Waukegan History – Tours

All walking tours canceled through 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Walking Tours

Guided history walks around Waukegan are scheduled regularly throughout the year.  If you are interested in your own private tour for your group or class please contact us.  We’re happy to take you around to share Waukegan’s wonderful history!

  • Waukegan’s Civil War Sites
  • Waukegan and the Motion Picture Industry
  • Historic Homes of Sheridan Road
  • Ray Bradbury’s Green Town
  • Haunted Waukegan
  • Remembering Our Veterans at Oakwood Cemetery
  • Discover Bowen Park

To register for Guided Tours please click here.

To buy Oakwood Cemetery Walk tickets please click here.

Beautiful Bowen Park Guided Tour

Bowen Park Formal GardensSchedule a time to take a free guided tour of beautiful Bowen Park! On the tour you will learn about the early years of the property when it was a farm, the 50 years when the Jane Addams Hull House operated the Bowen Country Club, and the later years as Waukegan’s largest park. The Bowen Country Club, operated by the Jane Addams Hull House of Chicago was a summer camp for the underprivileged children of Chicago that operated from 1912 to 1962. You will learn about the buildings that were constructed for the camp and the many things that were offered to the campers. Walking on the trails in the park, flowers and wildlife will be pointed out along with discussion on how the park’s natural habitat is being preserved. The tour will start outside of the Waukegan History Museum and will conclude with a tour of Lilac Cottage. The tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Walking will include hills, trails, and uneven ground. Please contact the Waukegan History Museum to schedule a tour.

Tour of Homes

Sunday, October 6, 2019 (1-5pm)
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.

General Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Jack Benny Center, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Bowen Park. Exact cash or checks only

Oakwood Cemetery Walk – Click for more info