Photo of the Willard surrey with John the Temperance Horse

Front view of the Willard House, ca. 1890


The Willard House is open every Sunday (March-December) except on holiday weekends. Tours last about forty-five minutes and take place at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

We also offer abbreviated lunch-time tours on the third Thursday of the month during our regular season, 12:15-12:45.  These half hour, half price ($5.00) tours include the recently restored four rooms on the main level and our revamped Annex.

Special tours are available upon request. Please email us at for more information about tours or to schedule a special tour.

Admission Fees

General Admission: $10.00
Children 6-12: $5.00  (under 6 are free)

FWHM and WCTU members: No charge

Groups of eight or more: $5.00

Please consider joining as a member, or making a donation to support the work of the Frances Willard House Museum and Willard Library and Archives.


The Frances Willard House is not currently accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs. We will be happy to make information on the house available to those with difficulty gaining access.

Office Hours

The Frances Willard House Museum is staffed on a part-time basis. Office hours are generally each Thursday between 9 am and 3 pm.


The Frances Willard House Museum and Willard Memorial Library and Archives is located at 1730 Chicago Avenue  in Evanston (between Clark Street and Church Street), 1/2 block north of the downtown area and 1/2 block south of Northwestern University.

Please note:  The Library and Archives is located in a 3-story red brick building directly behind Willard House.


By Car

From the north: Take Sheridan Road to where it intersects with Chicago Ave., by the Northwestern Arch.  Keep right to take Chicago Ave., and proceed 1.5 blocks.  The house will be on your right.

From the south: Take Sheridan Road (via Lake Shore Drive) to Clark St., just south of the Northwestern University Campus.  Turn onto Clark and proceed two blocks to Chicago Ave., then make a left.  The house will be on your right.

From the west: Take Dempster St. to Chicago Ave. Turn left and proceed on Chicago Ave. for five blocks.  The museum will be on your left.

Parking: Metered parking is available on the street. There is also a municipal parking lot immediately south of us (access via alleyway 1/2 block west of Chicago Avenue via Church Street or Clark Street) or  you may use the municipal parking structure across the street with entrances on Church and Clark.

By Public Transit

By Bus: Take the Evanston Bus 201 from the Davis Street CTA/Metra Station.

By Train: Take the CTA “L” Purple line or the Union Pacific North Line to the Davis Street Station and walk East to Chicago Avenue and turn North 1/2 block.

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