Updated: October 11, 2012 7:28PM
THE ANSEL B. COOK HOUSE AND VICTORIAN MUSEUM: Milwaukee Avenue, between Cook Avenue and Church Street, Libertyville. (847) 362-2330 or libertyvillemundeleinhistoricalsociety.com. The house was built in 1878 by its namesake on the site of the first permanent dwelling in Libertyville. In 2001, the Home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the 1921 facade reconstruction, it is listed as Cook Memorial Library.
THE BUTTON ROOM MUSEUM: 4072 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. (224) 399-9870. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors will be given an opportunity to view beautiful buttons on display and learn more about beautiful objects and historical artifacts. The museum is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic.
FORT HILL HERITAGE MUSEUM: Lion’s Field, 601 E. Noel Drive, Mundelein. (847) 566-8122; www.mundeleinparks.org. The museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Outside, an 1890s caboose takes center stage where visitors can get an up-close, exterior view. Offerings include a host of exhibits, railroad artifacts, a replica 1900s Lake County schoolhouse, Mundelein’s first fire hose cart, 19th-century quilts, photographs and veterans’ uniforms, fashions of various eras, to the oldest item, a 1774 Flintlock musket. Open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. (closed January and February).
GREAT LAKES NAVAL MUSEUM: Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes. (847) 688-3154. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HERITAGE CENTER AND HISTORY MUSEUM: 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. (847) 223-7663. The permanent gallery traces the history of Grayslake. Open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. New art exhibition features works by three local artists through Nov. 3: Charles Oglesby Longabaugh (1884 to 1944), Willadene Nicholas (1910 to 2007) and Jean Korell, a local artist still painting at the age of 95.
HIGHLAND PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 326 Central Ave. (847) 432-7090 or www.highlandparkhistory.com. Special group tours during the week are available upon request. October is John Van Bergen Month. A comprehensive exhibit spanning Van Bergen’s 55-year career will be on display through October. Admission is $5.
LAKE BLUFF HISTORY MUSEUM: 127 Scranton Ave. lakebluffhistory.org. Collection of photographs, documents and memorabilia relating to Lake Bluff are on display. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MOTHER RUDD HOME MUSEUM: 4690 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. http://www.motherrudd.org. The museum, which houses the Warren Township Historical Society, is the oldest structure in Warren Township, built in 1841 as an inn, and one of the oldest structures in Lake County.
THE RAGDALE HOUSE: 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-1063 or www.ragdale.org. Re-opened after a year-long restoration, which has returned the historic structure to its 1926 elegance. Ragdale House was built in 1897 by Howard Van Doren Shaw, noted architect in the English Arts and Crafts tradition, built Ragdale House in 1897 as his Lake Forest summer home.
WAUKEGAN HISTORY MUSEUM: Bowen Park, 1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. (847) 336-1859; www.waukeganhistorical.org. Waukegan-themed exhibits are dispersed throughout the house museum, which portrays life in Waukegan during the late Victorian period. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.
CITADEL THEATRE: Lake Forest High School West Campus Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road. (847) 735-8554 or www.citadeltheatre.org. Season opener, Jerry Sterner’s “Other People’s Money,” will be performed through Oct. 28 with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There will also be special Wednesday matinees at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17. Tickets are $35 for Thursday or Sunday performances, $37.50 Friday or Saturday.
MARRIOTT THEATRE: Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com. “Dreamgirls” will be performed through Oct. 28. Follow the rags to riches story of a female 1960s Motown group from Chicago, “The Dreams.” Tickets are $40-48, and dinner and theater special is available on Wednesday and Thursday evening for $55.
ST. LAWRENCE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 125 W. Church St., Libertvyille. (847) 708-8880 or www.encoretheatre.net. Jr. Encore Theatre kicks off its 15th anniversary season with “The Sound of Music” Oct. 12-14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.