Let's transform Harley Clarke into Evanston's
community lakehouse.

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The what.

Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens (ECLG) will repurpose the Harley Clarke estate and Jens Jensen gardens into Evanston's public lakehouse. Imagine a place to connect and celebrate community through educational and recreational programming. Imagine a world-class setting for inspiring gatherings and events. That's what.


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The why.

The Harley Clarke house and surrounding Jens Jensen gardens are the keystone of the four-part lakefront complex, which includes Noah’s Playground for Everyone, Lighthouse Beach, and the Grosse Point Lighthouse. Sitting at the foot of the Great Lakes, the world's largest fresh-water system, Harley Clarke is an ideal location for hands on environmental education. In restoring and repurposing this local landmark, Evanston has an opportunity to embrace one of the crown jewels of public lakefront property. That's why.


The how.

Through a long-term lease with the City of Evanston, ECLG will repurpose Harley Clarke into an experiential environmental education center that will serve as the Gateway to the Great Lakes. Following models that have proven successful in the Chicagoland area and across the country, we will be financially self-sustaining through a combination of program fees, rentals, grants, and fundraising.