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And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

I've been making the pilgrimage every Christmastime to the Kloewer family home on Elati Street, just north of Belleview, for at least the last eleven years, and this is why: Being Jewish and all, it doesn't really feel like Christmas until I've immersed myself in some sort of urban electric madness...even if I don't get there until after Christmas is over, as it happened this year. Ever since I was a twelve-year-old kid walking home from a friend's house in the December dark, I've been drawn to the light, and I still, to this day, remember fondly a certain house with wild decorations on East Bails Place that used to brighten the trek.

Writer Harrison Fletcher captured it pretty well when he wrote about the Kloewers in Westword in 2000, but it can't be truly experienced until it's done live, bundled against the chill, wandering among the hordes of gawkers and children, amazed by the sheer nuts of it all: the intertwining garden trains, the twirling Barbie dolls, the cases upon themed cases of teddy bears and toys. So, here's a walk-through. And you still have a couple days to behold the wonder yourself: Visit the Kloewers from 5 to 10 p.m., through New Year's Day. After that, the switch turns off and -- good for the Kloewers -- the electric bill goes down.

The Kloewers' son lives down the street, where he joins in the madness every year.

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

The Kloewer corner lot on fire.

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

Let the dioramas unfold! There's something for everyone.

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

 

Something for the horse geeks:

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

For John Deere tractor collectors:

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

For boosters of Englewood High:

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

For bikers (an old Englewood tradition):

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

 

For urban farmers:

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

For closet Barbie enthusiasts (in or out of the box):

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!
And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!
And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

And for Peanuts fans:

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

 

And, most importantly, for model train nuts. In some years, trains even emerged out of a tunnel from inside of the house.

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!
And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!
And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!
And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

 

Ho, ho, ho!

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

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And to all a good night...

And a very merry Kloewer Christmas to all!

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