MPHS Housewalk Celebrates 27 Years


405smainwsWhen the Mount Prospect Historical Society Housewalk kicks off on Friday, Dec. 5, it will be the 27th time that the Society has raised money by coordinating a tour of private homes, both historic and modern, allowing people to see inside the homes they have driven past and wondered about for years.

This year’s tour will highlight Mount Prospect’s historic Prospect Park and Prospect Highlands subdivisions, just south of the S-curve on Route 83, and will run from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Dec. 5.

The interiors of five private homes will be featured.  The exteriors of four other homes will also be highlighted.

509smainwsThe homes featured this year, both inside and outside, are: 401 S. Main St., owned by Rick and Caren Schmehl; 404 S. Main St., owned by Robert and Amy Cimarusti; 409 S. Main St., owned by Joshua and Karen Hess; 419 S. Main St., owned by Kevin and Cecilia McTigue; and 514 S. Emerson St., owned by Mark and Karen Ackermann.

The exteriors of 405 S. Main St., 502 S. Main St., 509 S. Main St. and 506 S. Emerson St. will also be highlighted with historical notes featured on lighted outdoor podiums.

506semersonwsNon-refundable tickets will be on sale for $25 each through Dec. 4 at First Merit Bank, 50 N. Main St.; Mount Prospect State Bank, 299 W. Central Rd.; Busse Flowers and Gifts, 100 E. Northwest Hwy.; River Trails’ Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.; Lions Park Recreation Center, 411 S. Maple St.; Millie’s Hallmark, 1024 S. Elmhurst Rd.; Dave’s Specialty Foods, 105 W. Prospect Ave.; and the Dietrich Friedrichs House museum, 101 S. Maple St.

Tickets are also available through PayPal at  Those tickets can be picked up at a “will call” desk located at the church during the walk.

Last-minute decision-makers may also purchase tickets on the day of the walk, beginning at 3 p.m. at South Church, but the cost will be $27 per person at that time.

502smainwsThe tour will begin at South Church, 501 S. Emerson St., where refreshments will be offered and watercolors of the featured houses displayed. 

In addition, Lions Park Elementary School third grader Nolan Hahn and his grandmother, Janet Kirch, will be selling their hand-made jewelry in order to raise funds for the restoration of the Society’s 1896 Central School.  Museum store items will also be sold at the Church and the “will call” table for tickets ordered through PayPal will be located there.

Finally, there will be a collection box for the Mount Prospect Public Library’s “Give the Gift of Reading” program.  They are asking tour-goers to bring along new, unwrapped books for local children in need, ages 6 and younger.  Donations of books in English and Spanish will be greatly appreciated.

Since it began in 1988, the interiors of a total of 133 homes have been featured on the annual tour, earning over $220,000 for the Society.

But it has certainly not remained static over the years.  The holiday Housewalk has evolved from a Sunday afternoon driving tour highlighting homes all over the Village, to a Friday night neighborhood-specific walking tour.  And the evening’s/afternoon’s festivities have begun in such diverse locations as local churches, the Mount Prospect train station, a local bank and heated tents depending on the neighborhood featured.

So, on Dec. 5 five more homes will join the ranks of Mount Prospect Housewalk homes.  And both ardent long-time Housewalk fans, and those who have never had the pleasure of touring local homes in the past, will enjoy an evening of holiday décor, lovely historic homes with great decorating and luminaria-lit streets.  It is an evening that will have you, too, coming back year after year as a way to kick off your holidays while peeking into great local homes.

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