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Wilmette Stories

First Floor

The Gross Point Village Hall’s former fire station bay features stories that help to illuminate the special character of our community and its people.

We begin with the tale of the Ouilmettes, from whom the Village got its name, and continue with tales about the controversial saloons of old Gross Point, the early days of the firefighting, "Made in Wilmette" stories, the long battle over "No Man's Land," the story behind Wilmette's miles of brick streets, and the creation of beloved Roemer Park.

Adding to the exhibit are two special paintings created for the Village by local artist George Lusk in 1934. These enormous murals of Wilmette scenes—each painting is fourteen feet long—were out of public view for many years and are now proudly on display.