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park - 39 Jack Benny Drive

Belvidere Recreation Center in Corrine J. Rose Park - 412 S. Lewis Avenue

Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center in Hinkston Park - 800 Baldwin Avenue

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Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Walking Tour - Ray Bradbury's Green Town

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury's "Green Town" on this guided tour of downtown Waukegan. The places, people, and events of Bradbury's fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted. We visit the places that influenced Bradbury to become a writer. Tour starts at Ray Bradbury Park at 41 N. Park Avenue. Limited parking is available on Park Avenue and with more on Washington Street.

FREE TOUR BUT PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Register online at www.waukeganparks.org or visit:

Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park - 39 Jack Benny Drive

Belvidere Recreation Center in Corrine J. Rose Park - 412 S. Lewis Avenue

Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center in Hinkston Park - 800 Baldwin Avenue

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Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

History Lunch & Learns - Ray Bradbury's Green Town

Join us for something different on your lunch break as we share some local history and stories. 

Ty Rohrer will present "Ray Bradbury's Green Town." Learn the story of the many things that influenced a young Ray Bradbury while growing up in Waukegan that inspired him to become a writer. The program will also feature a few Bradbury stories.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

At the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park -39 Jack Benny Drive

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Walking Tour - Waukegan's Top 50 History Events

Join us on this free guided walking tour as we tell stories of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events. Tour starts and ends at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the corner of Washington and West Streets.

FREE TOUR BUT PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Register online at www.waukeganparks.org or visit:

Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park - 39 Jack Benny Drive

Belvidere Recreation Center in Corrine J. Rose Park - 412 S. Lewis Avenue

Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center in Hinkston Park - 800 Baldwin Avenue

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Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

History Lunch & Learn -Abraham Lincoln Visits Waukegan

Join us for something different on your lunch break as we share some local history and stories. 

Ty Rohrer will present "Abraham Lincoln's Visit to Waukegan." Learn the story about Lincoln's brief, yet eventful, visit to Waukegan on April 2, 1860.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

At the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park -39 Jack Benny Drive

 

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Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering Our Veterans - Guided Walking Tour

Veterans dating back from the War of 1812 are laid to rest at Waukegan's Oakwood Cemetery.  On this guided tour, participants will visit the graves of numerous soldiers and hear their heroic stories.  Participants will first gather at Lilac Cottage-1911 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park, at 10am and will take a shuttle bus to Oakwood Cemetery.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

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Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Haunted Waukegan - Guided Walking Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour.  The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park.  The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

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Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Haunted Waukegan - Guided Walking Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour.  The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park.  The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

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Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

Haunted Waukegan Stories & Ice "Scream" Social

The Waukegan Historical Society's Fall program this year is on Sunday, October 15 at 2 PM at the Schornick Theater at the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park. "Haunted Waukegan Stories" is being presented by Ty Rohrer and is followed by an Ice "Scream" social.

This family friendly event is open to the public and is free. 

The raffle for the winners of "Pieces of The Past" will also take place during the fall event.

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Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

2017 Oakwood Cemetery Walk

The 23rd Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 9 2017 from 12-5 pm. The Cemetery Walk is sponsored by the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan Historical Society and the City of Waukegan. The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Waukegan using costumed actors to portray local historical figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan.

The theme of this year’s Oakwood Cemetery Walk is “Celebration of the Waukegan Park District Centennial.” Unique stories have been chosen for this year including:
• The formation of the Waukegan Park District
• The first parks
• 1909 Waukegan Park Day Celebration
• The origins of Bonnie Brook Golf Course
• D...r. Eugene King's influences on Waukegan
• The role of the Waukegan Women's Club in supporting parks
• And Many More!

Participants will also hear more stories as well as the history of the City of Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery.

The Cemetery Walk starts at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park 1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL, 60087. Buses will depart from Lilac Cottage to Oakwood Cemetery at 12pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, and 3:15pm. Ticket prices are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts located at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park, the Belvidere Recreation Center 412 S. Lewis Avenue in Belvidere Park, the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park 800 Baldwin Avenue and online at www.waukeganparks.org. When registering online, go to “Program Registration” and search for “Tickets.” Day of the event tickets can be purchase by cash or check at Lilac Cottage starting at 11am. Limited tickets are available, this event usually sells out.

There is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery. Each tour is expected to run approximately 1.5 hours and will include walking on uneven ground. The last tour will start at 3:30pm. The Cemetery Walk will be held in spite of inclement weather. The Waukegan History Museum will be open from 11am-4pm during the event.

For more information, please contact Ty Rohrer,Museum Supervisor at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit www.waukeganparks.org.

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Homes of Sheridan Road-Guided Tour

Discover the history of some of the homes located up and down Waukegan's beautiful Sheridan Road.  Tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park-732 N. Genesee Street.

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park.

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Ray Bradbury's Green Town-Guided Tour

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury's "Green Town" on this guided tour of downtown.  The places, people, and events from Bradbury's fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted.  The tour starts at Ray Bradbury Park at 41 North Park Avenue.  A shuttle bus will return participants back to Bradbury Park at the conclusion of the tour. 

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park.

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Belvidere Park-Guided Walk

While walking the grounds of Belvidere Park on this guided tour, you will learn the history of the park as well as the changes that have occurred over the years in the surrounding neighborhood.  Tour will start outside of the Belvidere Rec Center.

