Creating Communities: A History of the North Shore Exhibit

Nov. 1, 2023 – Feb. 28, 2024

Since the first permanent settlers arrived in the19th century, the North Shore has developed a history and identity connected to, yet distinct from, Chicago. From the earliest settlements through periods of growth and change, residents of each suburb worked to create environments that served both their individual communities and the North Shore at large.

Select topics are currently being exhibited at two locations. Visit both sites to learn about the area’s fascinating history. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge at all three venues and is geared toward children and adults ages 10 and up.


Community House Winnetka

(620 Lincoln Avenue)

Transportation and Early Settlers


and at

Winnetka Public Library

(768 Oak Street)

Recreation, Notable Women, Commercial Development and Architecture


In addition to informative panels with stories and visuals, each topic is accompanied by an interactive element or exhibit case full of historic artifacts!

Information and photographs from the exhibits can be viewed virtually below.

The exhibit is comprised of six topics:

Click on the links to explore the exhibit.

View artifacts from the exhibit below.

Winnetka Park District beach, golf, and skating passes, 1928-1995.

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