Upcoming Events

The History of Sears Houses
August 26, 7 p.m.
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 S. Emerson St.
Mount Prospect

Sears Homes of Chicagoland
August 28, 12 p.m.
Dickinson Hall
100 E. Old Mill Road
Lake Forest
To register: dhall@cityoflakeforest.com
or (847) 234-2209

Sears Homes of Chicagoland
September 21, 10 a.m.
hosted by the Downers Grove Historical Society
The Lytle Auditorium
​4919 Belmont Road
Downers Grove
Registration details TBA

Aladdin: Homes That Go Up Like Magic
October 29, 1:00 p.m.
La Grange Public Library
10 W. Cossitt Avenue
La Grange
Registration details TBA

Sears Homes of Chicagoland
February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Godey Questers
Private event

Sears Homes of Chicagoland
March 28, 10:00 a.m.
Sun City Huntley
Private event


Invite Lara to speak to your group!
If you'd like me to speak to your group, organization, or class, please email your request to me at Lara@sears-homes.com.

I occasionally run walking tours and bus tours of various communities, so please check back here often for information on upcoming events.


Previous Speaking Engagements
  • Oakton Community College, Skokie
  • McHenry County College, Crystal Lake
  • Waubonsee Community College, Aurora
  • College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
  • Glen Ellyn Historical Society
  • Downers Grove Historical Society
  • Highland Park Historical Society
  • Bartlett History Museum
  • Clarendon Hills Historical Society
  • Broadview Public Library
  • Northbrook Public Library
  • La Grange Public Library
  • Homewood Public Library
  • Indian Prairie Public Library
  • Villa Park Public Library
  • Rotary Club of Lombard
  • The Little White School Museum, Oswego
  • Northwest Chicago Historical Society
  • Wheeling Township, Arlington Heights
  • Historical Society of Island Lake
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Geneva Public Library District
  • Palos Park Public Library
  • Tinley Park Public Library
  • Lake Villa District Library
  • Elmhurst Public Library
  • Elk Grove Village Public Library
  • Homer Township Public Library
  • Evergreen Park Public Library
  • Lombard Historical Society
  • St. Olaf Chicago Alumni Group
  • Allied Arts, Arlington Heights
  • Sun City Huntley
  • St. Charles Public Library
  • Itasca Community Library
  • Bernard Weinger JCC, Northbrook
  • JCC Chicago
  • Friendship Village of Schaumburg
  • Covenant Living Windsor Park
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry

Quotes from Past Participants

Here's what people have said about my presentations:
  • "Your talk was spectacular. I've been to some Sears talks before, but none of them hold a candle to yours. "
  • "Many thanks for, once again, presenting an outstanding program on Sears Homes of ChicagolandIt’s obvious you are well versed on the subject and that you have a passion to share your love of these homes."
  • "I just wanted to say thank you once again for your willingness to come and share your knowledge and passion with us.  The evaluations were excellent - they all loved it!  They wrote how professional you are, and what a good presentation you gave.  They loved the walking tour and learning what to look for to determine a Sears Home...  they loved it all."