For over a century, the Chicago bungalow has been not only an icon of contemporary urban culture, but it has also been a treasure chest of solid sustainable resources in an ever-shifting housing industry. In this city takes their bungalows quite seriously as evidence by the 2011 Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo on Saturday, April 9 at the Merchandise Mart. Organized by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, this free, daylong event is the largest expo of it kind, spotlighting important issues in home restoration, preservation, energy-efficiency, and financing.
2011 Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green House Expo Offers An Expanded Program
The first Historic Chicago Bungalow Expo was held in 2002 at Harold Washington College, in downtown Chicago. It included 50 vendors and attracted 2, 000 bungalow owners and enthusiast. In 2006, the Association, in partnership with the Chicago Department f Environment and Housing, and various sponsors, extended its agenda to embrace green home technology. More than anything else, the 2011 Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo again brings together all this knowledge and expertise in order to address the quality, as well as, the productivity of our most important investment, our homes. This year, the Expo builds on its past success with more than 100 vendors and service providers. Informative workshops cover such topics as ” Bungalow Grants and How They Work” and “5 Ways To Save The Planet In Your Backyard”. Special features highlight important topics in a casual, entertaining venue. “We are excited to be expanding the Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo to include resources Bungalow owners and others need to renovate and preserve their homes, as well as make them more energy-efficient,” said Mary Ellen Guest, Executive Director of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. “Homeowners and potential homebuyers will find the event to be even more comprehensive than past Expo events.”
Expo Welcomes Back Veteran Celebrity Hosts, Sponsors And Vendors
Veteran celebrity hosts bring their shared talents and show some of their trade secrets:
- Kelly Edwards (HGTV and Style Network) offers his unique insights in “Tip, Tricks, and Trends”
- Lou Manfredini (HouseSmarts TV and WGN 720) discusses “Green Alternatives for Your Home”
- Bob Yapp (The House Doctor) eloquently expounds on the idea that “Preservation is Energy Efficiency
The Expo is the site of the 6th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Award Ceremony. Every year, the Foundation honors homeowners whose preservation work exemplifies the best in traditional Chicago Bungalow style.
Many vendors have become fixtures at the Expo. This year the list of exhibitors include:
- City of Chicago Departments of Community Development, Planning, and Environment
- Peoples Gas
- Park National Bank
- The Home Depot
- Northlight Architects
- Empire Millwork
- Edward Hines Lumber Co.
- Four Season Heating and Air Conditioning
- Earth Friendly Products
- DNR Construction
- Green Dream Group, LLC
- Chicago Tax Assistance Center
- Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program
- DaVini Construction & Design
- Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
- Midwest Energy Audits, Inc.
- Restoration Works, Inc.
- Shedd Aquarium
- Solar Service, Inc.
- Square Root Architecture+Design
- Weber Furniture Service
- University of Illinois Extension
- Wizard Electric, Inc.
- Sustain Your Domain
- ReBuild Exchange
- J.L. Construction
- TMC Windows
- and many more.
The Expo Is Easily Accessible of the CTA
Admission to the Expo is free to the public. The hours are 10:00 am to 4:00pm. Parking is available, on the street or in nearby lots. The Merchandise Mart is easily accessible by public transportation. The CTA Brown Line train is the best option. It stops right in front of the building.
For more information, visit www.chicagobungalow.org
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