With the weather getting warmer in the Chicagoland area, the time has begun to start house walks.  This is a great opportunity to go out and see some beautiful homes in the nearby neighborhoods.  Often these homes are historical.  You can also get some great decorating ideas by viewing what others have done.  Here is a list of some of the local events.  They begin this weekend!

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Friday, May 1: The Garden Club of Evanston features their House Walk and French Market Boutique. Four homes will be available for viewing from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Advanced tickets are $50.  Proceeds go towards conservation and education.  Visit them online to purchase tickets.

Sunday, May 3: The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society has their 23rd annual house walk.  This walk starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm.  The starting point is 1643 West Howard at the Howard Theatre building.  Free parking is in the back of the building.  Tickets are $20 for the general public.  View their Web site for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, May 3: View six homes throughout Vernon Hills and Mettawa at the Hawthorn PTO’s House Walk in Vernon Hills.  Tickets are $15 in advance and available at many retailers in Vernon Hills and Libertyville.  The walk will take place from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  View their Web site to find out where you can purchase tickets and the homes on the tour.

Saturday, May 9: For a different kind of tour, The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is sponsoring a bike tour in Oak Park to view 27 of Wright’s buildings that he designed.  The tour begins at 9:30 am at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.  You must bring your own bike and tickets are $18.  See their Web site for more information on this and other tours and to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, May 13: The Winnetka Woman’s Club is sponsoring their 2009 Housewalk, voted “Best Housewalk on the North Shore.”  This runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their Web site to download a PDF brochure with information and how to purchase tickets. They are $55 if purchased prior to May 9th.

More local tours throughout the months of May and June can be found in this Chicago Tribune article.

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