The historic Grosse Point Light is located in Evanston, Illinois. Following several shipping disasters near Evanston, residents successfully lobbied the federal government for a lighthouse. Construction was completed in 1873. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 1976. On 20 January 1999, the lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark. It is maintained under the jurisdiction of the Evanston Lighthouse Park District, an independent taxing authority.
While the grounds of Grosse Point Lighthouse National Landmark are open to the public free of charge year-round, tours of the lighthouse are held seasonally due to weather conditions. Weather permitting, specially arranged group tours of the lighthouse during the week can be made from mid-May through September. The District also conducts regularly scheduled tours of the lighthouse June through September, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 - 3 - 4 P.M. The facility is closed Independence Day and Labor Day holiday weekends. As part of the tour, visitors get a chance to climb the 141- steps to the top of the light tower.
PLEASE NOTE: For reasons of safety, by order of the Evanston Fire Marshall, there is a twelve-person limit on each tour and children under eight years of age are not permitted. Visitors are admitted on a first come basis. Access to the light tower is sometimes discontinued during extreme weather conditions or renovation work.