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This is one of the six homes to be featured on the House Walk in Western Springs. (Photo provided)

The Western Springs Historical Society offers tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday inside six, specially decorated homes showcasing diverse architectural styles: a Victorian, a remodeled 1960s ranch, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house with a modern West Coast vibe, and residences featuring collections of Americana and European antiques.

The theme of the biennial House Walk is "Elegant by Design," with florists and tablescape artists sharing their creative touches for added visual excitement.

The homes

• Woodland Avenue – Victorian period home

• Woodland Avenue – Remodeled 1960s ranch

• Linden Avenue – New-construction traditional

• Lawn Avenue – Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired with modern interiors

• Ellington Avenue – Transitional cottage style home

• Grand Avenue – Georgian-style home with European decorative influences

 Local florists and tablescapers will team up to design both indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces for the day. The following individuals and companies are donating their time and talent.


Stems & Twigs,   

Hinsdale Flower Shop,

Jane’s Blue Iris,   


Sweet Pea,   

The English Garden Flower Shop,

Mary Anne Herring,

Amy Gaskey Design

Becky Mavon

Sheryl Allen, Sue Lockie, Lisa Wennerstrum

Carol King, Paula Buttel,

Teresa Stevens,

Tickets for the biennial event are available online at for $30 per person before May 19, and $35 the day of the event. Additionally, tickets can be purchased at the following select locations:

Western Springs:

Clever Girl,   

Recreation Center,

Thomas Ford Library,

Tower Museum,


Jane’s Blue Iris,


La Grange:

Horton’s Home Lighting,

Sweet Pea Floral,   

Runner’s Sole,

Clarendon Hills:

The English Garden Flower Shop,

Two of the event's volunteers are award-winning artists who create pen-and-ink drawings of every home on the walk. As a thank you to the homeowners, they present each with an original drawing of their home.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Western Springs Historical Society, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to instilling an appreciation of the village’s history in residents of all ages. Proceeds from the event will fund the society’s operating budget, as well as help develop exhibits for the Ekdahl House and the Tower Museum, and provide programs and archival materials for residents.


Western Springs

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19

COST & INFO: Tickets cost $30 before May 19 at and participating businesses, or $35 the day of event; 708-246-9592