Tag Archives: Lake Michigan

The Winnetka lake shore in its pre-settlement natural state.

The Illinois Lakeshore 2100, Adaptive Shorelines to Cope with Climate Change

Appeared in the Gazette, Fall/Winter 2019 By Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D., P.G. Educated at Brown, Yale, and the University of Chicago, Charles Shabica is President of Shabica & Associates, Inc., Coastal Scientists and Engineers, and is Emeritus Professor of Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University.   High lake levels and more intense storms have many Great […]

Map showing geological context of the Skokie Lagoons.

Getting to Know Winnetka’s Own Science Guy

An interview with WHS Board President Charlie Shabica By Sally Schneiders It all started just prior to a recent Winnetka Historical Society board meeting when Charlie Shabica plunked down on the table a replica of a Tully Monster, an antique flintlock pistol and a seventeenth century silver Spanish dollar. Charlie passed each artifact around so […]

Winnetka’s Changing Lakeshore

Gazette Article by: Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D. Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1999 100 year battle with beach erosion One hundred years ago, shipping on the Great Lakes was the primary mode of interstate transportation in the Midwest. On the North Shore, sailing vessels carrying passengers, coal, lumber, and even Christmas trees routinely put in […]

Lakefront Issues – Present and Future

Gazette Article by: Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D. Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1999 Living on the Illinois shore of Lake Michigan in a community like Winnetka has great advantages tempered by a few – but important – problems. Since the mid-to-late 19th century, scientists and engineers have faced the challenge of balancing the need for […]


Death on Lake Michigan: The Lady Elgin Tragedy

Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 September 8, 2010 marked the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the Lady Elgin. The worst tragedy ever seen on the Great Lakes, this event looms large in Winnetka and Lake Michigan history. Just before midnight on September 7, 1860, a palatial sidewheel steamboat named the Lady Elgin left […]

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Rescuing the Lady Elgin

Gazette Article by: Jane Carroll Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1996 Excursion steamer Lady Elgin c1860 Image courtesy of Chicago Sunday Tribune Marathon Litigation Continues over Future of Wreck September 8, 1996, marked the 136th anniversary of the wreck of the Lady Elgin, one of the worst inland maritime disasters in United States history. The […]

Zebra Mussels in Lake Michigan

Gazette Article by: Barbara Joyce Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1996 The water at the beach has become so clear that bathers can wade in up to their necks and, looking down, still count their toes. To the delight of swimmers, Lake Michigan is cleaner now than at any time in this century. But biologists […]

Lake Michigan Mysteries

Gazette Article by: Barbara Joyce Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1995 Local Expert Searches for Understanding How many Winnetkans, walking along the shores of local beaches, know the following facts about Lake Michigan? – There is an “underground forest” of oak, ash and hickory tree stumps submerged 15 miles off Chicago’s coast. – The lake […]