For the kids, too: Cavalcade of Homes gets family friendly

Troy Kelleher
For Sun-Times Media
July 22 8:45 a.m.
If you go

Notable days during the Cavalcade of Homes from July 26 through Aug. 17:

6 to 11 p.m. July 24 — Enjoy a preview party, offering sneak peeks at homes from the Cavalcade.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 26 — Cavalcade kicks off

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 31 — Ladies’ Night Out features a trunk sale from various boutiques, wine and cheese, an appearance from a breast cancer awareness sponsor and other attractions.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 — Earth Day/Green Day includes Re-Cycle, Re-use and Re-invent Demos. Also, bring a recyclable item to receive a discount.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 — Family Day features the Billy Elton Band, a Lego competition, face painting, a show choir and much more.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 — Man Cave Night includes bags, cigars and a raffle for a four-person golf outing to Tamarack Golf Course.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 — Military/Veterans Day is a fair designed for veterans and their families.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 — Cavalcade of Homes finale

Tickets: $12 at the gate, $10 for seniors and veterans, and $10 in advance online. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Learn more: Visit www.cavalcadeofhomes.com or call 630-978-9000.

It’s a home design event where your kids will have a blast. Yes, they will actually enjoy it.

Spare your kids from boredom while treating yourself to the hottest in home design at the 2014 Cavalcade of Homes. The event showcases six custom-built homes over 24 days of tours. It also includes a rock concert and a Lego-building competition.

You’ll only need to park the car once. These homes are within the same neighborhood, Ashwood Park North, and are easily within walking distance of each other. Presented by the Northern Illinois Homebuilders Association (NIHBA), the tour kicks off July 26 and concludes Aug. 17. The custom homes are open to the public daily between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The event’s six homes were created by four custom builders: Crestview Builders, James Scott Design & Build, Kings Court Builders and Overstreet Builders Inc.

Two of the homes built by King’s Court Builders were designed by Naperville’s own Maria Hildebrand, owner and founder of the award-winning Designing Interiors Inc. Hildebrand, who has designed everything from community club houses to million-dollar custom-built homes, focused on two themes for this year’s show: rustic elegance and urban classic.

Without spoiling any surprises, Hildebrand is willing to let a few facts slip about the homes she cannot wait for audiences to see.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but Rustic Elegance will be a Colorado-inspired house with some more refined features,” she said.

Kimberly Schink, marketing manager of Designing Interiors, says Hildebrand’s Rustic Elegance home will inspire audiences with its uncommon design.

“It holds elements that are completely unique,” she said. “Amazing stonework, hickory wood flooring, new fixtures — it’s something to see.”

While Rustic Elegance was inspired from a theme chosen by Kings Court Builders, Hildebrand credits her Urban Classic design to the trends her clients are begging for.

“My job is to refine the client’s taste and help them get a home they’ll love,” she said. “Urban Classic features more transition space; everything’s streamlined and simple. Of course, I still threw in a bit of glitz and glam.”

Whether audiences are looking to buy a new home or make modest improvements to their own, Hildebrand and Schink want everyone interested in home design to visit the Cavalcade.

Fixtures, design trends, Maria Hildebrand — your kids don’t care. Fortunately, the 2014 Cavalcade of Homes includes a variety of family-friendly activities and themed events.

Children will enjoy Family Day on Aug. 3, which features a Lego-building competition, face painting, the Billy Elton Band, playhouses and more. Other themed days include Ladies Night Out, Man Cave Night and Military/Veterans Day.

“Everybody wins,” Schink said. “Children will enjoy themselves, and parents can look through homes at their leisure. We want people to bring the family out.”

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If you go

Notable days during the Cavalcade of Homes from July 26 through Aug. 17:

6 to 11 p.m. July 24 — Enjoy a preview party, offering sneak peeks at homes from the Cavalcade.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 26 — Cavalcade kicks off

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 31 — Ladies’ Night Out features a trunk sale from various boutiques, wine and cheese, an appearance from a breast cancer awareness sponsor and other attractions.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 — Earth Day/Green Day includes Re-Cycle, Re-use and Re-invent Demos. Also, bring a recyclable item to receive a discount.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 — Family Day features the Billy Elton Band, a Lego competition, face painting, a show choir and much more.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 — Man Cave Night includes bags, cigars and a raffle for a four-person golf outing to Tamarack Golf Course.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 — Military/Veterans Day is a fair designed for veterans and their families.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 — Cavalcade of Homes finale

Tickets: $12 at the gate, $10 for seniors and veterans, and $10 in advance online. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Learn more: Visit www.cavalcadeofhomes.com or call 630-978-9000.

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