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Our House Was a Very Very Very Fine House

Historical research can be challenging, but the results can often be insightful, satisfying and, more than often, surprising. All of these sensations were experienced during the recent search conducted to find more information about the history of the house I grew up in, and those who lived in it prior to me in Winnetka. What […]

Former Village Toy Shop owners Pat and
Liz Berwanger, 2015. (Photo courtesy of
Liz Berwanger)

Winnetka’s First Toy Store

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette, By Meagan McChesney. Few local businesses have held such fond memories for children growing up in Winnetka as the Village Toy Shop. For over 70 years, the store was a staple in the Village, providing the only one-stop shop for classic and new toys, free polka dot gift […]

 “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ and the Moon at Night.” Young actors singing and dancing their way through “Annie Get Your Gun” in 2015.  Photo courtesy of Winnetka Children’s Theatre.

A Shining Star of Creative Expression: Children’s Theatre of Winnetka

Originally appeared in the Spring 2021 Gazette by Joan Evanich Children’s Theatre of Winnetka’s directors and some past CTW members have gone on to successful professional performing arts careers, including Beck Bennett (“SNL”), Mary Kate Schellhardt (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Apollo 13”), Broadway performer Betsy Morgan (“Little Mermaid,” “High Fidelity”) and many others who grace […]

Home Alone Holiday Lights On

WHS Gala 2021: Famous House on Lincoln Avenue Still Draws Crowds After 30 Years

Originally appeared in the Spring 2021 Gazette, by Holly Marihugh Lincoln Avenue sits in the heart of Winnetka and includes residential houses, restaurants and shops, and even the stalwart Winnetka Community House. But there’s a beloved tourist attraction on the street as well: a brick Georgian built in 1920 by Architect William Aitken. Even after […]

A boy’s treasured promotional photo of Chicago Bears’ Halfback Gale Sayers.

Newsboy: Winnetkan Remembers Delivering Tribune

Author Gary D. Cole became the Chicago Tribune paperboy for his Winnetka neighborhood in 1968. His extended family lived far away, and his customers – especially the elderly residents of the Chimney Apartments – became another set of near relations to Cole. He felt it was his duty in delivering the news to his customers’ […]