The History of Michigan Shores Club

Experience the Tradition of Excellence


Michigan Shores Club is part of a long and rich history, preserved in the elegance of its architecture and ambiance and its traditions carried through its members.

Nestled along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan in Wilmette, Michigan Shores is a second home to its members. The Club can trace its beginnings to 1897, when Wilmette's first social club, The Ouillmette Country Club, was founded.

The Ouillmette Club merged with the Century Club of Evanston in 1927 to form the Shawnee Country Club. Based on the renderings of the famous architect and civic planner, Daniel Burnham, the Shawnee Club expanded in 1929. This expansion afforded the opportunity for the Clubhouse to showcase the Tudor style that has been preserved throughout the entire Club.

During the Great Depression, a group led by President Wayne Bellows and W. Clement Stone revitalized the Club. What emerged from this transformation is the Club that we know today: Michigan Shores Club. After a century of memories and celebrations, the Club continues to grow and offer its members, old and new, opportunities to share in the tradition that is uniquely Michigan Shores Club.

Membership at Michigan Shores Club

For over a century, Michigan Shores Club has played an important role in the social landscape of the North Shore. A pillar within the community, the lakefront Club is more active than ever with a vibrant and growing membership.

Today, the Club’s facilities include three full-service restaurants, seasonal outdoor dining, four lighted paddle courts, a four lane bowling alley, a 25 yard indoor pool, fitness and wellness center, game room, work and meeting areas, and a library. The Club provides members with an oasis in the midst of their busy lives.

Families, individuals and young professionals are encouraged to apply. Membership must be approved by the Board of Directors.

To learn more about membership with Michigan Shores Club, contact Cody Czmyr, Director of Membership at

We do our utmost to provide you with the very best member experience on the North Shore.

Contact our team today:

Thomas Conroy, CCM
General Manager

Cody A. Czmyr
Director of Communications and Membership

Irene Aceves
Director of Events 

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