Downers Grove, Illinois: Sears Catalog Home Capital of the World

In its print catalog heyday, Sears sold mail-order do-it-yourself houses. The citizens of Downers Grove were its best customers. The houses do not have "Sears" labels.
5100 Main St., Downers Grove, IL
Most of the homes are clustered in the neighborhood around the train station, which is on Main St. six blocks south of US Hwy 34/E. Ogden Ave.
Private property. Visible from street.
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Sears Catalog Home Capital wants tourists

The village of Downers Grove, IL wants tourists. Their lure is an unusual concentration of Sears do-it-yourself homes.

... [06/22/1997] Complete News Story

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