Chicago, that toddling - and tippling - town.  This world-class metropolis has been a malt-loving mecca since its beginnings and much of Chicago’s history is rooted in the story of beer and the immigrant communities who built it. The steady stream of [...]

The Wilmette Historical Museum and the Wilmette Police Department will be hosting joint open houses at their respective locations on Ridge Road. Come enjoy a performance from the Wilmette Community Band on the museum’s front lawn at noon, explore the Museum’s historic [...]

Historic Garden Walk

June 30 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On Sunday, June 30th, the Wilmette Historical Society will host its 2024 Historic Garden Walk! The Society’s first Garden Walk was held during the summer of 2021, and the event’s popularity since then has led to its return this year with new [...]


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Wilmette Local Legends Audio Tour

This two-part, self-guided audio tour will bring you outside the homes of some of Wilmette’s notables starting with film star Ann-Margret and ending with professional makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown. At each stop, you will learn a bit about a local celebrity’s life in Wilmette. Enjoy the tour by car or bicycle or, if you are ambitious, on foot. To begin the tour, follow the link below to the event page for more details or scan the QR code from the maps available at the museum’s front counter.

Visit the Museum!

Come see our newest exhibits, Lost Wilmette (first floor) and Ritual and Regalia (lower level).

We are currently open Sunday through Thursday from 1:00 – 4:30 P.M. We hope you will come by and visit!

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Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 853-7666

Museum Hours

Monday         1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday         1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday   1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Thursday       1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday            Closed

Saturday       Closed

Sunday          1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

2024 Historic Garden Walk Sponsors

Bartlett Tree Experts

de Giulio Kitchen Design

Morgante Wilson Architects

Nature’s Perspective Landscaping

Scott Simpson Design + Build