Coming Up!

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac: Then and Now

July 8 @ 7pm at the History Center

Three Island Goats from the Chicago Yacht Club ( Angela Graham, Jan Promer and Nancy Snyder), “take you aboard” for the Race…now and in the past. Please join us as we learn about the pre-Race planning, preparations of boat and crew, Race charting and navigation and what life aboard is like during this prestigious international sporting event.

A little background:

In the late 1800’s, members of Chicago Yacht Club conceived of a race that would challenge every sailor to the weather, winds, storms, and seas of Lake Michigan, as well as the big question: What course do you take on a 333-mile race?

Now in its 112th running, the Race to Mackinac still presents the same question and challenges. Although sailors today use much more technology—from electronics to clothing— than sailors did 123 years ago, so many aspects of the Race remain unchanged.

A Few Spots Left! Bike Tour of the North Shore Interurban Electric Railway

July 2 @ 10am

Did you know that many of today's bike paths around Lake Forest and Lake Bluff were once the tracks of the North Shore Interurban electric railway? Join History Center docents Lisa Frey and Rich Kosmerl as they explain the history of the North Shore Interurban on this informative bike ride while pointing out hidden remnants along the way.  

A little background: Train service along the original route from Waukegan and Highland Park, later known as the Shore Line Route, began in 1898. The Skokie Valley Route, along present day Route 41, began in 1926. Unfortunately, both of these routes were abandoned by 1963. 

The tour will cover between six and eight miles depending on construction along the route and will take between 90 minutes and two hours.

Special thanks to Reuland & Turnbough for sponsoring our History on the Move series of docent-led tours.


Map Stories: The Hidden History in the Maps of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

On display now in the Katherine Bell Hale Gallery

This exhibition provides an exciting and rare opportunity to see 19th and 20th century maps from our extensive collection--from hand-drawn maps of the early village to road maps for the first automobiles. Stop by for a chance to see the history of our community through a different vantage point. History Center exhibits are free of charge.

Museum hours are TU-TH 10am-4pm and SAT 1-4pm. History Center members may arrange a private viewing on a day of your choosing by calling 847-234-5253 or contacting Alex Schneider at


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