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The Historical Museum has an extensive collection of old maps, which visitors to the Research Center are welcome to consult. Here is a sampling of some popular ones. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image.


Ouilmette Reserve, 1842; federal survey of 1,280 acres reserved to Archange Ouilmette

The North Shore in 1851

The North Shore in 1861

Plat hand-drawn by Asahel Gage of what would become Wilmette, 1868

Gross Point in 1886, showing landholdings of German farmers

The Four-Mile Limit, 1894, showing the locations of some saloons

Drury Brothers real estate map, 1890s

Wilmette's lakeshore after the building of the sanitary canal, ca. 1914

Plan of Wilmette, 1922, showing the "civic center" planned for the 600 block of Green Bay Road