2019 Waukegan Tour of Homes
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

2019 Waukegan Tour of Homes

2019 Waukegan Tour of Homes

The Waukegan Historical Society will host its annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1:00pm-5:00pm.  The tour will feature four private residences: 1031 N. Sheridan Road, 412 Greenwood Avenue, 2223 Corona Road, and 452 Glendenning Place as well as the Waukegan History Museum and Lilac Cottage (both in Bowen Park-1917 N. Sheridan Road). 

Cost of the tour is $20.00 in advance and $25.00 day of the tour, at the door.  Advance tickets are for sale at the Waukegan History Museum (1917 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park), the Waukegan Historical Society’s Raymond Research Library in Lilac Cottage (1911 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park), the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park), and the downtown Waukegan ACE Hardware (239 N. Genesee Street).

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 of the Waukegan Historical Society that helps to support the Waukegan History Museum and Research Library as well as community outreach, collection preservation, and programs.

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

 

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

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2019 Oakwood Cemetery Walk-Greatest Hits of the Past 25 Years
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

2019 Oakwood Cemetery Walk-Greatest Hits of the Past 25 Years

The 25th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 14, 2019 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 “Greatest Hits of the Past 25 Years.”   Some of the favorite people and stories that have been presented in the past 25 years have been selected to showcase again this year and they include:

George W. Bell (portrayed by Joe Russell III) , born into slavery in Tennessee, captured by the Union Army, served in the Civil War, and moved to Waukegan in the 1880s, being among the first permanent African American families;

Marie Wurster (portrayed by Diane Veratti), born in Germany, and became a prolific actress and singer in German theater productions. Married  to Alexander Wurster, also an actor who later became the director/manager of German theaters in Chicago, Philadelphia, and St. Louis;

James W. Woodman (portrayed by Rich Ribando), was a newspaper owner, publisher, and author. He purchased the Libertyville Independent and later the Waukegan Gazette which became the Waukegan Daily Sun until 1919. Upon his retirement he joined the News-Sun as a columnist and wrote three popular articles, “Little Bit O’Verse”, “Historical Sketches”, and “Folks I Have Known”, working until his death;

Henry C. Hutchinson (portrayed by Josh Bill) refused to run for Mayor of Waukegan, however, while out of town, he was elected without his consent. Upon his return he was persuaded to serve. He served as Mayor for three one-year terms. During his term he attracted many companies to come to Waukegan including the US Sugar Refinery, Washburn Moen and others;

Hobart Yard (portrayed by Michael May) and his two wives, Lucy Norton Yard (portrayed by Caroline Beadle) and Bessie Bublitz Yard (portrayed by Jenny Fugelseth). Hobart Yard was born in Waukegan and educated in its schools. He was interested in newspapers at a young age and became a general correspondent for many newspapers, both local and regional. He kept a journal/diary for almost 70 years, which are now located at the Waukegan Historical Society Research Library.

 Participants will also hear other unique “Greatest Hits of the Past 25 Years” stories from storyteller Dan Drury, as well as the history of the City of Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery from docents leading the walk through the 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 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm. 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, and 3:30pm. Ticket prices are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the event.  Advance tickets can be purchased in person at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park and at the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue. Tickets can be purchased 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 4:00pm.  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-Manager of Cultural Arts at 847-360-4744 or the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit www.waukeganparks.org

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Walking Tour - Historic Homes of Sheridan Road
Aug
24
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. Tour led by Bryan Escobar.

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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Walking Tour - Ray Bradbury's Green Town
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Walking Tour - Ray Bradbury's Green Town

Come celebrate Ray’s 99th Birthday on this 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 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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History Walking Tour - Parking Lot Tour
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

History Walking Tour - Parking Lot Tour

After this history guided walking tour, you will never look at the parking lots in downtown Waukegan the same ever again. Learn the history that happened at these sites on this guided tour. Let by Ty Rohrer.

Tour starts at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the corner of Washington and West Streets.

Free and for the family.

Pre-registration encouraged at www.waukeganparks.org or at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park-39 Jack Benny Drive; Belvidere Rec Center in Rose Park-412 S. Lewis Ave; and the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center in Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Ave.

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The Legacy of the Six Simpson Brothers
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

The Legacy of the Six Simpson Brothers

Join us on Sunday May 19th at 2:00pm for the Waukegan Historical Society’s Spring Program, “The Legacy of the Six Simpson Brothers.” This event is FREE.

The Program will be presented by Chandra Sefton at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts (39 Jack Benny Drive) in Bowen Park.

Chandra will be displaying photographs, letters, documents, and items from her family’s collection. Included are diaries from David Simpson, her great grandfather, who helped build many Victorian era homes in Waukegan, including a portion of the Waukegan History Museum.

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Closing Reception for Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Closing Reception for Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit

Join us for the closing reception of the Waukegan Historical Society’s pop-up exhibit “Abraham Lincoln: A Man Of His Time, A Man For All Times.” The program “Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan” will be presented during the event.

