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Waukegan History Museum

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1917 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park
Waukegan, IL 60087

Phone: 847.336.1859

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The Waukegan Historical Society’s headquarters is the Waukegan History Museum located in beautiful Bowen Park. The Museum is the former home of John C. Haines, a past mayor of Chicago, Illinois. The Haines House was built about 1843, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in Lake County. It was enlarged to its present size in the 1870s. Today, the Museum portrays life of the late Victorian period in 1870s Waukegan through the use of carefully researched wallpapers, carpets, drapes, light fixtures, and period furnishings from prominent Waukegan families. The rich history of Waukegan is found throughout the Museum in the form of exhibits, photographs, and artifacts. Highlights include a trunk that a young Jack Benny used during his early Vaudeville days, the bed that Abraham Lincoln slept on while visiting the city, and the charred clock face from the second Lake County Courthouse.

Related Events

Dates Event Name
Ongoing Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood

Hours of Operation

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-4pm

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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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