When the Mount Prospect Historical Society Housewalk kicks off on Friday, Dec. 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 Mount Prospect Country Club and south of Lincoln Street, and will run from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.
The interiors of five private homes will be featured. The exteriors of two other homes will also be highlighted.
The 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 Trail, 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 129 homes have been featured on the 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 trip highlighting homes, to a Friday night neighborhood-specific walking tour. Depending on the neighborhood featured, festivities began in churches, the Mount Prospect train station, a bank or heated tents.
The housewalk's marketing has also grown. Patrons can now purchase Housewalk tickets from homes via PayPal through the society's website www.mtphist.org. Tickets can also be purchased using a smartphone 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 where you can "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.
Both ardent longtime housewalk fans and those new to the experience will enjoy an evening of holiday décor, lovely historic homes along luminaria-lit streets.
For information, log onto www.mtphist.org or phone (847) 392-9006.
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