Winnetka Community House is a unique non-profit on Chicago’s North Shore that has played a special role in the community for over a century. Founded in 1911, the mission of the WCH is to enrich the lives of North Shore residents, their families, and friends by providing educational, cultural, social and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. In addition to classes, programs, and special events for every member of the family, the WCH has a full-service Fitness Centre and full gymnasium available to users. Theater and dance productions are held year-round in historic Matz Hall thanks to groups like the Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, and Village Follies. The facility also plays host to weddings, business meetings, birthday parties, family reunions and religious parties and events as well as housing some of the North Shore’s key non-profit organizations such as the North Shore Art League, Junior League of Evanston – North Shore, the Winnetka Youth Organization, the Winnetka Club, and Winnetka Community Nursery School.

This privately supported unique facility does not receive tax dollars.


Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Inclement Weather:

January 19, 2019

Due to today’s weather conditions, the following classes will be closed. Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance. Thank you for your understanding. Stay warm.

Emergency Closings

The Winnetka Community House endeavors to keep its facilities and programs operating whenever possible. There are times, however, when weather, road conditions or facility malfunctions dictate that programs and services must be canceled or temporarily postponed or entire facilities closed. To provide employees and patrons with a safe and secure environment in which to work and play, the Winnetka Community House reserves the right to close a particular facility or cancel a program when deemed necessary.

Inclement Weather Policy

If school District 36 cancels classes for the entire day, all Winnetka Community House children’s programs (including Free-To-Be-Kids childcare) starting before 12noon will be canceled.  Decisions on all adult programs and children’s programs starting after 12-noon will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Please check www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org for complete details on class cancellations.