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Nothing says Christmas like an elaborately decorated house

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Talk about curb appeal! The darkest time of year brings out the brightest in homeowners. Some displays are more elaborate than others, but we thought we'd offer a sample of seasonal shining.

LEDing the way, of course, is the home on the 900 block of Franklin in River Forest, once upon a time occupied by Mafioso Tony Accardo, which blows away all the December decorating competition. In fact, there is no competition since no homeowner could possibly outshine this array. Better to simply drive by slowly and listen for the oooohs and aaaahs.

Driving around both villages, in fact, is a good way to get in the seasonal swing. The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, aka the "estate section," is always a good bet for well-lit, large old homesterpieces, such as the one on North Kenilworth (on the next page). 

Even condo buildings nearby get into the act.

But the south side of Oak Park more than holds its own, and since the houses are closer together, they make up in density what they lack in expanse.

We don't know if most homeowners contract this work out or do it themselves, but it's a lot of effort and we wanted them to know how much passersby (like us) appreciate it.


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