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The Winnetka lake shore in its pre-settlement natural state.

The Illinois Lakeshore 2100, Adaptive Shorelines to Cope with Climate Change

Appeared in the Gazette, Fall/Winter 2019 By Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D., P.G. Educated at Brown, Yale, and the University of Chicago, Charles Shabica is President of Shabica & Associates, Inc., Coastal Scientists and Engineers, and is Emeritus Professor of Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University.   High lake levels and more intense storms have many Great […]

May 6: 2003: The Schmidt-Burnham Log House travels west on Tower Road, clocking in at about 3mph. While the news media helicoptered overhead, a couple of hundred kids and adults lined the road to marvel at the spectacle.

The Big Move: When the Log House Made a Landing in Crow Island Woods

By Holly Marihugh Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019   Even though it rained cats and dogs on and off, around 300 visitors stepped across the threshold of the Schmidt-Burnham Log House on Pioneer Day held September 22nd. The event was part of Winnetka’s year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the village’s founding. The […]

The Committee for the Green Bay Trail raised funds and worked with local government to pave the path from Glencoe to Winnetka. On June 10, 1969, a grand opening celebration took place on the Winnetka Village Green. Photo credit: Winnetka Talk, 1969

A Look Back at 1969, Winnetka’s Centennial Year

By Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019 As we celebrate the sesquicentennial year of our Village’s founding, let’s take a look back at what was happening In Winnetka 50 years ago, during the year of our centennial celebration. While many of us might remember 1969 as the year of the lunar landing, Woodstock, […]

Back in the Day: Historic Preservation — Why do we care?

This article originally appeared in the December 26, 2018 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Historic preservation — Why do we care? By Holly Marihugh Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s home in northern Virginia, stood dilapidated in 1853. “South Carolina socialite, Louise Dalton Bird Cunningham, saw Mt. Vernon as she rode […]

Back in the Day: Winnetka’s Own Maverick

This article originally appeared in the April 25, 2019 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Winnetka’s own maverick By Holly Marihugh Most of us know that a maverick is person who wants to mark her own unique path. But did you know Winnetka had its own maverick? Lola Maverick Lloyd, granddaughter of […]

Back in the Day: A window of understanding into the past

This article originally appeared in the June 28, 2019 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: A window of understanding into the past By Holly Marihugh The historic clothing of the Medici family members gives us a rare insight into their lives during the 16th century. Through local resident Mary Westerman, Winnetka has […]

Back in the Day: Anita Willets-Burnham: Artist, writer and world traveler

This article originally appeared in the October 4, 2019 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Anita Willets-Burnham: Artist, writer and world traveler By Holly Marihugh The Winnetkan world-traveling artist, Anita Willets-Burnham, once said, “Doing what can’t be done is the glory of living.” To prove her point, she traveled all over the […]

Back in the Day: Moonshine raid details Winnetka’s brief booze history

This article originally appeared in the February 27, 2019 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Moonshine raid details Winnetka’s brief booze history By Holly Marihugh As the clock struck 6 p.m. Dec. 8, 1926, seven Winnetka police officers raided Curruti’s restaurant on Linden Street for the crime of serving illicit moonshine. The […]

Back In The Day: America’s pastime is also Winnetka’s pastime

This article originally appeared in the April 2, 2018 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back In The Day: America’s pastime is also Winnetka’s pastime By Peter Butler America’s pastime comes to life again this year as the baseball season has started. School spring breaks are over, which means baseball has started in Winnetka, just as […]

Back in the Day: Feeling nostalgic over diminishing home phones

This article originally appeared in the July 18, 2018 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Feeling nostalgic over diminishing home phones By Peter Butler Do you know anyone under the age of 40 who has a landline phone? In just a few years, cellphones followed by email, Facebook, texting, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat […]