Chicago's North Shore Attractions
Chicago's North Shore extends from the towns of Evanston to Lake Forest containing many mansions of wealthy commuters. The road which snakes along boasts some interesting architecture and views.
Waukegan is the ninth largest city in Illinois, based on population. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the city is 40 miles north of downtown Chicago. Waukegan began as a French trading post and Potawatomi Indian settlement known as "Little Fort".
The Genesee Theatre opened to the public on December 25, 1927 with seating for 1,799, seven tons of marble and a massive pipe organ. The theatre was completely renovated over the period of 2001-2004 and restored to an exact replica of its 1927 grandeur.
The area that has become Wilmette was originally owned by an American Indian woman who named it after her French-Canadian husband, Antoine Ouilmette. Wilmette experienced dramatic changes in 1908-10 when a new waterway system was set up as an experiment. The landfills that were created as a result of this work later became Gilson Park.
Bahá'í (Bahai) House of Worship
The Bahá'í House of Worship was built by followers of the Bahá'í faith, it is a nine-sided structure that is surrounded by formal gardens.
Father Jacques Marquette and his followers landed here in 1674. This lake port was named Grosse Point and later changed to Evanston in honour of John Evans, a founder of Northwestern University.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian was founded in 1977 with John and Betty Mitchell's gift of their Native American collection to Kendall College. The collections, gathered over a 60 year period, range from the Paleo-Indian period through to present day. Permanent exhibitions depict the Native American cultures of the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic.
Address: 2600 Central Park Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-1106, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-4pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Family $10.00, Adult $5.00, Students $2.50, Senior $2.50, Child 12 & under $2.50
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Northwestern University was founded in 1851, and has campuses in Chicago and Evanston. The University Library features rare books and art exhibits, the Dearborn Observatory offers public viewing and the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall is also on campus.
Charles Gates Dawes House
Charles Gates Dawes was Vice-President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge and recipient of the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize. The house, built in 1894, is maintained by the Evanston Historical Society. It is furnished with original pieces.
Custer Street Fair (formerly Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts)
The Custer Street Fair includes arts, crafts, music and theatre, it is held the third weekend in June. The Custer Fair attracts over 70,000 attendees and features 250 nationally acclaimed artists, craftspeople and antique dealers.
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
The 385 acre Chicago Botanic Garden features 23 display gardens that include a rose garden, waterfall garden, Japanese garden, English garden and fruit and vegetable garden.