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Our House Was a Very Very Very Fine House

Historical research can be challenging, but the results can often be insightful, satisfying and, more than often, surprising. All of these sensations were experienced during the recent search conducted to find more information about the history of the house I grew up in, and those who lived in it prior to me in Winnetka. What […]

Mary, Tom Jr., Mike, and Ellie Molitor at the Hubbard Woods School pumpkin carnival,
1997. (Courtesy of the Molitor family)

The Molitor Family: School Memories, Baseball Games, Sunfish Sailing

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette, by Holly Marihugh Our WHS theme this year was “Growing Up in Winnetka,” and the Molitor family embodies that theme. They joined our community in 1994, moving into a house on Scott Avenue in Hubbard Woods. All six members recall their favorite memories about the village and the […]

Former Village Toy Shop owners Pat and
Liz Berwanger, 2015. (Photo courtesy of
Liz Berwanger)

Winnetka’s First Toy Store

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette, By Meagan McChesney. Few local businesses have held such fond memories for children growing up in Winnetka as the Village Toy Shop. For over 70 years, the store was a staple in the Village, providing the only one-stop shop for classic and new toys, free polka dot gift […]

Joanie Weaver 1995

Children’s Fair of Winnetka is a Gift to the Community

Originally appeared in the Fall 2021 Gazette, by Helen Weaver. Phoebe Massey Ryerson was looking to raise funds for the new Winnetka Community Nursery School back in 1945 so she decided to host a “fair” in her backyard. The success of that event began a tradition that families have enjoyed for decades. The Winnetka Children’s […]

 “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ and the Moon at Night.” Young actors singing and dancing their way through “Annie Get Your Gun” in 2015.  Photo courtesy of Winnetka Children’s Theatre.

A Shining Star of Creative Expression: Children’s Theatre of Winnetka

Originally appeared in the Spring 2021 Gazette by Joan Evanich Children’s Theatre of Winnetka’s directors and some past CTW members have gone on to successful professional performing arts careers, including Beck Bennett (“SNL”), Mary Kate Schellhardt (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Apollo 13”), Broadway performer Betsy Morgan (“Little Mermaid,” “High Fidelity”) and many others who grace […]

A boy’s treasured promotional photo of Chicago Bears’ Halfback Gale Sayers.

Newsboy: Winnetkan Remembers Delivering Tribune

Author Gary D. Cole became the Chicago Tribune paperboy for his Winnetka neighborhood in 1968. His extended family lived far away, and his customers – especially the elderly residents of the Chimney Apartments – became another set of near relations to Cole. He felt it was his duty in delivering the news to his customers’ […]

Peace Activist and Suffragette Lola Maverick Lloyd (1875-1944) wore this beaver fur hat, c. 1910.

Curator’s Corner

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 Gazette by Meagan McChesney, PhD This year’s successful Virtual Gala featured several of the unique hats housed in the Winnetka Historical Society’s offsite Costume Collection. While notable in their own right for their beautiful designs and detailing, collecting images of these hats led me to wonder about the people […]


A Local Physician’s Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 Gazette by Holly Marihugh Q: How has your practice changed since the influx of COVID-19 cases? A: First, patients just stayed away. When patients are fearful about their health, availing themselves of their primary care doctor or the healthcare system is an automatic response. In this totally unusual situation, […]