Waukegan HIstory Museum Closed Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pieces of the Past

Interactive Exhibit in the Parks through October 15

Thank you to everyone who participated in Pieces of the Past!  The game portion of Pieces of the Past has closed.

The new “Pieces of the Past” exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Waukegan Park District. 50 large puzzle pieces have been scattered throughout all of the Waukegan Park District parks. Each puzzle piece tells a unique story about the history of our parks..

Find the puzzle pieces to play the interactive game for rewards. Each puzzle piece contains a secret code. Once the secret code is found, it can be recorded in the official "Pieces of the Past" brochure. 

Brochures can be found at the Waukegan History Museum, 1911 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park, at other participating Waukegan Park District facilities, or you can download the brochure now.

The Exhibits page has more information about “Pieces of the Past.”

Bring a bit of Waukegan history home! 

The Society is offering a select number of images for sale from its print collection; many were first shown in Images of America: Waukegan  and the Society’s book, Waukegan: A History


The images are now available for purchase from the Society as unframed or framed prints (11-in. x 14-in. with a black border) that are ready to hang in your home, office or business.

Order one today!


The Waukegan Historical Society, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was formed in 1968 by a group of residents to preserve and promote the long and varied history of Waukegan. If you have an interest in local history or that of your family, consider becoming a member. We would welcome your participation with us.

The Society and the Waukegan Park District jointly operate the Waukegan History Museum located amidst the gently rolling landscape of Bowen Park in northeastern Waukegan. The Museum resides in two historic structures on Bowen Heritage Circle, the Haines House (home of the Waukegan History Museum) and Lilac Cottage (home of the Raymond Library).

One of the earliest surviving structures in Lake County, the Haines House has been restored to reflect the décor of the late 1800’s when it was the home of John C. Haines, an early mayor of Chicago. It also houses important Waukegan artifacts, and both permanent and short term exhibits. 

The Waukegan History Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Group tours may be scheduled by appointment.

Except as noted above, the Raymond Library houses the Society’s extensive research collection of photos and documents on all aspects of Waukegan’s history. It is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.





Current Exhibits