Tour Century-Old Chicago-Area Homes for a Cause

October 04, 2011

On Tuesday, you can take a look inside some historic homes in an affluent Chicago suburb for charity.

The Church of the Holy Comforter is hosting its 57th annual Housewalk, “Home for the Holidays,” a tour of four century-old homes in Kenilworth to raise money for local and global charities.

Along the tour you’ll see:

*A home on the National Historic Registry of Homes that was designed in 1895 by Franklin Burnham, who designed many local houses and the Kenilworth train station.

*A residence designed by Daniel Burnham, who helped create the master plan for the development of Chicago, who planned the 1893 World’s Fair and who designed several famous buildings including the Rookery Building and the Marshall Field’s store on State Street.

*A five-bedroom, six-bath home designed by Richard E. Schmidt in 1911 for $15,000 that has been completely restored.

*A 100-year-old beauty that underwent a major renovation in 2001 to create a home with old charm and modern comforts.

The fundraiser will also include a Boutique and Food Emporium where you can find holiday gifts, jewelry and many food items for sale.

Tickets are $50 for the Housewalk and Boutique; you can also purchase lunch for $15.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will support local and global charities, including Connections for the Homeless, A Just Harvest Soup Kitchen, Primo Center for Women and Children and Global Alliance for Africa.

What: Home for the Holidays Housewalk and Boutique

When: Wednesday, October 5; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth

Tickets: $50 for the Housewalk and Boutique; $15 for lunch

Visit: holycomforter.org or call (847) 251-6120 for more information or to purchase tickets

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