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Chicago Sights

Clarke House Museum

  • 1827 S. Indiana Ave. Map It
  • Prairie Avenue

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This Greek Revival structure dates from 1836, making it Chicago's oldest surviving building. It's a clapboard house in a masonry city, built for Henry and Caroline Palmer Clarke to remind them of the East Coast they left behind. The Doric columns and pilasters were an attempt to civilize Chicago's frontier image. The everyday objects and furnishings inside evoke a typical 1850s–'60s middle-class home. Tours begin nearby at Glessner House.

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1827 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60616, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $10, $15 combo ticket with Glessner House, free Wed.
  • Tours Wed.–Sun. at noon and 2


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