Sears Homes of Chicagoland

By Lara Solonickne | Sears Homes of Chicagoland is a biweekly blog that features houses ordered from mail-order catalogs--Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, Harris Homes, and others. These kit homes are undiscovered treasures that are hidden in plain sight.

Sears Maywood in Lake Zurich

298 N. Pleasant Rd., Lake Zurich,<p>Sears Maywood from the 1926 Modern Homes catalog.<p>This authenticated Sears Maywood was built in 1928. The two porches …

Architecture

Sears Catalog Home – A Charming Cottage To Love

Sears Catalog Home Is A Charming Cottage To Love Did you know, well you probably know, but if you’re younger, you might not know it. Starting back in …

Houses

Another of the "Rare 10"--the Sears Lynn

The 10 new models introduced in the 1939 Sears Modern Homes catalog are difficult to identify, due to their nondescript styling. Some of these "Rare …

A Sears Osborn That Will Make You Say "Wow"

<i>Sears Homes of Chicagoland</i> reader Debbie Krone emailed me to say a Sears Osborn was listed for sale in her hometown of Villa Park. <br>It's difficult to …

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

730 E. Downer, Aurora.<p>Sears Modern Home No. 126.<p>This poor, neglected Sears No. 126 is located in Aurora and was built around 1909. <br>It still has the …

There's a First Time for Everything

I started this website in January 2012, and have featured hundreds of kit houses in the Chicago area. The original owners of those houses had one …

Secret Rooms Did Not Come Standard

Be honest. As a kid, you always longed for a secret room in your house. <br>Sears didn't offer secret rooms as an option on their kit houses, but during …

Which Would You Choose?

It's January 1932 and you're seriously thinking about building a kit house. You have some carpentry experience, and you know you can handle the …

Great Depression

A Sears Puritan in Libertyville

Libertyville has about 12 Sears houses and a smattering of kit homes from other manufacturers. One of the Sears houses is a Puritan model.<p>415 W. …