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Web Research Links

If we don’t have the answer to your question, maybe someone else does! Here are links and contact information for local, county, and state-wide history resources.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Lake Forest College Donnelley Library Archives and Special Collections

555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-735-5064

Lake Forest College student newspaper (Stentor and University Review) and yearbook (The Forester) online

(Click "All items" to browse all the years in the online collection)

Lake Forest Library

360 East Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-234-0636

Lake Bluff History Museum

125 Scranton
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-482-1571

Lake Forest Preservation Foundation

400 East Illinois
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-234-1230

Lake Forest Academy Archives

1500 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-615-3273

City of Lake Forest

Cemetery history

Fire Department history

Police Department history

Historic Preservation

City of Lake Forest Community Development Department

800 Field Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-810-3507

Village of Lake Bluff

Community history

Historic preservation

Village of Lake Bluff Community Development Department

40 E. Center Avenue
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-234-0774

Shields Township

906 Muir Avenue
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-234-0802

West Deerfield Township

601 Deerfield Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
847-945-0614

Ragdale Foundation

1260 N. Greenbay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-234-1063

Elawa Farm

1401 Middlefork Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-234-1966

Stanley D. Anderson Architectural Archives

Paul Bergmann
238 E. Woodland Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-295-7957

Shoreline Interurban Historical Society

P.O. Box 425, Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

COUNTY RESOURCES

Lake County Discovery Museum/Lake County History Archives

27277 N Forest Preserve Rd
Wauconda, IL 60084
847-968-3400

Waukegan Historical Society Haines Museum

1917 North Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60087
847-336-1859

Lake County Clerk

18 North County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085-4364
847-360-6670

Lake County Recorder

18 North County Street – 2nd Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085-4358
847-360-6673

Lake County Genealogical Society

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 998, Mundelein, IL 60060
Genealogy room:
Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL
847-918-3584

Lake County GIS/Mapping Division

1861 Lake County Map – online pdf

Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation

Lake County Holdings at the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library
Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1807

Lake County Circuit Court Case Files Index, 1840-1898

Illuminating Lake County History

Great Lakes Naval Museum

P.O. Box 886307
Great Lakes, IL 60088-6307
847-688-3154 x 209

Highland Park Historical Society

326 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
847-432-7090

CHICAGO RESOURCES

Chicago History Museum

1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
312-642-4600

Newberry Library

60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312-943-9090

Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
312-433-3666

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
773-581-7816

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps at the
Chicago Public Library

(Hard copy and digitized)

Historical Chicago Tribune (via ProQuest Newspapers)

*Need Lake Forest Library card to access

STATE RESOURCES

Illinois State Library

Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217-785-5600

Illinois State Archives

Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756
217-782-4682

Illinois Digital Archives

Digital Illinois

Federal Township Plats of Illinois, 1804-1891

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database

Other RESOURCES

History of the Great Lakes States - documents, articles, etc., including Illinois

Digital Public Library of America