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.

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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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