COVIDEOS | Eileen Looby Weber of Lake Forest Flowers

Eileen Weber shares the challenges her family's one hundred year old floral business has faced during today's pandemic. View her covideo here:

Send us your short video of a day-in-the-life and help us tell the story of life during the coronavirus pandemic. Phone videos work perfectly! Just keep them to 1-3 minutes in length. Send them to with your permission to use the video in our social media and digital exhibit. See more covides on our youtube channel.


If you had your choice, which famous Lake Forest estate would you hunker down in?

Each house is a different Lake Forest property (past or present), and has inside: one architect, one politician, one actor/director, one athlete, one cultural figure, and one innovator…who lived/worked in Lake Forest—of course! Choose wisely! Reply to this email and let us know your choice, or share and tag us on social media.

Find out more about the properties and people featured in our online exhibit.



#100YearsAgoToday The Francis L. Woolley dealership in Highland Park announcing it would be premiering local sales of the Elgin Six automobile. The Elgin Six was manufactured by the Elgin Motor Car Corporation, located in Argo, Illinois (just west of today’s Chicago-Midway). The company was founded by the executives of the Elgin Watch Company, who fittingly promoted their car as being “built like a watch.” In 1923 the Elgin Motor Car Corporation relocated to Indianapolis, but folded the next year, possibly a victim of the post-WWI recession like many smaller car manufacturers.

(Pictured: a regional Elgin Six service and parts depot in Chicago.)

Here’s a (recent, but sadly unavailable) sale listing for an Elgin Six if you’re interested in a more current view.


#100YearsAgoToday Commencement season had commenced in Lake Forest; as announced in this front page Lake Forester editorial, “These boys and girls are launching their barques on the sea of life.” Local businesses caught on as well, with Rasmussen Brothers Boot Shop in Market Square advertising “appropriate shoes” for “every single one” of the dresses female graduates had to don for the endless circuit of graduation dances, gatherings and events. (The male graduate seemingly did not have such pressing footwear needs.)


It's Back!

Our first virtual half happy hour was so much fun, we're doing it again! 

WHEN: We'll see you on Thursday, June 4th. The virtual happy half hour will start at 4:30 pm via Zoom

WHERE: In the comfort of your home or patio!

WHO: Valued members of the History Center

WHAT TO EXPECT: An opportunity to provide your thoughts and opinions on innovative initiatives and projects. 

Be sure to RSVP today, we're excited to see you!  We will send you the Zoom invitation once we receive your RSVP. New to Zoom? No worries! Let’s arrange a time to talk through how to download and use the free Zoom app. 


Our Quest for Collecting Photos Continues!

A Candid Look at Covid-19 | Kickoff to summer!

Social distancing? No problem! The Lake Forest beach is open and residents and visitors of all ages are welcoming the start of summer while observing the new normal. Way to go!

Submit your photos to View our digital exhibit A Candid Look at Covid-19 and help us record what "Phase 3" of life during the coronavirus pandemic looks like.

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