Local Points of Interest in Berwyn

Looking for something to do? There is much to explore (safely, of course!) in our fair City. Give some of Berwyn’s local points of interest a visit! Check out some public art, catch a virtual show, take a peaceful stroll through the garden, find your next read, and more!
Located at Berwyn North School Dist 98 | 6633 W 16th St
Located at the Berwyn Historical Society | 1401 S Grove Ave

Berwyn Free Little Libraries

Various locations. Visit littlefreelibrary.org to find one near you.

The Berwyn community has access to those wonderful adventures we call books. Free Little Libraries are located all throughout Berwyn, with books for any age or reading level, both in English and Spanish. Many Little Libraries are brought to the community by the Berwyn Free Library Initiative.

Located at Jefferson Elementary School | 7035 W 16th St

16th Street Theater

6420 W 16th St | Berwyn

(708) 795-6704 | 16thstreettheater.org

Berwyn’s only professional theater is dedicated to diversity and excellence. 16th Street Theater creates productions with the purpose of engaging the community in discussion, debate, and compassion. Founded in 2007, the theater is a program of the North Berwyn Park District. Beyond stunning and well-received productions, they  also offer classes for kids, teens, and adults to further artistry and creativity in our community. All classes are now online and low cost to free! Productions are also virtual. Visit their website for a full schedule and to reserve tickets.

Spring 2019 Youth Class “Let’s Put on a Play!”
Photo by Anthony Aicardi. (L to R): Juan Gonzalez Machain as Tomas & Claudia Quesada as Anita with Carolers Ramon Smith, Steph Losada Vondell & Isaly Viana looking on from A XMAS CUENTO REMIX by Maya-Malan Gonzalez
Photo by Anthony Aicardi. (L to R): Satya Chavez as Dolores, Isaly Viana as Sol (Spirit of Xmas Past), Claudia Quesada as Anita, Juan Munoz and Veronica Gutierrez as kids Dominique and Gina from A XMAS CUENTO REMIX by Maya-Malan Gonzalez

Free Little Library at Berwyn Historical Society

Berwyn Historical Society

1401 S Grove Ave | Berwyn

(708) 484-0020 | berwynhistoricalsociety.org

The Berwyn Historical Society is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation, protection, and promotion of Berwyn’s historic architecture and resources through advocacy and education. Forty years ago, the Berwyn Historical Society was founded in an effort to preserve the Berwyn train station. Since then, they’ve added to their mission, organizing the annual Berwyn Bungalows and More Tour. This popular tour showcases houses and historical sites in the Historic Berwyn Depot District. One stop on the route is, not surprisingly, the Berwyn train station. Tourgoers have a chance to see and learn the history of a broad range of homes as well as some notable commercial buildings. If you’re looking for information about the history of Berwyn, this is the place to start.

Hours and availability may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call (708) 484-0020 to check hours and availability.

Annual Bungalows & More Tour
Berwyn bungalow
Annual Bungalows & More Tour
Located at Jefferson Elementary School | 7035 W 16th St
Karasek Park | 6844 W Windsor Ave

Local Public Art

Berwyn is home to many public indoor and outdoor art projects funded by several art initiatives and grants. It all began with “The Picnic,” a mural painted in 1942 inside the Berwyn Post Office as part of FDR’s New Deal Public Works program.  In the nearly 60 years since, Berwyn has continued to  incorporate art across the city. The Depot District is home to a series of public murals made possible by the Berwyn Public Art Initiative, both on buildings and freestanding from Harlem Ave to Ridgeland Ave. Not to mention our public school buildings featuring murals for everyone to enjoy.  Visit their website to view a map of mural/sculpture locations and artists and plan your own public art tour!

Mural installations by the Berwyn Public Art Initiative along BNSF Metra tracks
Sculpture art installations by the Berwyn Public Art Initiative along BNSF Metra tracks
Located at Prairie Oak Elementary School | 1427 S Oak Park Ave

Proksa Park Children’s Garden

3001 S Wisconsin Ave | Berwyn

(708) 795-2892 | berwynparks.org/parks/proksa.php

Proksa Park is the Berwyn Park District’s largest park. It features the Proksa Park Children’s Garden, a charming spot aiming to help educate the community in creating lifelong healthy habits, a love and enjoyment of nature, and to work towards building a sense of social responsibility within the Berwyn community. A 2020 Berwyn Development Corporation grant awarded to revitalize the Children’s Garden will help make it an accessible and welcoming space for more of Berwyn’s children and families.