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 4-10, 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 Public Library

Saturday, October 21 from 10:30-11:30am

  • Fun With Art

See paintings from local artist John Phillips, then create your own amazing work of art.

Saturday, November 18 from 10:30-11:30am

  • Weaving Looms

Join us as we weave together Lisle’s history. You’ll learn about how important weaving was to Lisle’s early settlers and will create your own loom.

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


Saturdays, October 7 - 28 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 Public Library, Lake Claremont Press, Arcadia Press

Saturday, October 7 at 1:00pm

  • “The Chronocar” by Steve Bellinger
  • “The Chicago Haymarket Affair” by Joe Rulli

Steve Bellinger is an alum of the Illinois Institute of Technology and writer of "classic" style science fiction short stories, novels and radio drama. Co-presenter Joe Rulli is a transplanted Hoosier since 2006. He is a playwright by passion with "The Chicago Haymarket Affair" as his first publication.

A historian and a science fiction author discus focal points in Chicago history. An Urban Adventure in Time: A time travel story that starts out with the son of a slave (Simmie Johnson) born with the mind of a genius who designs a time machine he cannot build. 125 years later a black IIT student finds the plans and builds a Chronocar and visits Dr. Johnson ont he Southside of Chicago in the year 1919 and gets involved in Chicago's bloodiest race riot.

Saturday, October 14 at 1:00pm

  • “Chicago Bound” by Sandy Colbert
  • “Slaughterhouse” by Dominic Pacyga

Sandra Colbert is a resident of Rockford, but born and raised in Chicago's Back of the Yards area. Her life is shared with her husband, Steve, and pets. Dominic Pacyga was raised in the Back of the Yards and worked as a young man in the Union Stockyard. He received his Ph. D. in 1981 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and taught at Columbia College for 37 years.

History Double Feature: Chicago Bound is a collection of short stories that take place in the Chicago areas near the stockyards, known as the Back of the Yard and Bridgeport. Slaughterhouse deals with the history of livestock marketing and meatpacking in Chicago. It details the spectacle and the innovation that marked the last 150 years of the square mile.

Saturday, October 21 at 1:00pm

  • “Chicago Trolleys” by David Sadowski

David Sadowski has been interested in streetcars ever since his father took him for a ride on one of the last remaining lines in 1958. He grew up riding trolley buses and “L” trains all over Chicago. He coauthored Chicago Streetcar Pictorial: The PCC Car Era, 1936–1958, and runs the online Trolley Dodger blog. Come along for the ride as we travel from one side of the city to the other and see how trolley cars and buses moved Chicago’s millions of hardworking, diverse people.

Chicago’s extensive transit system first started in 1859, when horsecars ran on rails in city streets. Cable cars and electric streetcars came next. Where new trolley car lines were built, people, businesses, and neighborhoods followed. Chicago quickly became a world-class city. At its peak, Chicago had over 3,000 streetcars and 1,000 miles of track—the largest such system in the world. By the 1930s, there were also streamlined trolleys and trolley buses on rubber tires. Some parts of Chicago’s famous “L” system also used trolley wire instead of a third rail. Trolley cars once took people from the Loop to such faraway places as Aurora, Elgin, Milwaukee, and South Bend. A few still run today.

Richard Lanyon - Draining Chicago: The Early City and the North Area

Saturday, October 28 at 1:00pm

  • “Angie of Garfield Farm” by Ann Brack-Johnson

Author Ann Brack is a freelance writer for Chicago area publications, with additional experience in telecommunications. “Angie of Garfield Farm” is her first published novel for young adults and reflects her passion for Garfield Farm Museum and Chicago history.

It is 1847 and nine-year-old Angie Garfield excitedly awaits her first cotillion dance at her parent’s country inn. Yearning to be grown up like her older siblings, she discovers the challenges of responsibility when a dramatic turn of events involving a kidnapping tempers her child’s vision of the world around her.

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

Once Upon A Christmas

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 2 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 3 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!

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