Purchase Your Housewalk Tickets


When the Mount Prospect Historical Society Housewalk kicks off on Friday, December 6, it will be the 26th 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 Country Club subdivision, just east of the Mt. Prospect Country Club and south of Lincoln Street, and will run from 3:30 to 9 p.m., December 6.

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

SteinkuehlerThe homes featured this year, both inside and outside, are: 502 S. Wa-Pella Ave., owned by Jeff and Julie LaCamera; 406 S. Wa-Pella Ave., owned by the Robert Moats Family; 501 W. Lincoln Ave., owned by George and Nancy Vincent; 407 S. Hi-Lusi Ave., owned by Edward and Laura Wiertel; and 405 W. Sha-Bonee Tr., owned by Rick and Hanna Steinkuehler.

The exteriors of 415 S. Wa-Pella Ave. and 417 S. Hi-Lusi Ave. will also be highlighted with historical notes featured on a lighted podium.

Since it began in 1988, the interiors of a total of 129 homes have been featured on the annual tour, raising over $200,000 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.

The Housewalk’s marketing has also evolved, entering the 21st century with a vengeance. Patrons can now purchase Housewalk tickets from the comfort of their own homes via PayPal through the Society’s website (www.mtphist.org).

Tickets can also be purchased using a smart phone equipped with a “QR (quick response) code” reader anywhere you see a Housewalk event poster. Using a QR code reader to scan this object, you will be taken directly to the Housewalk event/ticket purchase webpage.

Finally, the Housewalk has its own Facebook event page. Connect to the event through the Society’s fan page, “join” the event and forward the invite to your Facebook friends. This is also a great way to get up-to-the-minute information, news and tidbits about the event.

So, on December 6 four more homes will join the ranks of Mount Prospect Housewalk homes (since one of the featured homes this year has been on the walk in the past). 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.

For more information, phone 847/392-9006.


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