The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society has been changing the lives of local children since 1916. The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society (IWS) Holiday Housewalk and Market is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the IWS, providing invaluable operating funds to the Children’s Clinic.  Funds that help to give access to quality health care to over 3,300 children from over fifty communities to receive medical, dental and counseling services in over 10,800 visits each year.

In honor of the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society, the 3 chairs of this year’s event: Sarina Butler, Liz Robinson and Debbie Wholey offer 100 reasons to celebrate the season at this year’s Housewalk and Market.

  • Tour 6 beautiful Oak Park and River Forest homes decked out for the holidays. From a grand classical Georgia estate to a newly rehabbed Victorian home, all of the homes will be decorated inside and out.
  • Learn about the architecture of these historic homes and the families’ Holiday traditions from 12 house captains and all of the docent volunteers.
  • Enjoy 8 musical groups at the Thursday evening Preview Party and Holiday Market featuring 2 floors of vendors and activities as the Nineteenth Century Club.
  • Shop the 44 Artisan Vendors who will bring homemade food offerings, handmade accessories, home décor and children’s items to the market.
  • Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the 6 Celebration Tablescapes with themes from Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired to a special 100th Anniversary table setting celebrating the Infant Welfare Society.
  • Eat brunch, lunch or dinner at one of the 6 Dine and Share restaurants on Friday thru Sunday with your Dine & Share coupon with 10% of your purchase donated to the Infant Welfare Society.
  • Plan your festive 3 day experience by learning all the details on the Holiday Housewalk & Market web page at
  • Enjoy the great feeling of helping to change the lives of children in need.

17th Annual Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Holiday Housewalk and Market takes place Friday December 4th and Saturday December 5th.  Tours of the homes will be offered on Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Holiday Market Preview Party takes place Thursday December 3 the Nineteenth Century Club from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Forest Park National Bank & Trust, the Preview Party will be a festive night of food, cocktails, live music, prizes and fun.

Tickets for the Housewalk and Market are $45 in advance or $50 at the door, or $35 for senior citizens. Preview Party tickets are $15. Advanced purchase tickets are available online at

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