Waukegan History – Events

Waukegan History Museum Events

Tour of Homes

The annual Tour of Homes is a self-guided tour that showcases selected, beautiful homes in Waukegan. Participants are able to learn the history of some of the finest homes in the city as well as tour their interiors. The Tour of Homes, started in 1969, is the main fundraiser of the Waukegan Historical Society.

Oakwood Cemetery Walk

Oakwood Cemetery Walk, an annual event that began in 1995, takes the participants through the city cemetery (1851). Visitors to Oakwood have been taken back to a time and place that has ranged from pre- Civil War to as recent as 1979. Four to six “residents” are portrayed by local “actors” each year. There has always been diversity among the characters portrayed. Finding information about women and minorities has been challenging but rewarding. The cemetery walk has featured the first female physician in Waukegan and George Washington Bell, a former slave turned Union soldier. This annual event is a cooperative program between the Waukegan Park District, City of Waukegan, and the Waukegan Historical Society.

Open Houses

The Waukegan Historical Museum hosts several public free open houses throughout the year.

  • American Independence, the Sunday before July 4th, 1-4pm
  • Dandelion Wine, the first Saturday in June, 1-4pm
  • Victorian Christmas, the first Saturday in December, 1-5pm