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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.

Earlier Event: May 19
Winnetka Trolley Tours
Later Event: July 4
Fourth of July Parade