Photo of a Sears home

Hidden in Plain Sight: Sears Homes of Chicagoland

Join Lara Solonickne and explore the world of “kit homes” –  houses sold by mail-order retailers Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, Harris Homes and others. Kit homes were sold out of the pages of catalogs in the early 1900s. Sears alone offered more than 370 designs – everything ranging from Arts and Crafts bungalows to Foursquares to Colonial Revivals. Sears homes came in 30,000-piece kits and were shipped to all 48 states – many in the Midwest. 

Day one (Friday) is the classroom presentation. On day two (Saturday), enjoy a two-mile walk through a nearby neighborhood to discover the kit homes hidden in plain sight in Aurora. 

Friday, April 26, 2019  10 a.m.-Noon  
Aurora Fox Valley Campus, Room 222 
Saturday, April 27, 2019   10 a.m.-Noon 
Nearby neighborhood, address  given Friday at presentation or call Community Education.


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