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A postcard depicting the elegant grounds of the North Shore Health Resort on Sheridan Road.

Curator’s Corner: The Early Days of the North Shore Health Resort (1900s-1930s)

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Rachel Ramirez “Come and Get Well,” calls a 1918 advertisement for the North Shore Health Resort from the Chicago Daily Tribune. The ad, under the “Health Resorts” section of the classifieds, lauds the facility’s “Scientific care combined with ideal surroundings,” “beautiful grounds,” and a “bathing beach.” Established in […]

Gillette Elvgren and Chicago model Myrna Hansen pose for a publicity photo c. 1950.

Naughty but Nice: Commercial Illustrator Gillette Elvgren

Appeared in The Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Helen Weaver For 15 years from the early 1940s until the late 1950s, Winnetka was the home base of Gillette (Gil) Elvgren, a highly successful commercial artist, best known for his paintings of scantily clad women published in advertising calendars for the Brown & Bigelow Company. Elvgren, his […]

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Back in the Day: Mike Leonard on Winnetka — ‘This is My Town’

Appeared in The Winnetka Current Daily, February 24, 2020 By Holly Marihugh, Contributing Columnist Mike Leonard will be featured as the guest speaker at Winnetka Historical Society’s Spring Event from 6-8:30 p.m. April 6 at Community House Winnetka. Even though he created stories all over the U.S. and in many places dotting the globe, former […]

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 […]

May 6: 2003: The Schmidt-Burnham Log House travels west on Tower Road, clocking in at about 3mph. While the news media helicoptered overhead, a couple of hundred kids and adults lined the road to marvel at the spectacle.

The Big Move: When the Log House Made a Landing in Crow Island Woods

By Holly Marihugh Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019   Even though it rained cats and dogs on and off, around 300 visitors stepped across the threshold of the Schmidt-Burnham Log House on Pioneer Day held September 22nd. The event was part of Winnetka’s year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the village’s founding. The […]

The Committee for the Green Bay Trail raised funds and worked with local government to pave the path from Glencoe to Winnetka. On June 10, 1969, a grand opening celebration took place on the Winnetka Village Green. Photo credit: Winnetka Talk, 1969

A Look Back at 1969, Winnetka’s Centennial Year

By Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019 As we celebrate the sesquicentennial year of our Village’s founding, let’s take a look back at what was happening In Winnetka 50 years ago, during the year of our centennial celebration. While many of us might remember 1969 as the year of the lunar landing, Woodstock, […]

Winnetka Fire Department Firemen and Truck, 1915

Fire Department Photo Gallery

Winnetka Fire Department patch and fire engine instruction booklet for a 1919 fire engine. This engine was purchased when George Houren became the first professional fire chief of Winnetka. The Hubbard Woods (Lakeside) fire department in 1900, situated at the Southwest corner of Green Bay Road (Linden) and Scott Ave. “Lakeside Hose Company” is written […]

Back in the Day: Historic Preservation — Why do we care?

This article originally appeared in the December 26, 2018 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Historic preservation — Why do we care? By Holly Marihugh Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s home in northern Virginia, stood dilapidated in 1853. “South Carolina socialite, Louise Dalton Bird Cunningham, saw Mt. Vernon as she rode […]

Back in the Day: Winnetka’s Own Maverick

This article originally appeared in the April 25, 2019 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Winnetka’s own maverick By Holly Marihugh Most of us know that a maverick is person who wants to mark her own unique path. But did you know Winnetka had its own maverick? Lola Maverick Lloyd, granddaughter of […]

Back in the Day: A window of understanding into the past

This article originally appeared in the June 28, 2019 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: A window of understanding into the past By Holly Marihugh The historic clothing of the Medici family members gives us a rare insight into their lives during the 16th century. Through local resident Mary Westerman, Winnetka has […]