Citizens for Kenilworth’s Fight to Save Historic Homes

Citizens for Kenilworth

Citizens for Kenilworth


A licensed structural engineer, Cameel Halim is the president of Wilmette, Illinois-based CH Ventures, LLC. Experienced in acquiring and upgrading old houses, Cameel Halim helped Citizens for Kenilworth preserve the architecturally beautiful homes of the village of Kenilworth, Illinois.

The group Citizens for Kenilworth was formed in an attempt to preserve the beautiful homes along the streets of Kenilworth. The houses, some of which were designed by famed architects such as Daniel Burnham, George W. Maher, and Frank Lloyd Wright, were under threat of demolition from developers seeking to build prime properties in the area.

Many of the homes include unique architectural features such as balconies, ornate detailing, and arched doorways and windows, all of which are difficult to replicate. In addition to the harm to the village’s aesthetic beauty, demolitions and new developments are a threat to the village‘s ancient trees and comprehensive drainage system.

The Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass’s Extensive Collection

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Halim Family Museum of Time Glass

As the head of CH Ventures, LLC, Cameel Halim guides commercial real estate investment activities spanning Illinois and Wisconsin. An avid collector of mechanical devices, Cameel Halim recently completed the construction of the four-story Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass in Evanston.

The collection includes many of the world’s finest watches and clocks, including a number of Chinese timepieces that feature ornately designed cases and often whimsical musical elements and automatons. Among the prized pieces is an Elephant Carriage clock from China that features a gilt elephant with a vase and timepiece set on its back and an imperial retinue behind it. Many of these pieces were crafted in Europe, as well as China, for the Asian market, and some pieces are from the renowned Imperial Palace Workshop.

Mr. Halim’s collection gained a serious boost in 2001, when the owner of Time Museum in the Rockford sold his collection. Initially offered to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the collection went on sale through Sotheby’s when museum did not raise the necessary funds to obtain the collection. Many of the U.S., English, Asian, and French clocks that make up the Museum of Time & Glass’s core collection were acquired by Mr. Halim through this major auction event.

Daniel H. Burnham – A Brief Biography

A structural engineer and real estate entrepreneur, Cameel Halim has worked to revitalize neighborhoods and preserve historic homes throughout the Chicago area. In 2005, Cameel Halim was involved in a deal that prevented the demolition of a beautiful home designed by the firm of Daniel H. Burnham.

Born in 1846, Daniel H. Burnham was a famed Chicago architect who is credited with being the father of the modern skyscraper. Burnham’s architectural career began in 1872 in the Chicago office of Carter, Drake, and Wight, where he worked as a draftsman and met his future business partner, John Wellborn Root. Together, the two men designed several well-known Chicago buildings, including the Rookery, the Reliance Building, and the Montauk Building, before Root’s early death in 1891.

Later, Burnham served as the chief coordinating architect of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and coauthored the Plan of Chicago, which formed the basis of city planning in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Burnham also founded the Chicago School of Architecture and served as president of the American Institute of Architects. His best-known work outside of Chicago includes New York’s Flatiron Building and Union Station in Washington.