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Julia Bikbova adjusts the uniform of Stepan Borozinets, a highly decorated Russian air force pilot during World War II, at the Skokie library on May 8. The Russian veterans were celebrating on the eve of "Victory Day," May 9, the date many Russians celebrate the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazis. (Brian L. Cox / Special to the Tribune.)

Former Soviet vets of World War II want to reconnect with their American allies

Like many military veterans, Stepan Borozinets can tell hair-raising stories of combat. Borozinets, 89, a highly decorated pilot in the Soviet air force during World … Read more ›

This Tudor-style building at 832 Elm St. is one of four managed by BJB Evanston which recently applied for landmark status from Winnetka. Though unproven, there are indications it was the site of a prohibition-era speakeasy. (John P. Huston, Tribune reporter)

Four commercial properties request local landmark status

Four Tudor-style buildings in Winnetka have been recommended to receive local landmark status — the first time in village history that commercial properties have sought … Read more ›

Executive Director Patti van Cleave, Costume Curator Ellie Carlson, and Curator Katie  Macica (L-R) posted in front of a vintage car whose owner visited the new Winnetka Historical Society Exhibit, Loosen Your Corset, Roll Up Your Sleeves--Progressive Era Winnetka: 1890-1920
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Historical Society Explores Era of Social Transformation

The Winnetka Historical Society’s new exhibit: Loosen Your Corset, Roll Up Your Sleeves: Progressive Era Winnetka: 1890-1920 examines the transformation of a sleepy rural village … Read more ›

Lt. Frank Ebner Gartz
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Words, War, Worry-A Veterans' Day Remembrance

Sixty-eight years ago, on November 11, 1943, my grandmother penned a letter to her youngest son, training to be a navigator in World War II. … Read more ›


In their own words: TribLocal contributors reflect on 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001, dawned bright and clear, but before the day was out indelible memories had been etched into our collective consciousness. For the 10-year … Read more ›

A Journey In Time
From the community

Township Publishes “A Journey in Time” A Historical Account of New Trier Township

In celebration of New Trier Township’s 160th Anniversary, the Township has published a history booklet that spans from its origins in 1850 to the present … Read more ›

Jack Leonard & Jesse Owens
From the community

The Treasure and the Golf Bag

By Dan LeonardAssistant Golf ProfessionalWinnetka Golf Club The stories my grandfather told had no bounds. In college, he and a priest took a group of … Read more ›

Josh Carl has big plans to make the Joy of the Game huge for local residents while keeping high profile events at the facility. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Sky is the limit for Josh Carl, Joy of the Game

When Josh Carl was a junior basketball star, he brought a lot of joy to Glenbrook North fans when he helped get the Spartans down … Read more ›

From the community

Geoffrey Baer, multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and program host for WTTW Channel 11, to keynote New Trier Township Annual Meeting

The history of the North Shore takes center stage at the New Trier Township Annual Town meeting on April 12th when North Shore native Geoffrey … Read more ›

The former Toddle House Restaurant, 966 Green Bay Road, will likely be demolished this spring. It is the defunct chain's final remaining building in Chicagoland, according to village records. (John P. Huston, Tribune reporter)

Last Chicago-area Toddle House building to be razed

Winnetka’s longest-vacant retail space — a relic of a closed chapter in fast food history — is expected to be demolished this spring. The last … Read more ›