Established in 2003, West Ridge Bungalow Neighbors is a voluntary group of neighbors in Chicago who desire to assist each other in preserving and appreciating the homes in our neighborhood; educating each other and the broader public in the value and the story of our neighborhood; and providing resources to each other to improve the quality of our homes, enrich our lives and assure our neighborhood's future.

Friday, July 20, 2007

2007 Bungalow and Green Expo in October

From the Chicago Sun-Times

July 20, 2007

Oct. 27 has been selected as the date for the 2007 Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo at the Merchandise Mart.

Visitors to the expo will have access to 150 vendors and 15 seminars focused on historic home restoration and green building technology. Information will be available on loans and grants for home buying and rehabbing through the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association and the City of Chicago's Department of Housing.

Exhibitors will be on hand to advise residents on projects such as restoring wood windows, upgrading wiring, and plumbing and installing a rain garden. Owners of Chicago bungalows who bring photographs of their homes will also be able to certify their bungalows on the spot with the HCBA (the first step to taking advantage of the group's financial incentives). Workshops at the event will provide details about home rehab, restoration and permits.

The show was created in 2002 as the Historic Chicago Bungalow Expo, and it was expanded in 2006 to include green home renovation resources.

"The Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo offers residents the tools and resources necessary to purchase their first home, restore a historic house, or incorporate green building techniques into their renovation projects," said Annette Conti, executive director of the HCBA. "We are excited to again partner with the City of Chicago's Departments of Housing and Environment to encourage residents to be green, as energy-efficiency means long-term affordability for homes."

Admission is free. A Brown Line CTA station brings passengers right to the Merchandise Mart. Hours for the event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit, or call (312) 642-0999.

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