The Tremont Trek home tour, founded in 2002, was designed to showcase the vibrancy of the Tremont neighborhood and spotlight the fabulous restaurants, art galleries & shops, and diversity of architecture.
Originally intended to connect neighbors through a lively progressive dinner party at six different private homes, much to the delight of the Trek committee, more than 80% of the home tour guests each year are suburbanites, curious to see what is happening in this hip urban neighborhood.
Each year the Tremont Trek Home Tour awards grants to the people, causes & organizations working to improve the quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses in our neighborhood. The majority of the monies given out (55%) each year are designated for transformational projects that will have a long-term impact on the community and the remainder (45%) to provide support to on-going programs & events and smaller initiatives.
More than $115,000 has been given out since Trek started in 2002. Last year’s grants went towards: Arts in August, Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival, Near West Recreation, Tremont Gardeners, Merrick House Harvest Celebration, Art Renaissance Tremont, expanding Tremont’s way-finding signage, repairs to the Lincoln Park Gazebo and providing maps for Walkabout Tremont.