The Museums at Lisle Station Park invites families to come to the Museum on the following dates from 10:30-11:30am for a free fun family activity. Activites will vary depending on the theme of the month, are best suited for kids ages 3 -10, and will be held in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot in front of the Beaubien Tavern and at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

Program Co-Hosted By: Lisle Library District

Saturday, November 17 from 10:30-11:30am

  • Autumn Arbor

Learn all about the beautiful trees that led people to call Lisle the Arboretum Village and create your own tree.

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Every Saturday, October 6-27 at 1:00pm
Events will be held in the Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, 921 School Street, Lisle

Free, thought provoking discussions about our regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it. Authors from around Chicagoland will present their books in a fun and informal fashion. Join us for a deep discussion, coffee and refreshments in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot in front of the Beaubien Tavern and at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

Please Note: Program subject to change without notice. Visit the Lisle Library to check out the books featured in this series. Seating is on a first come basis. Admission is FREE and this event is designed for the whole family!

Presenting Sponsors: The Museums at Lisle Station Park and The Lisle Park District
Thank You To Our Program Partners: Lisle Library District, Lake Claremont Press, Arcadia Press


Saturday, October 6 at 1:00pm

  • “Bensenville” by Jonathan Sebastian

Jonathan Sebastian earned his B.A. in history from Judson College (now University) and his M.A. in Public History from Loyola University Chicago. Previously, he was an adjunct professor of history at Judson University and currently is the curator of the Fischer Farm historic site in Bensenville, Illinois.

Bensenville is more than just the neighbor of O’Hare Airport. This town was established by a group of devout Lutherans and by the time of its incorporation in 1884, was a vibrant community. The settlers had established dairy farms meeting the growing need for these products in the city of Chicago. The village responded to changing needs over the course of the twentieth century and is home to many industries and commercial businesses.

Wrigley Field's Amazing Vendors'

Saturday, October 13 at 1:00pm

  • “Wrigley Field's Amazing Vendors” by Lloyd Rutzky & Joel Levin

Lloyd Rutzky began working at Wrigley Field and for other local venues as a vendor in the seats in 1965 at the age of 17 and has worked over 8,000 events in his ongoing 54-year career. He has taken over 2,000 photographs of his co-workers. Co-Author Joel Levin is a life-long Chicago resident. He was a ball-park vendor at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park for sixteen years. He is a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher.

In 1970, a vendor at Wrigley Field had an amazing idea to turn his personal camera away from the baseball diamond and toward his fellow ballpark hawkers as they went about their daily jobs of selling souvenirs, programs, hot dogs, ice cream, and soft drinks. Along the way, he also captured images of other employees—ushers, security staff, commissary workers, and union officials. The subjects themselves are amazing: a blind Frosty Malt vendor; a singing peanut vendor; a Coca-Cola vendor who went on to become an economic adviser to the president of the United States. Many of the vendors photographed in the 1970s are still in the aisles of Wrigley Field today. Others left for new career opportunities. A few became legends in vending history.

Saturday, October 20 at 1:00pm

  • TBD – Check back for details


West by Southwest to Stickney: Draining the Central Area of Chicago and Exorcising Clout

Saturday, October 27 at 1:00pm

  • “West by Southwest to Stickney: Draining the Central Area of Chicago and Exorcising Clout” by Richard Lanyon

Dick Lanyon, retired Executive Director of the Water Reclamation District, was born, bred and educated in Chicago and has acquired a wealth of knowledge of public works water issues in the region.

Dick's book describes improvement of the Chicago River, South Branch, South Fork, Sanitary and Ship Canal; construction of the Sanitary and Ship Canal extension and powerhouse at Lockport, and the Chicago River lock; and explains how sewers discharging to the lake were stopped, the sewer system was built out, and sewage treatment was implemented. In addition, he details the plans for and current status of flood control, stormwater management and deep tunnels. Post World War II scandals led to a clean up in the governance by an outside reformer.

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Games and Grub

Saturday, October 27, 4:00-7:00pm

$35 per person / $60 per couple

The Museums at Lisle Station Park in collaboration with Alter Brewing in Downers Grove invite you to this exclusive 21+ Halloween event at the museum campus, 921 School Street in Lisle.

