Labor Day marked the official conclusion of the 27th annual Chicago's Finest Painted Ladies & Her Court competition, sponsored by the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association.
This unusual beautification project for homes originated in Chicago and has received national attention. Several former award-winning houses have been featured in the book "Painted Ladies, U.S.A." by Larsen & Pomada.
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Homes, businesses and other painted structures are considered for the contest. The style, size or age of the property is not a factor in selecting winners. The contest is open to homes and commercial properties all over the Chicago area.
The entries were judged not only on the beauty of the craftsmanship of the paint application, but how well they compliment the structure. The grand prize winner, the Wing Mansion in Elgin, was selected for the category of Best Use of Bold Colors.
"Our contest goes beyond just traditional Painted Ladies," said Bill Heiden, publicity committee chairman, who works with a team of judges to select winners. "The economy continues to challenge economic growth and the housing market, but paint and painting is one of the most affordable ways to improve and accent a home or business appearance dollar for dollar."
Winners were honored at an awards dinner on Oct. 24 at Maggiano's in Schaumburg to commemorate their achievements. This year's celebration also featured Peggy J. Van Allen of Color Marketing & Design, who spoke on color and design trends and how consumers are using social media and consumer tools for inspiration.
For more information, contact the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association at www.chicagopaint.org, by calling (847) 240-0102 or writing CPCA, 1701 Woodfield Road Suite 205, Schaumburg, IL 60173.