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Prairie Avenue Historic District

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Recalling when Prairie Avenue was Chicago's most prestigious address

In the late 1800s, Prairie Avenue was Chicago's most prestigious address, home to some of the... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2018
Taylor B
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Beautiful area of the city hidden away from hustle and bustle but one doesn’t have to look too far... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
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Reviewed 13 November 2018

In the late 1800s, Prairie Avenue was Chicago's most prestigious address, home to some of the city's richest and most famous people, including George Pullman, Philip Armour, Marshall Field, John Glessner, William Wallace Kimball, Gustavus Swift and Potter Palmer. Historically, the north-south thoroughfare on Chicago's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful area of the city hidden away from hustle and bustle but one doesn’t have to look too far! Brick low story building that are well kept, fresh flowers adorn patios, balconies and walk ways, lots of dog owners walking their fur babies.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

I wrote separate reviews for both the Glessner House (1880s) and the Clarke House (1830s). These adjoin the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens. Prairie Avenue as a neighborhood preserves some of the original properties that were missed by the Chicago Fire, survived the industrialization of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Oldest home in Chicago, moved back to within 2 blks of the original location and well restored with a small museum in the basement. Beautiful gardens surround it, with a sculpture garden in honor of Jane Addams and a community vegetable garden as well. The...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank livetoeatwell
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Often described as Chicago's "original Gold Coast," the six-block stretch known as the Prairie Avenue Historic District was home to some of the city's wealthiest--more than 75 millionaires to be exact--and most influential citizens during the last three decades of the 19th century. Located on...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 6 February 2017

More millionaires living in the late 1800s than anywhere else in the US. There are displays that describe the various mansions that were on Prairie, Pullman's, Fields.

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank SweetWillie
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Spent an afternoon in this area, visiting the two homes you can visit. Not a big area, but interesting

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank LMFMarlboro
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Prairie Avenue Historic District has undergone renovations over the last few years and some of the houses that have been renovated are really extraordinary. Standing in the middle of the district, you can be taken back in time to the late 1800's, when this...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Great glimpse into the bygone, turn of the century Chicago, buried amid all the new, shiny apartment towers. A little off the beaten path but just a short cab ride from downtown. Even a nice walk on a beautiful summer day. See the early traces...More

Date of experience: October 2014
3  Thank Madachoo
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the Prairie Avenue District. We printed off a PDF brochure of the neighborhood (found on the Glessner House website - under the Tours tab and on the bottom of the left hand green box). The brochure provided a map,...More

Date of experience: July 2015
5  Thank Diane K
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