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A Chicago Helicopter Airways Sikorsky S-58C passing over a mid-20th century Chicago skyline.

Eight Minutes to O’Hare by Air

Gazette Article by Jack Coladarci Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2012 From June, 1958 to October, 1963 Chicago Helicopter Airways put Winnetka on the cutting edge of commuting. Although not quite as advanced as George Jetson’s flying saucers and pneumatic air tubes, this futuristic commuting option made travel to and from Winnetka, O’Hare, Midway, Meigs […]

In Gratitude for the Ultimate Sacrifice

By Helen Weaver When Eagle Scout candidate Brendan Bahan was looking for a service project, he found the answer close to home, at the corner of Church and Green Bay Roads. Although he had passed by this narrow triangular strip of land hundreds of times, he only recently noticed the faded and worn Park District sign […]

Penny Kohlmeyer: In Remembrance

  Penny was an active member of the Woman’s Board of the Winnetka Community House and spent many years as a volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. While Penny enthusiastically participated on the WHS Board as an officer and a committee member, her most lasting contribution was as the founding editor of the Gazette. In […]

2017 Winnetka Preservation Awards

  The Winnetka Landmarks Pres­ervation Commission presented preservation awards to the owners of six private residences at the Vil­lage Council meeting on November 7, 2017. This year there were two awards presented for restoration and four for rehabilitation. For restoration, Nan and Wally Greenough worked with architect Ken Behles, Lynch Construction and Nature’s Perspective landscap­ers to […]

Out of Service: Farewell to the Filling Station

By Cecile Hales In the early years of the 20th cen­tury, an automobile was a prestige item available only to those with the finances and foresight to acquire this new technological marvel. As the number of autos increased after World War I, so did the opportuni­ties for local businesses to provide essential services to car owners. […]

Admiral Dewey’s Cannon

By Charles Shabica At the northwest corner of the Winnetka Village Green lies an old bronze muz­zle-loading cannon I discovered in 1971 when I attended my first July 4th celebration in Winnetka. According to my friend, long­ time Winnetka Historical Society member and veteran, Phil Hoza, the cannon may have been given to the Village by […]


The New Trier Protests of May 1970

By Duff Peterson For two weeks in May 1970, both campuses of New Trier High School erupted in protests against the Vietnam War.[1]  The protests were part of a nationwide uprising of at least four million young people who were reacting first to President Richard Nixon’s decision to invade Cambodia, and then to the shooting […]


Donating artifacts to the WHS Museum Collection

by Siera H. Erazo WHS is actively collecting objects, costumes (clothing), personal papers, corporate archives, original photographs, original blueprints, and other items that directly relate to developing a better understanding of the story of Winnetka and its residents. To donate an item(s), please contact the curator by calling 847-446-0001 or by emailing After we […]

Legendary Purdue coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert poses with Allen Menke after awarding him the Ward Lambert Trophy for athletic and academic achievement in 1943.

Meet Allen Menke

By Sally Schneiders Heads turned toward us as we made our way to a table at the Bluestone Restaurant one day last November. Ninety-five years old, yet still standing almost completely erect at 6’5″, my lunch companion looked impressive in a brown leather bomber jacket, tan slacks, and relaxed expression. As my friend pulled out my chair for me to […]

This beautifully renovated home at 644 Walden will be the site of the 2017 WHS Gala event Big Noise from Winnetka on June 10.

WHS Gala: “Big Noise” on a Quiet Street

By Laurie Petersen The theme of this year’s Winnetka Historical Society’s gala is “Big Noise from Winnetka,” inspired by the Big Band tune of that name. Music and merriment will fill the air at the beautiful home and garden of hosts Becky and Chris Hurley. Their remodeled house at 644 Walden Road, designed by Paul […]