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Historic Ravinia: Famous People, Places and Spaces

Friday, September 08, 2017
The fall foliage is the perfect backdrop to explore and learn about Historic Ravinia. This year we will showcase some of the Famous People, Places and Spaces of Ravinia.

And because there is so much to learn, seek and find, the event will take place in two parts, two different events on two separate dates, in two architecturally significant spaces.

Who’s Who and What’s Where?  There’s a lot to learn, seek and find in Ravinia!  This year’s event has two separate parts on two separate dates, in two architecturally significant spaces.

Historic Ravinia will open with Part 1
Braeside School

Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-4:00 pm

150 Pierce Rd.
Highland Park, IL

Learn about John Van Bergen, the architect of Braeside School and dozens of structures in Highland Park. Take a tour with a Braeside Student Ambassador to discover the special details and spaces of the building.  Back in the Gym will be a presentation on how another Van Bergen house was moved from Wilmette to Evanston.

Do some sleuthing and follow the Scavenger Hunt clues around Highland Park.

RSVP Online Through Eventbrite

 Schedule of Events

  • 1-1:30 Welcome to the Third Annual Historic Ravinia event, Famous People, Places and Spaces including light refreshments.

  • 1:30-2:30 John Van Bergen in Highland Park and North Shore, Chris Enck’s presentation on preserving the Wilmette James Irving House by moving it to Evanston.

  • 2:30-3:30 Braeside Student Ambassadors serve as docents on a tour of their special school

  • 3:30-4:00 How can we help to preserve Highland Park’s historic resources, Q & A, refreshments, closing comments. The Scavenger Hunt clues will be distributed to those who want to try their hand at sleuthing around the neighborhoods. 


All Part 1 events at Braeside School are free.  We do ask that you RSVP on Eventbrite so we can plan accordingly for the event.  We also appreciate donations in any amount. These events are made possible through generous donations and volunteers in and around the community.

Who’s Who and What’s Where? The fun continues as we learn more about Ravinia, its famous residents and the neighborhood.

 Historic Ravinia will continue with Part 2
Ravinia School

Sunday Oct. 22, 1-4:00
763 Dean Ave.

Highland Park, IL

Learn the history of Ravinia School and the impact it had on the entire community. Ravinia Student Ambassadors will share their knowledge about their school while leading tours.  Activity Stations will provide kid-size information and art activities to supplement the day’s topics. 

And back by popular demand, the Historic Trolley will tour Ravinia and Braeside neighborhoods to uncover more about some of our most treasured Famous People, Places & Spaces.

RSVP & Reserve Your Trolley Seat Online Through Eventbrite


  • 1-1:30 Welcome to Part 2 the of Third Annual Historic Ravinia event, Famous People, Places and Spaces. Light refreshments

  • 1:30-2:30 The Ravinia Village House, What was it? Where was it? Why is it important?  Ravinia resident Amy Lohlmolder will enlighten us.

  • 2:30-3:30 Ravinia Student Ambassadors will serve as docents on a tour of their school. Have a peak at the cozy spaces and fireplaces throughout the school

  • 2:30-4:30 Trolley Tours require advance tickets.  Trolley Tours are 2:30-3:30 or 3:30-4:30. Student tours of Ravinia will be available while waiting for 3:30 Trolley Tour. Activity Tables will be open throughout the event

  • 3:30-4:00 Closing remarks, refreshments. Scavenger Hunt maps will be handed out. 


All events inside Ravinia School are free. Trolley Tours require advance purchase tickets, Adults $12 (over 18 yrs), Youth Free (under 18 yrs.) Trolley Times are 2:30-3:30 OR 3:30-4:30

Advance purchase of Trolley Tour is strongly advised—these have sold out very quickly in the past!