The 2013 Lake Forest Showhouse Tour: A Spectacular Italian Renaissance Villa

Chicago's finest designers transform a historic lakefront mansion.

Exterior: David Adler House 2013 Lake Forest Showcase and Gardens

Photo by: JS Eckert Photography Legendary Chicago architect David Adler designed more than 200 buildings, a major contributor of works combining classical and vernacular styles.

Every two years the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens event glides into town for a three-week run of designer heaven. And if you didn't catch the unveiling there’s still time to tour the 2013 architectural superstar – the incredible 15,000-square-foot Italian Villa built by master architect David Adler. The magnificent six-bedroom lakefront estate, grounds, sunken gardens and interiors, including the Morning Room, Lady’s Bath and Dressing Room, Gallery and Garden Room, are beautifully staged by more than 30 of Chicago’s premiere landscape, interior and architectural designers.

Proceeds benefit the 100-plus year-old Infant Welfare Society’s Angel Harvey community center in Logan Square. Why not plan an alfresco holiday for Mom? During Mother’s Day Weekend, part of the general admission supports its health program for Chicago’s underserved women. A sumptuous tour. Catch it.

Learn more at the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens website. The show is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets $35 online and $40 at the door.  Closes May 19. Hint: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12.

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