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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 arriving citizens aimed to transform a frontier town into a metropolis, and among them were thousands 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 building, and tour the exhibits. Kids can get “locked up” in the building’s original jail cell, as well […]

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 gardens that are sure to fascinate and inspire people of all ages.

Join us in exploring four Wilmette gardens […]