Stories and Structures: Downtown Hubbard Woods and Beyond

Stories and Structures: Downtown Hubbard Woods and Beyond

Glencoe, Illinois 60093, United States

Created By: Winnetka Historical Society

Tour Information

Explore downtown Hubbard Woods and beyond! This 1-hour walking tour will take you along the border of Winnetka and Glencoe, through some of Hubbard Woods' most picturesque neighborhoods, and back through Hubbard Woods' historic downtown. You'll learn about the architectural elements that make these structures unique, and hear stories about the people who lived and worked in them.

Free parking is available in the Hubbard Woods Station parking lot at 1180 Scott Avenue (behind Grace Nails before the Metra tracks).

The Winnetka Historical Society is a nonprofit charity recognized as tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3).

A donation will help the Winnetka Historical Society preserve our collections, maintain our facilities (Schmidt-Burnham Log House and Museum/Research Center at 411 Linden) and develop relevant and engaging programs.

For more information about the Winnetka Historical Society and to make a donation, visit our website at

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What You'll See on the Tour

The story of Victorian Gothic house at 270 Scott begin with Jared Gage, a businessman turned banker who made his fortune running the first flour mill in downtown Chicago in the 1840s. Gage arrived in Winnetka in 1855, where he built an impo... Read more
This unique post-modern home, built in 1970, is the newest house on our tour. It was designed by Albert Belrose, who was well-known in the mid-to-late 20th century for his distinctive modern designs. He was born on the south side of Chicago... Read more
This beautiful Italianate house was built for James West, a Scottish-born grocery broker who immigrated  to Montreal in  before moving to Winnetka in 1869. In addition to his career in the grocery business, West was a self-taught academic... Read more
This attractive, mixed-use Tudor Revival building is likely one of the oldest in this section of the Hubbard Woods business district. We don’t know the exact date of construction, but we do know it was built sometime in the early 1900s. ... Read more
This large Colonial style house was built around 1893. Unfortunately, we don’t know who the original architect or homeowners were, but we do know that by 1920, General Jacob Dickinson and his family were living in the house. Dickinson was... Read more
The beautiful Arts & Crafts home was first built in 1914 for Paul and May Hunter. Originally from Kansas, Paul worked as a wool salesman in Chicago. The Hunters lived in this house until 1923, when they sold it to Hans and Bertha Magnus... Read more
This charming Victorian-era house was built c. 1878 by developer E. Ashley Mears, who has quite an interesting history on the North Shore and beyond. Mears was born in Vermont in 1840. He moved to Chicago at a young age, where he first beca... Read more
The small, unassuming building at 900 Green Bay is nestled between two multi-level, mixed use brick buildings and as such, may easily be overlooked. Yet, it stands as an important remnant of Hubbard Woods’ early history and commercial dev... Read more
While the Tudor-style building on the northwest corner of Gage and Green Bay looks modern, portions of it surprisingly date back to the late 1800s. Built by Swedish immigrant Carl Forberg, it was originally constructed on Gage Street betwee... Read more
The history of the site of the building at 1010 Green Bay, which is located in both Winnetka and Glencoe, dates back to Glencoe’s first settlers, the Taylor family. Anson and Lisa Taylor arrived in the area in 1835, building the first set... Read more


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