Chicago’s North Shore: Where History and Culture Meet

This itinerary is best during spring and summer months

9 – 11:30 am

Begin your day at the Charles Gates Dawes House, home of former United States Vice President, World War I Brigadier General, and Nobel Laureate Charles Gates Dawes. The Dawes House was built in 1895 on the shores of Lake Michigan. Designed in the French chateau style by architect Henry Edwards-Ficken of New York, the three-and-a-half story mansion has twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eleven fireplaces. Each room of the house has its own “treasure bag” of objects that the family might have left behind from the 1920s. The Evanston History Center resides in the home.

11:30 – 1:00 pm

Enjoy a group lunch at one of the numerous dining opportunities in the area. Chicago’s North Shore has a restaurant to suit every taste.

1 – 2:30 pm

Continue north on Sheridan Road as it winds it way north along the shores of Lake Michigan. Take a moment to stop and view the Grosse Point Lighthouse, built by the United States Government in 1873 as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago after several shipwrecks demonstrated its need. In 1999, Grosse Point Lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service—the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes to carry that status.

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Further along Sheridan Road, the gleaming, nearly 200-foot high dome of the Bahá’í House of Worship comes into full view. Over 30 years of construction have resulted in this striking landmark, which overlooks Lake Michigan and is one of the most visited sites on all of Chicago’s North Shore. Surrounded by nine formal gardens and fountains, it is one of seven Bahá’í temples in the world, and the only one in the Western Hemisphere.

3:30 – 5:00 pm

As you continue your travels north on Sheridan Road, your tour day ends at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where you can experience 23 beautiful gardens and three natural habitats set on 385 acres of lush, rolling hills and tranquil lakes. Visitors can take walking guided tours of the garden or take the popular tram tour. The trams wind through the far reaches of the garden and give you hidden views of select gardens. It’s relaxing to traverse many far-reaching points of the garden in the comfort and convenience of the tram.

For information and booking, contact Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau at 847-763-0011 or visit

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