Downers Grove, Illinois: Sears Catalog Home Capital of the World (Gone)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.
- Most of the homes were clustered in the neighborhood around the train station, which is on Main St. six blocks south of US Hwy 34/E. Ogden Ave.
- April 2015: Reported gone.
Visitor Tips and News About Sears Catalog Home Capital of the World
Sadly, they have all been knocked down. A gas station replaced a few of them, and the rest of the lots now have new homes built on them. The last home was knocked down in maybe 2007. Very sad, they were cool.[Ben Perdue, 04/14/2015]
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