Online Resources

We have many online sources available here. You can also submit a research request form and we will be happy to assist you with your research.

Request Form

Online Collections Database

Past Perfect Online

Telephone Directories / Phone Books

1909-1910 – Telephone Directory – Village of Winnetka section

1917, July – Telephone Directory – North Shore District, Chicago Telephone Company, Bell

1920-1921 – Village of Winnetka General Telephone Directory

1926, December – Telephone Directory of Winnetka, Illinois Bell Telephone Company

1939 – Polk’s Directory of Householders, Occupants of Office Buildings and Other Business Places, Including a Complete Street and Avenue Guide (includes reverse directory)

Plan of Winnetka – 1921

Full copy of Edward Bennett’s 1921 Plan of Winnetka as well as the the two color maps included in the plan.

Plan of Winnetka

Lakefront Plan Map

Rail Plan Map

Winnetka Property Research

View or download a copy of our free Researching Your Winnetka Property how-to PDF to aid you in researching your house, business, or land use.

Download or print our guide to Winnetka’s historic architecture, Winnetka Landmarks. Presented in partnership with the village of Winnetka Landmarks Commission.

Reference document with information on architects Ernest Alfred Mayo and Peter Brierley and their firm Mayo & Mayo Architects.

We will continually update this page with new sources as we scan important items in our collections. If you are interested in volunteering to help us digitize more of our most used resources, contact our curator at 847-446-0001 or