• Gatto's
  • Wine Cellar
  • Giordano's
  • Tivoli
  • My Special Toy Store
  • Gilbert Park
  • Peets
  • Scoobys
  • Starbucks
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The Tivoli Tour event is officially sold out.

If you wish to be put on our waitlist then send us an email
at info@downersgrovehistory.org with the following information.

(1) Name (2) Number of Tickets (3) Member or Non Member



Listen, Watch, & Learn About The Famed Tivoli


Come experience what it was like when the Tivoli Theatre first opened its doors in 1928! The Downers Grove Historical Society is offering this rare opportunity for you to hear the famed Wurlitzer organ and watch the classic silent Buster Keaton short film Sherlock Jr. You will also hear about the building’s history from owner Willis Johnson and go on a behind the curtain tour which will include exploring a secret passageway that leads to the Tivoli Bowl.

Drinks and concessions will be available for purchase. There are a very limited number of tickets for this special evening so act now before this event becomes history.



Carol Wandschneider 
August 20, 1944 – January 5, 2020

The Downers Grove Historical Society is sad to announce the passing of historian and long time board member Carol Wandschneider.

Carol dedicated many years of volunteer time researching, archiving, sharing, and preserving Downers Grove history.   Through her efforts and her devotion to Downers Grove,  more of our history has been researched, categorized, archived,  and preserved for future generations.  

Her accomplishments are numerous, including being named Du Page County Historian of the Year by the Du Page County Historical Society in 2015 , Volunteer of the Year in 2015 for the Downers Grove Museum, and the 2017 Historian of the Year for the Downers Grove Historical Society. 

She served on the Boards of the Downers Grove Historical Society, The Oak Hill/Oak Crest Cemetery Foundation, The Huguenot Society of Illinois and as a member of the Downers Grove Chapter – Daughters of the American Revolution, she served as the Regent four years. She also was co-chair of the Archive Committee at St. Andrew’s Church.  

Carol’s devotion to and knowledge of Downers Grove will be deeply missed and her valued efforts to research and preserve Downer’s Grove’s history will be appreciated for generations to come. 

Carol's family is planning a memorial for sometime this Spring and we'll be sure to share that information when we receive it.


We are dedicated to the history and heritage of Downers Grove, Illinois

The Downers Grove Historical Society is an independent, non-profit volunteer organization which was incorporated in 1968. We are dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations by preserving and promoting the heritage of Downers Grove. We seek to foster an understanding, awareness, and appreciation of our town's history and architecture through education, community programs, publications, and acknowledgement of historic sites. We rely solely on public support to continue these efforts.

We are dedicated to the history and heritage of Downers Grove, Illinois



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When you become a member of the Downers Grove Historical Society, you join those who are supporting the efforts to preserve, protect and share our rich heritage. Your membership supports a vital cultural resource and preserves our town's history - now, and for future generations.