“Chicago has faced its fair share of adversity in its 184-year history, but the city has always risen from the ashes, both literally and figuratively. Its most remarkable renaissance came in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The inferno killed 300 people, left another 100,000 homeless, and cost a jaw-dropping $222 million (equivalent to $4.7 billion in 2020), but it also gave birth to a beautiful new city, built with brick and better than ever.
Sadly, one iconic building style, the workers cottage, which flourished both before and after the Great Fire, has recently been falling victim to urban developers whose visions just don’t jive with historic lot sizes or bygone architectural styles. As demand grows for apartments and other higher-density housing, many of these humble dwellings are at risk of being razed.” -bobvila.com
This tour will show you many of these delightful cottages and the different styles they were designed and constructed in. Also, you will see some very rare instances where there are several in a row or in a few cases, an entire block of cottages on both sides of the street! Plus you will hear about some fascinating Chicago history that dates back 150 years and beyond!
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Workers Cottage Tour Promo Video
The Amazing Rowhouses on W. Eugenie Street
Bonus on this tour: Learn about the fascinating history of this extremely rare variegated row of 5 opulent Queen Anne and Second Empire style houses, designed by Norwegian architect Harold Hansen in 1886. Also discover what was on this land before the rowhouses – hard to believe!
Another Noteable Property:
The Fabulous Rowhouses of N. Crilly Court
Bonus on this tour: Learn about this incredible one-block long, narrow street and all of the worldwide famous people that lived here as well as the rich history behind these dwellings. One of the units is not only a Chicago Landmark but a U.S. National Landmark as well!
What the heck are all these people’s names doing above the doorways on Crilly Court? Find out who they are and why…FASCINATING!
St. Michael’s Church
Bonus on this tour: Take the tour on a Sunday and arrive at St. Michael’s just as Mass is finishing and not only can you go inside (not guaranteed) to see the incredible interior, but you can hear a full round of the noon church bells toll! GOLDEN! In addition, learn the fascinating history of this church and its rich architectural history.
The Tiny Fire Shanty Cottage
Along with over 40 -50 other darling, adorable workers cottages, you will see this little cutiepie and hear why it’s called a fire shanty AND how much it cost to buy (fully furnished) in 1874!