Newspapers in Wilmette
Wilmette Newspapers

Much of the history of Wilmette is documented in the pages of its local newspapers. Wilmette Public Library has microfilm copies of several local newspapers including Evanston Press (1890-1902), The Local News (1891-1916), Lake Shore News (1912-1923) and Wilmette Life (1923-current year).

The oldest newspapers are rarely complete runs. The surviving issues of The Local News and Lake Shore News have been digitized, and can be searched and viewed on this website. Click on the "details" link below the image of the newspaper to view a calendar with links to the issues.

News articles about Wilmette published in Wilmette Life have been indexed from 1991-2012. The index is available on this website, but because of copyright restrictions, most of the articles can only be viewed in the Library on microfilm. A few special issues, old enough to be in the public domain, have been digitized and are available on this website. Click on the "details" link below the image of the Wilmette Life to view these special issues.

Wilmette Life issues from 2008-2012 have been digitized in color from the original newspapers. These color PDFs can be searched full-text, printed, or downloaded to a flash drive from a work station in the Library. Older issues are available on microfilm.

If you can't come to Wilmette Public Library, ask your local librarian to borrow microfilms from the Illinois State Library for use at your home library.

Click "details" under the images to search
Local News
Local News Details
Lake Shore News
Lake Shore News Details
Wilmette Life
Wilmette Life Details
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