Registration

The Tour Starts Here

Registration Site: 2019 Site Coming Soon

 Elgin, Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I take pictures?
A: While we are excited to share the beautiful homes with you, we do not allow interior photography within any homes. Exterior photos from the front sidewalk are allowed. Please at all times respect the privacy of the home owners.

Q: Does my child need a ticket?
A: If your child walks, they will need to purchase a student ticket. 

Q: What age is the senior ticket?
A:Senior tickets are for those 65 years of age and older.

Q: If I purchase in advance, do I still need to go to registration? 
A:Yes, everyone must first come to registration to exchange their tickets for a tour book and map.

Q: Is my ticket valid for both days?
A: Yes!  You can attend both days, however once your tour booklet has been checked off for a home it cannot be toured again. 

Q: Are tickets refundable?
A: No, we do not have a policy for refunding tickets. 

Q: Does the tour cancel if it rains?
A: No, the tour takes place rain or shine. The show must go on!

Q: How long does it take to see all the homes?
A: It will take approximately (2019 Times TBD) to see all the homes on the tour. Several factors contribute to how quickly you will move through the tour, including longer lines at some homes, the time of the day, and the size of the homes on the tour. 

Q: Do I have to follow a certain order when views the homes?
A: No, you do not need to follow a particular order when viewing the homes. 

Q: Can I go back through a home more than once?
A:No, unfortunately once you have toured a home it is not possible to go back through the home without purchasing another ticket.

Q: Why are the second floors not open for all the homes on the tour?
A: Logistically in some homes it become a traffic issue, moving people up and down the same narrow staircase can cause a bottleneck. Other times it is the homeowner's preference not to have it shown. Therefore some homes may not have the second floor available for the tour. 

Q: Why do I need to use shoe covers?
A: We request that everyone on the tour wear shoe covers while in each home to protect this historic wood floors and carpeting. Shoe covers are provided for you by the House Tour Committee. 

Q: Are there refreshments available?
A: Food is available for purchase at the food court ran by a local boy-scout troop. It is identified on the map you received at registration. Complimentary water is available at all the house tour sites. After the tour we suggest exploring the many restaurants in our historic downtown for dinner. 

Q: What is the architectural walking lecture?
A: The Architectural Walking Lecture is offered twice each day of the tour. Check your tour booklet or the website for topic of the lecture and where it begins. It is a walking tour though the neighborhood discussing architectural significance of the neighborhood. This walking lecture is included as part of your ticket. 

Q: Are restrooms available along the tour?
A: Restrooms are available at the food court and at registration. The homes on the tour do NOT have restrooms open to the public.