Event and exhibit is in the theatre at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park-39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, IL, 60087.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Lincoln's Birthday Bash & Trivia Night
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Lincoln's Birthday Bash & Trivia Night

Join us as we celebrate Lincoln’s birthday as part of our pop-up exhibit programming for “Abraham Lincoln: A Man Of His Time, A Man For All Time.” Bring your friends to partner up or go it alone to test your Lincoln knowledge for the trivia portion of the event. Special Lincoln memorabilia will also be on display from private collectors throughout the event.

The event will be at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park-39 Jack Benny Drive. It is Free and open to the public.

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Lincoln's Watch Program
Jan
6
4:00 PM16:00

Lincoln's Watch Program

  • Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

4:00pm Presentation

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln brought his watch to a Washington D.C. jeweler to be repaired.  Did the jeweler, Jonathan Dillon, add an inscription inside the watch?  Hear the fascinating story of how this question was answered as told by Waukegan attorney, Doug Stiles, a descendent of Dillon’s.  This unique story made worldwide news coverage.  Come hear the first-hand account of how everything transpired with this unique Lincoln artifact that is today part of the Smithsonian Museum’s collections.

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Lincoln's Watch Program
Jan
6
1:00 PM13:00

Lincoln's Watch Program

  • Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

1:00pm Presentation

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln brought his watch to a Washington D.C. jeweler to be repaired.  Did the jeweler, Jonathan Dillon, add an inscription inside the watch?  Hear the fascinating story of how this question was answered as told by Waukegan attorney, Doug Stiles, a descendent of Dillon’s.  This unique story made worldwide news coverage.  Come hear the first-hand account of how everything transpired with this unique Lincoln artifact that is today part of the Smithsonian Museum’s collections.

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Remembering Our Veterans Guided Walking Tour
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering Our Veterans Guided Walking Tour

The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society will give the free guided walking tour Remembering Our Veterans on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00am.  This free guided walking tour is appropriate for families and children and starts at the City of Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery, located on S. Genesee Street and 9th Street.

Veterans dating back to 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.

Pre-registration is required for the walking tour.  Registration is available online at www.waukeganparks.org, or in person 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, and the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue.

The tour will take place on uneven ground.  Tour may be cancelled if there is rain or other inclement weather.

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Waukegan's Famous Veterans-History Lunch and Learn
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Waukegan's Famous Veterans-History Lunch and Learn

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

Free and for the family.

At the Theatre in the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park.

Bring your own lunch.

During this History Lunch & Learn, you will hear stories about some of the famous Veterans from Waukegan. Perfect program to get you ready to commemorate Veterans Day.

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Sunset Cemetery Tour
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset Cemetery Tour

The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society will give the free guided walking tour Sunset Cemetery Tour on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:00pm.  This free guided walking tour is appropriate for families and children and starts at the City of Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery, located on S. Genesee Street and 9th Street.

We conlude celebrating the Day of the Dead with a sunset tour of Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery. Gravesites chosen for the tour will tell the story of Waukegan’s diverse population and rich history.

Pre-registration is required for the walking tour.  Registration is available online at www.waukeganparks.org, or in person 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, and the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue.

The tour will take place on uneven ground.  Tour may be cancelled if there is rain or other inclement weather.

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Haunted Waukegan Guided Walking Tour
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Haunted Waukegan Guided Walking Tour

The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society will give the free guided walking tour Haunted Waukegan on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 6:00pm.  This free guided walking tour is appropriate for families and children and starts at the Waukegan Park District’s Douglas House in Upton Park at 732 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.  On-street parking is available on Genesee Street, Sheridan Road, and County Street.

Pre-registration is required for the walking tour.  Registration is available online at www.waukeganparks.org, or in person 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, and the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue.

On the walking tour, led by Museum Supervisor Ty Rohrer, participants will learn haunted and strange stories of Waukegan’s past, while walking the streets of the historic district and downtown.

The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.  Tours may be cancelled if there is rain or other inclement weather.

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Haunted Waukegan Walking Tour
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Haunted Waukegan Walking Tour

The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society will give the free guided walking tour Haunted Waukegan on Friday, October 27, 2018 at 6:00pm.  This free guided walking tour is appropriate for families and children and starts at the Waukegan Park District’s Douglas House in Upton Park at 732 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.  On-street parking is available on Genesee Street, Sheridan Road, and County Street.

Pre-registration is required for the walking tour.  Registration is available online at www.waukeganparks.org, or in person 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, and the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park-800 Baldwin Avenue.

On the walking tour, led by Museum Supervisor Ty Rohrer, participants will learn haunted and strange stories of Waukegan’s past, while walking the streets of the historic district and downtown.

The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.  Tours may be cancelled if there is rain or other inclement weather.

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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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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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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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