Explore Winnetka Stories: Coming Together

Photo of a makeshift hospital ward during the 1918 influenza epidemic. Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

Winnetka & the Influenza Epidemic of 1918
As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country, more people are turning to the history of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic for insight. Read about the 1918 outbreak and how Winnetkans came together to support the community and control the spread of the virus. Learn More! 

Photo and Document Gallery:
Discover how Winnetka and the greater Chicagoland area dealt with 1918 Influenza week by week and month by month as the virus spread and eventually waned. Click Here!

Video from PBS’s Chicago Tonight:
For more on how the Chicagoland area was impacted by the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, check out Chicago Tonight’s segment with Geoffrey Baer. Watch Here!

Winnketa & the Coronoavirus of 2020
In March, we began reaching out to the community to help us document this challenging time. We received an incredible variety of stories, documents, and photos, yet quickly noticed how many submissions focused on the ways Winnetkans are supporting and encouraging each other. Scroll through the gallery to see a selection of photos and stories we’ve received from the community. Click Here! 

Free masks available for the community created and provided by Helen Weaver. Photo credit: Helen Weaver

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