Proceeds will support the Museum’s mission to preserve & interpret Lisle’s dynamic history.


  • Play classic games from our artifact collections, like Game of Lisle
  • Free sample of Next Stop Wet Hop IPA, a brand new brew made with hops from our Four-Square Garden by Alter Brewing Company
  • Free commemorative glass honoring our new brew collaboration with Alter Brewing included with your sample
  • Food & 2 drink tickets included (tickets for alcoholic drinks, all non-alcoholic drinks included)
  • Costumes encouraged

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Ages 21 & Up* – What better way to honor the dead for All Hallow's Eve than bringing Game Night to the oldest tavern, farmhouse, and depot in town! Wear your Halloween or themed costume and join us for food, drinks, and games. Play classics like Checkers & Dominos, try your hand at a few rounds of cards in the Tavern, or enjoy a game from our artifacts collection, like Game of Lisle and our 1950's Ouija board, the Mystic Tray. We will be featuring a brand new brew from Alter Brewing> in Downers Grove made with hops picked from our very own Four-Square Garden. You'll get a free commemorative glass honoring our new collaboration with your sample! Chat with the brewmasters at Alter to discover how this unique, local beer came to fruition in the kettles at their brewery.

*Must show valid ID for entry.

Questions about the event? Contact the museum at 630-968-0499 or

Once Upon A Christmas

Free Old Fashioned Holiday Fun for the Whole Family!

Saturday, December 1 from 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 2 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

This free event has become a holiday tradition in Lisle featuring old-fashioned holiday fun for the entire family! Stop by to see blacksmith, ice carving and baking demonstrations; visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the historic Lisle Depot; and visit live reindeer on Sunday! Join us for these, and even more exciting activities as we celebrate Christmas in Lisle! All ages are welcome!

The Museum is located at 921 School Street in Lisle.

FREE PARKING is available at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

EVENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Lights of Lisle, Lisle Santa Train, Santa Light Parade

Once Upon A Christmas Reindeer

Event Features:

  • Visit Live Reindeer on Sunday
  • Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Brick Oven Baking
  • Blacksmithing
  • Santa Parade
  • Holiday Wagon & Trolley Rides
  • Ice Carving Demonstration
  • Live Holiday Entertainment
  • Lights of Lisle
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 1 from 3:00 - 8:00pm

3:00pm-8:00pm - Once Upon a Christmas at the Museums at Lisle Station Park
Holiday celebration featuring a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Depot, brick oven baking, holiday wagon & trolley rides, blacksmith & ice carving demonstrations, model railroad trains on display, carolers, holiday snacks, crafts, music, and more!

3:00-8:00pm - Holiday Market & Food Trucks
Purchase food to enjoy offered by food truck vendors and shop for holiday gifts and festive crafts provided by a variety of vendors in a heated tent. 3:30-6:00pm - Live Holiday Entertainment
Live Holiday entertainment in the Lisle Village Hall Board room.

4:30pm - Santa Light Parade
Watch as Santa arrives downtown accompanied by the Lisle Junior High School Band amid twinkling lights. The parade travels south on Main Street from Ogden Avenue, along Burlington Avenue to Village Hall and then Santa continues to the Depot Museum on the museum campus to visit with children.

5:00-6:00pm - Ice Carving Demonstration
See ice transform into a beautiful sculpture at on the museum grounds near the Depot Museum.

5:00-7:00pm - Free Holiday Trolley Rides
Travel through Downtown Lisle to view the festive shops and decorations and Prairie Walk Pond to view the luminarias.

Dusk - Lights of Lisle
Be awed as thousands of luminarias line the Downtown streets and Prairie Walk Pond.

6:00pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony
Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the newly planted spruce tree at Village Hall and watch it grow each season. Caroling and music will follow in the Board Room performed by the Lisle Community Band. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate in the Village Hall lobby.

Sunday, December 2 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm - Visit from Santa & His Reindeer!
The hay wagon will collect riders on the Lisle Santa Train and deliver them to the museum campus. Once Upon a Christmas festivities continue including hayrides, brick oven baking, holiday snacks, blacksmithing, model railroad trains, children's crafts, music, and Christmas tree displays. Meet Santa & his live reindeer at the Depot Museum!

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