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park.

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Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Statues, Sculpture & Art-Guided Walk

Learn the history of the various works of art in the downtown area of Waukegan.  Tour starts at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Washington Park at the corner of Washington & West Streets. 

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park.  You can also register on-site.

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Exhibit Opening
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Exhibit Opening

The Waukegan History Museum’s new exhibition “Sweetheart Mine: World War I Love Letters” commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering World War I.
 

Join us for the unveiling of the exhibit at the Waukegan History Museum-1917 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park on Sunday, April 29, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The exhibit unveiling is free to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit tells the story of two couples before, during, and after World War I using personal letters from the archives of the Waukegan Historical Society.  Homer Dahringer and Ruth Besley start their courtship while attending Waukegan High School.  Homer joined the Army flying squadron in World War I.  Elizabeth Tarver, growing up in Waukegan in a prominent African American family, started correspondence with Westley Dyer, who served as a corporal in the Army.

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Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Open House

The Waukegan Historical Society’s Holiday Open House with Victorian era decorations is Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Waukegan History Museum located in Bowen Park-1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL 60087.  Light refreshments will be served.  Not in the holiday spirit?  Stop in to catch the last glimpse of the exhibit Waukegan: Then & Now.  Admission to the Museum is Free.

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Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Haunted Waukegan - Guided Walking Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour.  The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park.  The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

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Oct
16
3:00 PM15:00

Show & Tell Program

At the Jane Addams Center in Bowen Park-95 Jack Benny Drive

Back by popular demand is the Waukegan Historical Society's fall "Show & Tell" program.  Last fall we brought back this program after it had been dormant for over 10 years and it created many memorable memories.

This fun program is dependent on "you" for being successful.  Please bring something special from your own personal collections to show off and talk about.  Items can be Waukegan related or just something that is interesting. 

This free program is open to Waukegan Historical Society members as well as the general public.  We encourage you to invite your friends to come along and enjoy Waukegan's history. 

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Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Ray Bradbury's Green Town - Guided Walking Tour

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury's "Green Town" on this guided tour of downtown Waukegan.  The places, people, and events from Bradbury's fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted.  The tour starts at Ray Bradbury Park-41 N. Park Avenue.  A shuttle bus will return participants back to Bradbury Park at the conclusion of the tour.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather. 

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

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Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

22nd Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk

The 22nd Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00-5:00 pm.  The Cemetery Walk is sponsored by the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan Historical Society and the City of Waukegan.  The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Waukegan through costumed actors portraying local historical figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan, Illinois. 

The theme of this year’s Oakwood Cemetery Walk is "The Voters Choice: Waukegan Votes That Mattered."

The Cemetery Walk starts at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park-1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL, 60087.  Buses will depart from Lilac Cottage to Oakwood Cemetery at 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:15pm.  Ticket prices are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts-39 Jack Benny Drive, the Field House Sports and Fitness Center-800 Baldwin Avenue in Hinkston Park, or at the Belvidere Recreation Center-412 S. Lewis Avenue in Belvidere Park.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.waukeganparks.org.  There is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery.

Each tour is expected to run approximately 1.5 hours and will include walking on uneven ground.  The last tour will start at 3:30pm.  The Cemetery Walk will proceed during inclement weather.  The Waukegan History Museum will be open from 11:00am-4:00pm during the event. 

For more information please contact Ty Rohrer-Museum Supervisor at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit www.waukeganparks.org

 

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Aug
5
5:30 PM17:30

Waukegan and the Movies-Guided Walking Tour

Waukegan has played an important role in the history of the motion picture industry.  Sites related to the making of movies, theaters, and Hollywood star, Jack Benny will be visited.  The tour starts at the Visual Arts Center-533 Grand Avenue in Powell Park. 

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather. 

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

 

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Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Homes of Sheridan Road-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the history of some of the homes located up and down Waukegan's beautiful and historic Sheridan Road.  Tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park-732 N. Genesee Street. 

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather. 

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

 

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May
15
2:00 PM14:00

Antique Appraiser

Mark Moran, very well known appraiser will be presenting a program from 2-5pm at the Schornick Theatre.  Bring in your antique items for a professional appraisal.  The cost is $10.00 per item and you must make an appointment in advance so that the event will go smoothly. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and watch the appraisals and learn something-or bring something and find out if you can retire early!

Also, the annual Waukegan Historical Society History Fair Award will be presented and showcased during the program.  This award goes to the best Waukegan High School project that incorporates Waukegan's history into the National History Day Theme.

Contact us now for an appointment (2-5pm) with Mark Moran.  Email Ty Rohrer (museum@waukeganhistorical.org) or call 847-336-1859.

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Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Walking Tour: Remembering Our Veterans

Veterans dating back from the War of 1812 are laid to rest at Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery. On this guided tour led by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer, participants will visit the graves of numerous soldiers and hear their heroic stories.

Guided walk through Oakwood Cemetery. Shuttle van to cemetery leaves from Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park. Limited parking at Oakwood Cemetery

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

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Oct
31
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Walking Tour: Ray Bradbury's Green Town

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury’s “Green Town” on this guided tour of downtown Waukegan and surrounding area. The places, people, and events from Bradbury’s fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted.

Starts at Ray Bradbury Park (41 North Park Avenue).

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

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