The Clarke house is often described as the oldest surviving house in Chicago

The Henry B. Clarke House is a Greek Revival style house in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Henry Brown Clarke was a native of New York State who had come to Chicago in 1833 with his wife, Caroline Palmer Clarke, and his family. He entered into the hardware business with William Jones and Byram King, establishing King, Jones and Company, and provided […]


Prairie Avenue is a north–south street on the South Side of Chicago, which historically extended from 16th Street in the Near South Side community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States, to the city’s southern limits and beyond. The street has a rich history from its origins as a major trail for horseback riders and carriages. During the last three […]

Historical Mansions Of Chicago – Theurer-Wrigley House

Theurrer-Wrigley House, also known as the Wrigley Mansion, is a historic building located in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, United States. The Italian Renaissance-style mansion was commissioned by Joseph Theurer, owner of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company, and purchased in 1911 by Chicago’s Wrigley family. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the house was built in 1896 by Richard Schmidt and, possibly, Hugh […]

Historical Mansions Of Chicago – Cable House

The Cable House is a Richardsonian Romanesque-style house near Michigan Avenue at 25 E. Erie St. in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The house was built in 1886 by Cobb and Frost for socialite Ransom R. Cable. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 2, 1991. In 1902, the house was purchased by Robert Hall McCormick for his son, Robert Hall McCormick III. This was […]

Chicago History Timeline – Couch Tomb

No one knows how many bodies are in this vault in a Chicago public park.  Like many present-day green spaces, Chicago’s verdant Lincoln Park had a past life as a cemetery. Ambling through it today, though, you’d never know it—unless you happened across the Couch Tomb. The stone mausoleum is the most visible record of […]

Chicago History Timeline – Town Hall Police Station 1907

The 42nd Precinct/Town Hall Police Station, located in Chicago’s Lake View community area, is one of the oldest and most architecturally significant extant historic police station buildings in Chicago. It was constructed in 1907 on the site of Lake View Township’s Town Hall and subsequently has been commonly referred to as the “Town Hall Police Station.” Only three […]

Chicago’s greatest remaining Gilded Age mansions – John J. Glessner House

The John J. Glessner House, operated as the Glessner House, is an architecturally important 19th-century residence located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. It was designed in 1885–1886 by architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in late 1887. The property was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 14, 1970. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, […]

Lyric Opera of Chicago 1954

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. It was founded in Chicago in 1954, under the name ‘Lyric Theatre of Chicago’ by Carol Fox, Nicolà Rescigno and Lawrence Kelly, with a season that included Maria Callas’s American debut in Norma. The company was re-organized by Fox in 1956 under its present name and, after her 1981 departure, […]

Iroquois Theater Fire, Chicago 1903

The Iroquois Theatre fire happened on December 30, 1903,[ in Chicago, Illinois. It was the deadliest theater fire and the deadliest single-building fire in United States history. At least 602 people died as a result of the fire, but not all the deaths were reported, as some of the bodies were removed from the scene. Theatre The Iroquois Theatre was at 24–28 West Randolph Street, […]

Palmer House Hilton history of Chicago’s oldest hotel

The question came up when I was on a historic tour of Chicago asking, “What is the oldest hotel in Chicago?” Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel in the Loop is the oldest hotel in Chicago and considered the oldest continuously operating hotel in the USA. Forget all the news headlines about Chicago city violence. Chicago is […]