The Schweikher House hosts a variety of events, including a lecture series called Conversations in the Studio. The Schweikher House is also open for rentals including student excursions, events for tour groups, and weddings.  For more details on prices and to learn how we can accommodate your next event, contact us.


Past Events

Paint the Peonies

Friday, June 14, (2:00-5:00 p.m.) No rain date.

$25 per person (payable at the door)

Please join plein air painter Maggie Capettini at the Schweikher House to paint from their renowned peony collection. The session will begin with an oil painting demonstration and end with an optional "celebration and critique" of participant's paintings. Capettini will give easel-side advice throughout the session. Participants must bring their own supplies. All painting media is welcome!


Conversations in the Studio

The Schweikher House Preser­va­tion Trust invites the pub­lic to attend “Con­ver­sa­tions in the Stu­dio” — a lec­ture series that focuses on the trust’s mis­sion to con­nect Schaum­burg res­i­dents with the his­toric Schweikher House through top­ics cov­er­ing art, archi­tec­ture, and science.

Tick­ets are $5 and advanced registration is required as space is limited. The events will run approx­i­mately one hour and will include a ques­tion and answer period. Con­tact Todd Wenger by phone at (847) 923‑3866 or by email at for more infor­ma­tion. Past events include:

Peonies at the Schweikher House and How to Grow Your Own

Sunday June 2, 2019 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Master Gardener Bev Krams will give a vibrant presentation on the peonies in the Schweikher House garden, including the University of Illinois Master Gardener Group’s efforts to identify the peonies. Bev will discuss the types of peonies found in the garden, including their colors, shapes, and growth habits and attendees will learn how to select a peony, design for their own peony garden, care for their peonies in spring & fall, disease prevention, as well as, dividing & planting herbaceous peony roots. Come and learn why you want to grow peonies for their resilience, deer-resistance, and outstanding beauty and fragrance!

Bev has been a Master Gardener with the North Cook County District for over ten years. She has received the States Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year Award and has received a sustained excellence award from the University of Illinois. She has presented programs for garden clubs, community groups and Master Gardeners. She is a member of Citizens for Conservation and the Arlington Heights Garden Club where she serves as the Horticulture Chairperson and a member of the Program Committee. Her garden has been Conservation @ Home Certified for native habitat.

Martyl: Landscapes of the Mind

Sunday May 5, 2019 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Discover and discuss the body of work of an historically significant artist’s work in her studio.

The artist Martyl, famed designer of the Doomsday Clock, and her husband Alexander Langsdorf, purchased the home and studio from modern architect and first resident, Paul Schweikher in 1953. Martyl immediately turned Schweikher’s architecture office into her art studio where she continued her successful painting career until her death in 2013.

Julie Mars will guide the discussion of Martyl’s fascinating life and work. Much of the conversation will revolve around Martyl’s favorite imagery of landscape, mountains, islands, false doors, and synapses. We will discuss these as metaphor and try to unpack the deeper meaning in Martyl’s striking images.

Julie A Mars is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a fine arts professional for over 25 years. She has represented her own and other artists’ work as an art consultant for galleries, interior designers, major furnishing retailers, homeowners, collectors, and businesses. She is currently the Director of Communications at the Addison Center for the Arts where she enjoys fostering and promoting the arts in the community.

Paul Schweikher’s Impact on Schaumburg

Monday April 29, 2019 (7:00 - 8:15 pm)

Schaumburg Township District Library

Central Library - Rasmussen Room

In 1938, Paul Schweikher built his National Register home in Schaumburg Township. Local History Librarian Jane Rozek will share details of this famous architect, his home and his local work. Co-sponsored by the Library and the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

Plein Air Painting: Beyond Monet

Sunday March 24, 2019

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Many people are aware that Monet painted out-of-doors, yet understand very little about the process and art historical context of his style of painting. Attendees will dive deeper into the history and process of plein air painting, and learn about the modern resurgence of this movement.

The conversation will be facilitated by fine artist Maggie Capettini as she presents a history of plein air painting and shares her modern tools and equipment, as well as, some of her completed paintings. Light refreshments will be served.


Every year the Schweikher House participates in the DOCOMOMO (DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings and sites of the MOdern MOvement) Tour Day. This year, discounted tours were offered on Saturday October 12th, with rates of just $20 per person!

Tours of the house featured Schweikher’s masterful integration of brick, glass and wood, including an iconic brick fireplace, passive solar room, cantilevered construction, exposed wood beams, built-in furniture, and gardens designed by the noted Midwestern landscape architect Franz Lipp.  We invite you to join us for next year’s tour of this beautiful structure, both inside and out.

When: October 2020.

Where: 645 S. Meacham Road Schaumburg, IL 60193

Cost: The cost of the tours will be $?/per person, paid in advance of the event, with a maximum of 15 persons per tour.

Registration: Stay tuned.