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154 W. Superior St.

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154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Very few vintage row homes persist in the condo canyons of River North, but this holdout from 1888 at 154 W. Superior will get a new lease on life. A stubborn owner stood his ground while the world changed around him, but passed away in 2015. Despite being marketed as a redevelopment opportunity, the purchaser of the house will gut-rehab it for use as offices – preserving one of the neighborhood’s last links to its early history.

154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

154 W. Superior St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]


6025 N. Leader Ave.

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6025 N. Leader Ave. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

6025 N. Leader Ave. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Not many houses were built in Chicago, or anywhere in the US, in the 1930s and 1940s. Between the Great Depression and the Second World War, resources were scarce and most families could not afford to build new. This house at 6025 N. Leader in the leafy South Edgebrook part of the Forest Glen community area, is a rare exception. Tax data puts the year of completion as 1942, but the City’s Historic Resources Survey indicates that it may have been constructed in the 1930s. It was designed by architect J.G. Steinbach, who also penned a number of Tudor Revival châteaux in the same area. But this house is unmistakably Art Deco, with clean lines and planes, minimal ornamentation, and some seriously sexy curves. Just check out the railings flanking the front door!

This photo was taken in April 2009.


13301 S. Burley Ave.

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13301 S. Burley Ave. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

13301 S. Burley Ave. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

This is 13301 S. Burley Ave., in Hegewisch. It was built in 1890, but the only evidence you can see of its advanced age is the deteriorating cornice – everything else is covered in an unfortunate coating of vinyl siding. Given the corner location it might have had a ground-floor store or tavern.

This photo was taken in September 2010 and posted as part of a previous “House of the Day” series.


2842 E. 72nd St.

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2842 E. 72nd St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

2842 E. 72nd St. [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

This South Shore home was built in 1890, during the first wave of development that took place in the neighborhood, near the Cheltenham stop on the Illinois Central South Chicago Branch. It’s a nice Victorian house with an octagonal tower and a terrific arch-enclosed porch.