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Historic Tours to Launch at Taste of Park Ridge

July 8, 2014 10:19 AM

From the Kalo House where the Chicago silver industry was born, to the Park Ridge studio of noted artist Alfonso Iannelli, who helped design the world-famous Pickwick Theater, Park Ridge has a rich cultural and artistic history. Now, historic tours that are set to launch at the Taste of Park Ridge will highlight the larger narrative of the artists’ colony that flourished here during the 20th Century.

The tour showcases sites where notable people in the world of arts and entertainment lived and worked. They include Walter Marshall Clute and his wife, Beulah Mitchell Clute;  Albert Krehbiel and his wife, Dulah Evans Krehbiel;  Frederic Goudy; Carrie Snodgrass; Karen Black; Grant Wood; Henri and Asta Eicher; Harrison Ford; Frederick Richardson; and Eugene Romeo.   Also on the tour is one of the filming locations for the movie, The Blues Brothers.
An initiative of The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge, the tours are sponsored by The Summit of Uptown and Journal & Topics Newspapers.  Tours will depart from on the Vine Street side of Hodges Park on Saturday, July 12, at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  All tours are on a first-come, first serve basis. 

Additional tours are planned for Saturday, August 9 at 1:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 13, at 1:00 p.m.  Donations are welcome and will benefit continuing restoration efforts at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center which earned a 2011 Governor’s Home Town Award for Park Ridge.

About the Kalo Foundation: Established in 2006, The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge is dedicated to safeguarding the rich artistic legacy of the town through education, advocacy, and preservation, as well as promoting the arts and crafts as an integral part of our modern lives.  For more information about the tours, The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge, Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, or to donate online, go to www.kalofoundation.org or call 847-261-4595.


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