With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern Illinois Historic League office (who administers the Illinois Historic Group Directory) has made the decision to suspend publication of all Illinois historic groups until further notice while existential reviews of these groups commence and continue. Many museums are closed because of the public health issues, and a number of these will likely not survive the pandemic and its aftermath. The League will continue to work with those groups who are able to provide current and effective mission statements in light of the changing grim realities.


The League will also continue to promote projects and activities that promote local and regional history with its substantial network of historians, colleagues and experts from Illinois and other locations. Contact the League office with the information below if you wish to be included in our peer network.






Mission Statement


To bring history lovers together, and promote Illinois local and regional historic assets.


To increase public awareness in Illinois of the value of these historic assets.


To educate the public on the importance of history, and its continuing relevance for today.



We Graciously Accept Donations to further our mission

(accepted in the name of the Northern Illinois Historic League)


Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties

Illinois Carnegie Library System

Community Areas/Neighborhoods of Chicago

Chicago Place Name Etymologies


Illinois Historic Group Directory Project

Administrator Bill Kenney


1037 Boxwood Dr.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8398

(815) 579-7286




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Source data National Register of Historic Places/Chicago Landmarks custom Northern Illinois presentations Wikipedia

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