Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Website | Chicago Flower & Garden Show | February Seminars +More!

WINTER 2017 | Quarterly eNewsletter
Executive Director's Note

Dear Maryellen ,

We are excited to share important news with you:

Our newly redesigned website,, has just been launched thanks to the amazing work of Gillian Wiescher, our Deputy Director. The revamped site incorporates our members' requests and feedback. For example, folks asked us for more visual inspiration for their home improvement projects, and this helped guide the website's design. Also with the web redesign, is finally mobile-friendly.

We hope you find this both inspirational and practical! Please drop us a line and let us know what you think.

We have streamlined our name to the "Chicago Bungalow Association." The word "Historic" could be off-putting or misleading. Many times, people thought they were unable to join because their bungalow had been altered inside or out. This is not the case, although we strongly encourage members to retain and restore exterior elements whenever possible. (The only alteration that blocks membership is the addition of a full second story "pop-top" addition.) Not to mention, it was a mouthful!

We serve Chicago homeowners in many types of bungalows and vintage homes. We hope our new name is more reflective of our work, and also moreinclusive. However, Historic Chicago Bungalows will still form the basis for our National Register of Historic Places Districts and for our annual Driehaus Awards as well.

Are you interested in becoming a Chicago Bungalow Association volunteer? We could use your help staffing events, such as the upcoming Chicago Flower & Garden Show (more on this below) and our Neighborhood Expos (coming in the Fall). If you would like to join us or have questions, please email me at

I look forward to seeing you out in our neighborhoods!

Warm regards,

Mary Ellen Guest
Executive Director
Chicago Bungalow Association
Join us at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show!

Whether you've never gone or never miss it, there's another great reason to visit this year's Chicago Flower & Garden Show--the Chicago Bungalow Association will be there as an official collaborator!

On March 18-26 at Navy Pier, we will be featured in NPL's 811 Bungalow Garden designed by Christy Webber Landscapes. The garden will include a life-size bungalow fa├žade, which visitors can walk through to arrive at a beautifully landscaped backyard. Read more and view pictures...

Use discount code Bungalow17 and save an additional $2 off adult weekday or weekend online tickets for the 2017 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. May not be combined with other offers. Purchase your tickets prior to March 17 and save a total of $4 off box office pricing.
Visit to redeem offer.
February Seminars
Inspiring Rehab Projects: Tips from the Winners
Are you planning a rehab project in your bungalow or vintage home? Come be inspired by winning rehab projects from our Richard H. Driehaus Bungalow Awards! We will present Before & After photos, and a handful of winners will bethere to explain their process and answer questions.
Wednesday, February 22 | 6-7:30 PM
Austin Irving Public Library | 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634
Tuesday, February 28 | 6-7:30 PM
Beverly Public Library | 1962
W 95th St
, 60643
New Bungalow Historic District!

Our 12th and most recent Bungalow Historic District in Brainerd was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 6, 2017. Read more...

We are hosting a celebration of this district in the early Summer. Be in touch if you want to be involved.
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