LOGAN SQUARE — The glorious Logan Square Christmas House is officially decorated and lit up, providing normalcy and cheer during an otherwise strange year.
The home and its many lights and decorations has attracted thousands — a mix of neighbors, people from across the city and tourists — for 35 years.
West Town couple Steven and Bridgette Haulenbeek brought their 18-month-old, Frank, to see the dazzling light show Thursday at 2656 W. Logan Blvd.
The couple said they’ve visited the home at Christmas time for the past few years, but this year the activity felt especially appropriate given the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s simple, it’s free, it’s outdoors and we knew that he would love it,” Steven Haulenbeek said of their toddler.
This year’s display is particularly meaningful, as the man who created it, Frank Lopez, died last winter.
The founder of metal fabrication company Chicago Wire Design Co., Lopez took great joy in lighting up the neighborhood for more than three decades.
“He loved Christmas. He loved seeing everybody happy. He was very, very proud of his house,” his daughter, Francesca “Peggy” Lopez, told Block Club last year.
Francesca Lopez said last year she would keep the tradition alive for as long as the home stays in the family. But she also acknowledged the family might sell the house.
Lopez, who has lived in Monterrey, Mexico, with her family for years, couldn’t be reached for comment, but it’s clear she kept her promise this year.
Just like every year, the Victorian house is covered in colorful, twinkling lights and surrounded by Lopez’s wire reindeer and other festive decorations.
Last winter, at least 100 carolers gathered at the home to give thanks and share memories after Lopez died.
“It’s a beautiful thing that he’s done,” neighbor Lupe Martinez said at the time. The neighborhood “changed, but you know what, people still remember who this man was and what he was, what he stood for, what these holidays meant to him.”
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