Chicago Author Series

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

Check back for a complete list of October books and speakers.

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 parlor of 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 & Arcadia Press

Death of the Angels

Saturday, October 19 at 1:00pm

  • “Death of the Angels” by Alex Burkholder

Alex Burkholder completed 46 years in newspaper, broadcast, and TV journalism in Chicago (including WGN Radio-TV and ABC 7). His accumulated knowledge of the fire has made him an expert on the subject.

His book marks the 60th anniversary of the tragic Chicago School Fire. It features interviews with victims not previously available to the public. The book also provides evidence that the fire was the work of a student arsonist.

American Warsaw

Saturday, October 26 at 1:00pm

  • “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Polish Chicago” by Dominic Pacyga
  • “Chicago Bound 2 – Time and Again” by Sandra Colbert

Dominic A. Pacyga is an emeritus professor at Columbia College/Chicago where he taught from 1984 until his retirement in 2017. He is the author or co-author of seven books on Chicago's history.

American Warsaw describes the history of Chicago's Polish American community from its origins in the years before the Civil War to today. It describes the development of a largely peasant and working-class urban immigrant community as it developed over generations and moved largely to the suburbs.

Sandra Colbert is the author of Chicago Bound and the Kate Harrison Mystery series.

Chicago Bound 2 is a collection of short stories that take place in the 'Back of the Yards' area as well as other areas of Chicago, including stories in different decades and from different viewpoints, several of which are tied to the ethnic cultures of Chicago.

Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or

Games and Grub

Saturday, October 26 from 5:00-8:00pm
The Museums at Lisle Station Park - 921 School St., Lisle
Recommended Ages 13 & Up

$12 Friends of the Museum   |   $15 Pre-Registered by 10/23  
Price includes refreshments, non-alcoholic beverages & 1 drink ticket (21+)

Join us at the museum for games, grub and a behind-the-scenes look with West Suburban Paranormal Investigators!

Come dressed in your halloween costume for a spooktacular evening at the museum. Join us as we celebrate our anniversary with games, grub and more!

You've seen them on TV - come see how they do it! West Suburban Paranormal Investigators will make a special appearance to provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of the methods and gear used by paranormal investigators.


  • Social Hour
  • Light Refreshements (Beer & Wine Available for Purchase)
  • Play Board Games from our Artifact Collections
  • Crafting Demonstrations
  • Costumes strongly encouraged


  • Presentation by West Suburban Paranormal Investigators (WSPI)


  • Meet & Greet with West Suburban Paranormal Investigators (WSPI)
  • Tour the Museum Grounds

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

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

Chicago Author Series

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 Museum.

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 16 from 10:30-11:30am

  • Excellent X-Rays

Come by for a special Kids Time hosted by KIDS Urgent Care of Wheaton. We will learn all about x-rays and germs, then we will make a craft. Be sure to stick around for story-time with the Lisle Library District.

Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or

Once Upon A Christmas

Free Old Fashioned Holiday Fun for the Whole Family!

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 Rides
  • Ice Carving Demonstration
  • Live Holiday Entertainment
  • Lights of Lisle
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Lisle Santa Train on Sunday

Saturday, December 7 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 8 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm - Visit from Santa & His Reindeer!
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!

Lisle Santa Train
On Sunday, December 8, enjoy a roundtrip from the Lisle Train Station to the North Pole (Chicago). Select either the 9:45am train or 1:45pm train option when purchasing your tickets. Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Cinderella, Fiona, Elsa and other costumed characters, including the engineer and conductor. Families sing Christmas carols, receive candy canes and a bell from Santa's reindeer harness. And of course, each child gets to visit with Santa. Before or after the train, visit the Once Upon a Christmas celebration at the Museums of Lisle Station Park, located behind Village Hall, which has free admission and family-friendly activities. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased in advance.

To purchase tickets for the Santa Train, follow instructions below:

Purchase Tickets

  • Click purchase tickets link above
  • Click 'register' icon
  • Click 'Santa Train' on left column
  • Select your train ticket time of 9:15am (train departs at 9:45am) or 1:15pm (train departs at 1:45pm)
  • Register and purchase
  • The receipt with barcode is your ticket confirmation. Bring your receipt to check in at time of boarding

Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or