Tag Archives: Frank Windes

Winnetka Fourth of July Foundations

By Susan Whitcomb The Fourth of July was designated a national holiday by the United States Congress in 1870, just one year after Winnetka was granted its village charter by the State of Illinois. The oldest official evidence of Winnetka’s independence celebration is a printed program from 1873. Headlined as a “National Celebration,” it took […]

Frank Windes' plans for the track depression project, 1906. Notice how similar his designs are to the way the tracks and bridge appear today at Elm Street.

“F” is for Frank Windes

Gazette Article by Daniel Berenbeg, Fall 1996 Updated 2022 Frank Windes played a major role in many aspects of Winnetka’s development, from civil engineering to the Fourth of July celebration. Born in Jasper, Tennessee in 1872, he moved here from Chicago with his family in 1879. Windes grew up in Winnetka, attending Winnetka schools and […]