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Tour of historic Flossmoor homes raises funds for South Suburban charities

About 200 community members participated in 2024’s annual HouseWalk tour as a fundraiser for the Flossmoor Service League (FSL) on the late morning and early afternoon of Wednesday, May 15, according to figures provided by FSL spokesperson Krista Vink Venegas.

The HouseWalk is an annual event that’s been held every year since 1956, except for the pandemic years. The money made from House Walk ticket sales and a raffle is distributed to various charities throughout the South Suburbs, according to its website.   In 2023, the organization was able to provide $51,000 to recipients.

“We have two major fundraisers. One is the Candlelight Ball in December and the second is this,” FSL president Ann Mitchell said. “We have other smaller events too.”

HouseWalk attendees were given green tickets with the address to each house on the tour, a map and information about each house and their homeowners. 

All four houses were within walking distance of one another in the Flossmoor Estates neighborhood, an old part of town. 

The HouseWalk attendees walked at their own pace. There were no officially designated groups. Tour guides, who were FSL members and volunteers, directed attendees and gave information about the homes and homeowners.

Blooms on Brassie, a business based in Flossmoor, donated flowers to the FSL that were displayed throughout two of the houses.

The houses on the tour were 2404 Braeburn Avenue, which was built in 1938; 2425 Dundonald Lane, built in 1941; 2533 Caddy St., built in the 1950s; and 2425 Hawthorne Lane, built before 1914.

Homewood Historical Society board member Elaine Egdorf said she does the FSL’s House Walk every year. 

“I love house walks. I love architecture tours,” Egdorf said. “I love history. And most of these houses are over a hundred years old.”

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