Photo of the Willard surrey with John the Temperance Horse

Front view of the Willard House, ca. 1890


The Willard House has re-opened and will be open every Sunday (March-December) except on holiday weekends. Tour hours are from 1-4 pm and tours take place at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

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 (12 years of age and under): $5.00

FWHA and WCTU members: No charge

Groups of eight or more: $5.00

Your admission fees go toward the preservation and restoration of this historic home. Please consider joining as a member, or making a donation to support the work of the Frances Willard Historical Association.


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 Historical Association is staffed on a part-time basis. Office hours are each Thursday between 9 am and 3 pm.


The Frances Willard House Museum 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 Frances E. Willard Memorial Library and Archives is located in a 3-story red brick building 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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