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The Early Years of Niles, Illinois

Please join the Northwest Chicago Historical Society and the Niles Historical Society in a joint presentation on the Early Years of Niles, Illinois.  Hear local historian Thomas E. Ferraro share some of the rich history of the first 123 years of Niles, Illinois.  This is a free event and refreshments will be served courtesy of the Niles Historical Society.  After the talk we can spend some time exploring their history museum.

From the beginning during the Black Hawk War of 1832 as the pioneer settlement of Dutchman's Point on the North Branch of the Chicago River. Incorporated in 1899, the new village's thriving business district was established along Milwaukee Avenue. During Prohibition, Niles was the gateway to "rural bohemia," the roadhouse district of suburban speakeasies and resorts north of Chicago. Niles's Tam O'Shanter Country Club, arguably the birthplace of modern professional golf, rose to international prominence during the Great Depression and continued to host the sport's most exclusive tournaments long after World War II. Behind the village's colorful past, another Niles existed, grounded by strong agrarian values and a deep sense of community pride--the truck farms of Maine and Niles Townships.

This is a free event and Tom Ferraro’s book Niles - The Early Years will be available for purchase.

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  • Frederic

    Interesting program since I grew up on the NW side.

    The Asian supermarket across the street was interesting too. Many foods I don`t ordinarily see nor eat.

    April 28, 2014

  • Christine P

    Very informative.

    April 28, 2014

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