Winnetka Historical Society Summer Gala
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Winnetka Historical Society Summer Gala

On June 29th, the Winnetka Historical Society will welcome the village for a celebration in honor of Winnetka's 150th BIRTHDAY at the "Rockin' in the Ravines" Gala.  This year, Bill and Carolyn Glastris have opened their beautiful, historic home and garden for an evening of music, dancing, great food, and friends, with special guest band "The Ravines!" 

Our 2019 Gala home was originally built by John L. Shortall in 1905 on six acres of land along the southern end of the ravines. It was sold to Quaker Oats president and CEO John Stuart and his wife Ellen in 1908. She was a passionate gardener and together they created a true country estate. A walled garden, a fruit garden, a croquet lawn, and a tennis court were all part of their vision. In 1926 Architect Edwin Clark (designer of the Winnetka Village Hall) was hired to upgrade the house and design ancillary buildings. One significant interior upgrade was to outfit the library walls with wood paneling taken from the London residence of the Earl of Warwick. 

Current owners Bill and Carolyn Glastris bought 990 Sheridan 20 years ago. Among their many renovations, they have added a family room pavilion to the north, and a garage with roof deck to the south, both clad in stone to distinguish them from the main house. They put in a swimming pool, and later acquired the lot to the west to expand their garden. We are thrilled to be hosting Winnetka’s 150th Birthday party at this gracious home.

The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction and raffle,  as well as a special Luxury tequila tasting by Compoveda. Summer cocktail attire.

Join us for an unforgettable summer evening celebrating 150 glorious years of Winnetka. Be a part of history and don't miss the fun!

Information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities is available at Winnetka Historical Society.

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Green Bay Trail Day
Aug
3
8:00 AM08:00

Green Bay Trail Day

Join us for a celebration of The Green Bay Trail on August 3 from 8 am to noon for the first annual Green Bay Trail Day, organized by Friends of the Green Bay Trail and sponsored by Charles Schwab.

Activities for children, nature lovers, walkers, bikers and dog lovers will line the Trail from Tower Avenue to Hazel street. Bring the whole family for a morning of outdoor fun, food and music as part of Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Winnetka and Glencoe. Event will be held rain or shine!

The Friends of the Green Bay Trail  are environmental stewards of the Green Bay Trail.  Our mission is to promote a healthy natural corridor for the well-being of individuals and surrounding communities. To learn more, click here!

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Winnetka Trolley Tours
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Winnetka Trolley Tours

Winnetka Trolley Tours are free and offered on the following dates and times listed below (each tour is the same):

  • Saturday, May 18 - 1PM & 3PM

  • Sunday, May 19 - 1PM & 3PM

Click here to register!

Space is limited-registration required.

Tours start in front of Village Hall (510 Green Bay Road) and are approximately 1.5 hours long. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Recommended ages 10+.

This event is in partnership with the Village of Winnetka's Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Winnetka Historical Society

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Chamber Recognition Luncheon
Apr
10
11:00 AM11:00

Chamber Recognition Luncheon

Honor Winnetka’s business community at the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon at the Winnetka Community House. All are invited to attend the annual lunch that recognizes outstanding area residents, community leaders, business members and volunteers.  There will be networking, a fashion show, awards and a silent auction. Click here to register!

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Well-Connected: Winnetka and Chicago Architects
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Well-Connected: Winnetka and Chicago Architects

Did you know that the architect of Winnetka’s Village Hall also designed Plaza del Lago and important buildings at the Lincoln Park Zoo? Or that Eero Saarinen was one of the architects of Crow Island School and designed all its original furniture? Discover connections between buildings in Winnetka and notable architecture in Chicago and around the country. Laurie Petersen, editor of the AIA Guide to Chicago, will give a presentation at the Winnetka Public Library that sheds new light on familiar buildings. Click here to register for the event!

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Watching Winnetka: Small Town Hollywood!
Mar
18
11:30 AM11:30

Watching Winnetka: Small Town Hollywood!

Winnetka Historical Society Annual Luncheon

Celebrate some of Winnetka’s most star-studded moments! Come hear local film historian Jeff Spitz present the history of big screen movies in small town Winnetka. Follow him as he provides a virtual tour of a community in the spotlight, highlighting everything from shooting locations used in prominent Hollywood films and TV shows, to local celebrities who went on to Tinseltown stardom. Clips will be included.

Jeff Spitz is a Chicago-based, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sundance Film Festival honoree, and tenured Professor in the department of Cinema and TV Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

For more information and tickets, go to winnetkahistory.org or call 847-446-0001.

$50 individual tickets/$450 for a table of 10.

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Founder's Day
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Founder's Day

WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer joins us for the Village of Winnetka's historic 150th anniversary kick-off event "Founder’s Day" at the Winnetka Community House! Sunday, March 10 marks the date of Winnetka’s founding in 1869—150 years ago!

Geoffrey Baer will present Winnetka celebrates “150 Years of People, Places & Progress.”

Bring your friends and family to this special event! Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Geoffrey Baer following his presentation. Refreshments will be available with a special community Toast to Winnetka. 

The event is free of charge and is in partnership with the Winnetka Community HouseWinnetka Historical Society, and District 36.

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