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  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
    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.
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    3001 Central Street
    Evanston, IL US
  • Evanston History Center
    The Evanston History Center covers the history of the city 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. In addition to the physical building and the collection of art and artifacts, the Center also leads walking architecture tours, 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 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 surgeon's case, and paintings from several centuries throughout the house 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
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    225 Greenwood St.
    Evanston, IL US
  • Robert Crown Center
    The spacious, well-lit rink at Robert Crown Center in Evanston is your best choice for having a memorable, fun skating experience. When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this club has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this club. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1701 Main Street
    Evanston, IL US
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
    Among the treasures of Evanston, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art stands as a must-see museum. Enjoy a movie or two when you bring your car to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art's excellent drive-in theater. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    40 Arts Circle Drive
    Evanston, IL US
  • Frances Willard House
    Frances Willard House in Evanston is a fun museum that features the finest art pieces in town, making it a hit for visitors of all ages. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1730 Chicago Ave
    Evanston, IL US
  • Century Theatres
    Evanston's Century Theatres is a great place to check out a new movie release and munch on your favorite snacks, such as butter-coated popcorn. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1715 Maple Ave
    Evanston, IL US

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