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301 Chicago Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

As the offspring of two long-standing newspapers, the Chicago Sun-Times has more than 60 years of experience filling brain filing cabinets with the latest news stories and perspectives from Chicago and around the world. With modern upgrades such as the e-paper, a digital replica of the print version that swaggers into email boxes by 7 a.m. every morning, users are able to access all the features, photos, and content in the print version, as well as enjoy enhanced navigation attributes that allow searches by keyword, columnist, section, and content. Ravenous readers can browse the paper online or download the file to take on the go, staying up-to-date on their favorite Chicago sports teams, tapping into personal-finance wisdom, and accessing film recommendations from famed critic Roger Ebert. Worldly adventurers can dive into the Lifestyles section for travel tips, healthy recipes, and Rorschach tests that look like crossword puzzles.

301 Chicago Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

It started in 1977, with a donation by philanthropists John Mayo and Betty Seabury Mitchell of approximately 3,000 artifacts to found the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Since its inception, the museum has sought to broaden the public's understanding of the continent's cultural diversity of American Indian and First Nation peoples. To that end, it showcases the historical and artistic achievements of the Native American and First Nations peoples of the present-day United States and Canada.

Donations over the decades have helped swell the meticulously preserved permanent collection to more than 10,000 objects. Consisting of pieces from tribes throughout the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Arctic regions of North America, the collection has a broad-based appeal for researchers, knowledge-hungry visitors, and the culturally curious. Baskets, pottery, clothing, paintings, beadwork, carvings, and archaeological and ethnographic artifacts dating from Paleo-Indian times to the present fill the display cases. Additionally, the museum features special areas where guests can touch and handle Native-made tools and raw materials?including snakeskins, birch bark, and turquoise?that the Native American and First Nations peoples historically would have used in everyday life. Temporary exhibits explore specific themes, such as the cultural identity of mixed race Native peoples and the traditions of storytelling in Native culture.

3001 Central St
Evanston,
IL
US

The Evanston History Center covers the history of the town of Evanston?but with roots going back nearly 120 years, the center almost deserves a historical society of its own. It's headquartered in the National Landmark home of Charles Gates Dawes, the Vice President under Calvin Coolidge and a descendent of a family that immigrated to the Americas in 1635. In addition to the physical building and the collection of art and artifacts, the Center also leads walking architecture tours, yoga and music performances, and ice cream socials.

  • Size: six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, two parlors, a library, a dining room, a billiard room, and a ballroom, though it doesn't have a virtual golf center
  • Eye Catcher: the house itself: a 3.5-story chateau surrounded by topiaries and gardens that visitors can explore on docent-led tours every Thursday through Sunday
  • Permanent Mainstay: Milestones and Memories, a second-floor exhibit featuring such artifacts as a collection of rifles, a surgeon's case, and paintings from several centuries
  • Don't Miss: live events, such as a lecture series on the role of WWI in the history of the city, holiday parties and ice cream socials, and walking tours exploring architecture, the lakefront, and women's history
225 Greenwood St.
Evanston,
IL
US

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