Upcoming Events

Western Springs goes back in time for one day at the Western Springs Historical Society’s MayFest, Sunday, May 4, 2-5pm

The Western Springs Historical Society (WSHS), presents an afternoon of old-fashioned family fun during MayFest, a new biennial event designed to raise awareness of the Society and its Preservation Awards. The event will take place Sunday, May 4, 2-5pm at the Tower Green.

The afternoon will feature traditional carnival games, old-fashioned entertainment, food and crafts. Carnival games will include nostalgic favorites like the milk can toss, bucket drop and a scavenger hunt with a raffle prize. Entertainment will feature a juggler, unicyclists, Maypole dancers, and the Western Springs-based Allegro fiddle and dance ensemble. Food will include lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and an old-fashioned candy table. Craft tables will offer boys and girls the opportunity to create crafts from another time, like May baskets, crowns and pennants. Children, preschool through grade 4th grade, can participate in a coloring contest. View contest details and download the coloring sheet here. Entertainment is free, and tickets for food, crafts and games can be purchased at the event.

Community businesses have chipped in to support the event and include: Event Sponsor: Realty Executives. Activity Sponsors: Core Pilates, Elements Massage, First Congregational Preschool, Dr. Phillip Girgis D.D.S., j2 Santi Builders, Village Veterinary Practice and the Western Springs Garden Club.

For more information: Please contact Robin Carroll at 773-551-7218.

Historic Home Ownership: Challenges and Rewards presented by Charlie Pipal, AIA, Thursday, April 17th @ 7 pm, Thomas Ford Library (lower level)

Ownership of an older home poses interesting challenges.  Design flexibility, outdated mechanical systems, electrical and plumbing issues, lack of insulation and leaky windows are just a few of the many problems confronted by owners of older homes.  Join architect Charles Pipal as he discusses specific issues and solutions to historic home stewardship.

Charles Pipal, AIA is a practicing architect and professor in the Historic Preservation Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in historic preservation.  He is a past director of Landmarks Illinois, where he served as chair of the Fund and Easement Committee and currently serves as the Chair of the Riverside Preservation Commission and Vice President of the Pleasant Home Foundation.  Professor Pipal’s particular professional and academic focus has been on the physical documentation and rehabilitation of historic resources. Register here.

The Western Springs Historical Society (WSHS) presented “The Evolution of Education in Western Springs” Wed. Feb. 26, 2014

Vicki's school presentation

WSHS president, Vicki Lezon, shared research findings on the history of schools in Western Springs dating back to 1874, in a humorous and enlightening presentation at a free lecture Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm in the McClure Junior High Library. Participants heard how education in Western Springs has changed over the past 140 years and how it has stayed the same.




WSBA Annual Christmas Walk

Many thanks to everyone who came out on December 7th for the Western Springs

Business Association’s annual Christmas Walk – particularly LT’s Junior

Madrigal choir. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon and had a chance to see

these talented young men and women perform. On behalf of the Western Springs

Historical Society, we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!

Past Western Springs Historical Society President Allyson Zak Honored

On October 8th, current Historical Society President, Vicki Lezon, along with the board, presented past President and current board member Allyson Zak with a memorial brick to commemorate her four years of excellent service to the Historical Society as President. The brick will join other commemorative bricks in front of the Ekdahl House. Thank you, Allyson!

Allyson Zak

Allyson Zak