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Mt. Prospect Holiday House Walk — Friday December 5th, 2014


Do not miss the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 27th annual Holiday Housewalk.

Friday, December 5th,  3:30 to 9 p.m.

The interiors of five private homes, built between 1930 and 1948 will be featured on tour this year.  The exterior of four other historic homes will also be highlighted. 

All of the homes are exciting to walk through, it may be their historic flavor, lovely decorating or the renovations that have been done. As usual, this walking tour will be accented by beautifully-lit luminaria.


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

The tour will begin at SouthChurch, 501 S. Emerson Street, where refreshments will be offered and watercolors of the featured houses displayed.  Museum store items will also be sold there. The “will call” table for tickets ordered through PayPal will also be located at the church.

Commentary in the homes will be provided by volunteers from local organizations, schools and the community.  Local florists and homeowners will provide the decorations.  

Tickets will be sold for $25 each through December 4th, 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, 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 on the day of the walk. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the walk, beginning at 3 p.m. at South Church, but the cost will be $27 per person.

The Housewalk is the Society’s largest fund-raiser of the year, it’s proceeds support the many educational endeavors of the Society and help to pay for upkeep on their more than 100-year-old museum.  We urge you to support their effort to preserve local history by enjoying the Housewalk and our other activities throughout the year.

Phone the Society at 847-392-9006 for more information or log onto

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