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The second annual Chicago Modern Home Tour happens Saturday, October 5th; tourgoers get the rare chance to explore the inside and out of some of Chicago’s most unique private residences, all designed by local architects. Partial proceeds to benefit Designs 4 Dignity.

Daniel Tornheim Architect

Chicago is one of the birthplaces of Modern architecture in the United States. From Midwestern Mid-Century gems to current contemporary minimalist design, Chicago is clearly a jewel in the American architectural lexicon.

On Saturday, October 5th, several of northern Illinois’ top architects get a day in the spotlight, and area residents get the rare chance to see the inside of several of Chicago’s most amazing homes on the second annual Chicago Modern Home Tour.

The 2013 Chicago Modern Home Tour is a self-guided driving-tour of five to eight modern homes in the Chicago area. At each stop, tourgoers get the opportunity to explore the inside and out of these amazing private residences. For the architects, it is a citywide gallery of their work; for ticket-holders, it’s a day of neighborhood exploration and visual awe.

Homes accepted and confirmed for the tour to date are:

  •     A gorgeous 9th floor condominium in the heart of the Gold Coast that serves as a great example of a perfect marriage between thoughtful redesign (courtesy of Daniel Tornheim, architect) and high quality construction in an existing condominium!
  •     The Lakeview Residence, a stunning private home on a triangular lot in the Lakeview neighborhood, designed my Perimeter Architects, and the 2011 AIA Chicago Small Project Award winner!
  •     The bottom floor of architect Thomas Roszak’s own private Northfield home, an 8,200 square foot masterpiece, encased entirely in glass! Trust me, the bottom floor has enough space to keep your exploring for a while!
  •     An innovative home (currently for sale) in the Southport Corridor, designed by Filoramo Talsma, LLC, that features unique Douglas fir ceilings and wide plank oak floors throughout… as well as your typical recreation room with wet bar, home theater, exercise gym and mud room!

More details and photos of the current list of approved homes can be found on the Chicago Modern Home Tour Featured Homes page.

“Chicago is one of the birthplaces of Modern architecture in the United States. From Midwestern Mid-Century gems to current contemporary minimalist design, Chicago is clearly a jewel in the American architectural lexicon,” says Modern Home Tour co-founder, Matt Swinney. “Last year’s inaugural trip was very successful and there was no doubt we would return to the Windy City in 2013.”

Chicago-based Designs 4 Dignity has been named as the 2013 Chicago Modern Home Tour non-profit partner. Designs 4 Dignity is a collection of individuals committed to assisting nonprofit organizations that change lives, by transforming spaces into more functional and nurturing environments. By pulling together the combined power of pro bono design, construction talent, and donated materials, Designs 4 Dignity breathe new life into existing non-profit spaces. This gives the assisted non-profit organizations the ability to better serve individuals in their focus mission.

"We're thrilled to be the beneficiary of this year's Chicago Modern Home Tour. This will be a terrific day for everyone to tour some of our area's greatest modern lifestyle homes, while supporting the mission of Designs for Dignity," says Jennifer Sobecki, Executive Director of Designs for Dignity.

Participating homes will open their doors for viewing from 11AM – 5PM on Saturday, October 5th, in and around Chicago, Illinois. Tickets to visit every home on the tour are $30 in advance online; available for $40 on the day of the tour at select ‘start’ locations. All are invited to attend. Kids under 12 are FREE!

For more details and a current list of homes: http://Chicago.modernhometours.com

About Modern Home Tours, LLC: Based in Austin, Texas, Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by partners Matt Swinney & James Leasure to introduce Modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, we invite people into some of the most exciting examples of Modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, our home tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

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