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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 were 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 of the World

I was perusing the list of the "Gone but not Forgotten" sites in Illinois and discovered that this listing was presented as "Gone." This is not the case; many of the Sears catalog homes are still in the immediate area. I followed up with the Planning Manager of Downers Grove and he assured me that a multitude of the Sears catalog home are still standing. A brochure is available on the town website that enables interested individuals to take a walking or driving tour of the homes.

[Joseph D. Kubal, 07/18/2021]
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]
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.


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