Crystal Lake Park District Colonel Palmer House Offers Chess Exhibitions

Mon February 22, 2021

Ready to be challenged? Before “The Queen’s Gambit” was a hit television series, the King’s Gambit was all the rage on chessboards throughout the world in 1858.


Stop by Colonel Palmer House (660 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake) and play chess against Gustavus Palmer! We will also show you other 1800s parlor games!


Drop-In Chess Exhibitions

Drop in dates: Mar 6, 13, 20, 11 am-3 pm

Free. Learn about chess history, how chess was played, and how people entertained themselves and their guests in 1858.

Simultaneous Chess Exhibition

Sat, Mar 27, 11 am-2 pm

Free but advance registration is still required for the Mar 27 Simultaneous Chess Exhibition

More info and link to registration for the Simultaneous Chess Exhibition on page 27 of the digital guide at


Questions: contact Ben Johnson at