Photo of the Willard surrey with John the Temperance Horse

Front view of the Willard House, ca. 1890


Tours are available by reservation only. Thursday and Sunday afternoons are preferred, but there is some scheduling flexibility. Visitors should request a tour at least 48 hours in advance using our online reservation form or by calling (847) 328-7500. Payment must be made online or over the phone once the tour day and time has been confirmed.

Please note that health and safety measures will be in place. At this time, tour groups will be limited to 5 visitors, and no children under 12 years old will be admitted. Visitors and staff must wear masks, practice social distancing, and stay home if not well.

For information about research visits, please see Library and Archives.

Do Everything Tours on September 28

Although the Frances Willard House Museum is best known as the private home of its most famous resident, the house was also a unique site for women’s work. This year the Frances Willard House Museum is exploring Willard’s Do Everything leadership model by looking closely at the way women activists like Willard accomplished their work through connection, collaboration, and organization. On Tuesday September 28 – Frances Willard’s birthday – dig into the history and significance of women’s work at the Willard House by taking a special Do Everything tour. Tours will be held at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm and are available by reservation only.

Admission Fees

General Admission: $15.00
Admission is free for students at all levels.


The Frances Willard House Museum and the Frances E. Willard Memorial Library and WCTU 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 (see map below).

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


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 garage across the street with entrances on Church and Clark.

We also have bicycle parking available behind the house museum.


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.

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.


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. A Visual Guide to the house is available via email and for use on site. Contact for more information.

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