Chicago’s Historic Districts

There are several levels of designation of a Landmark, as discussed in my blog post Stability and Longevity From Historic District Designation. The highest level of protection for historic buildings is offered through local landmark designation. Designation as a Chicago Landmark District will require that building permits be reviewed and evaluated for appropriateness by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. This will determine whether or not the proposed construction or changes within the district meet the Secretary of Interior’s Rehabilitation Standards. Buildings in these districts can also qualify for various tax credits and incentives. If you own a home or property in one of these areas, it is a good idea to be aware of the Landmark designation, incentives, and restrictions.

Here is a list of Chicago’s Landmark Districts:

Old Town Triangle

Photo: Old Town Triangle Row Houses | Credit: Old Town Triangle Association

Milwaukee Avenue Commercial

Photo: View From 1500 N. Milwaukee | Credit: Ronnie Lobello

Astor Street

Photo: East Side of Astor Street | Credit: Wikipedia

Black Metropolis Bronzeville

Photo: Overton Hygienic Building | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

Surf-Pine Grove

Photo: Romanesque Row Houses | Credit: YoChicago

Five House on Avers

Photo: 1950-52 S. Avers Houses | Credit: Google Maps 2015

Hawthorne Place

Photo: 568 Hawthorne Place | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

Michigan Boulevard

Photo: Michigan Avenue Streetwall | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

Hutchinson Street

Photo: 734 W. Hutchinson | Credit: Chicago Magazine

Ukrainian Village

Photo: West Chicago Avenue | Credit: Flickr/Laura Hadden

Motor Row

Photo: 2301 S. Michigan Avenue | Credit: YoChicago


Photo: West Arlington Place | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

Old Edgebrook

Photo: 6239 N. Lundy Avenue | Credit: Crib Chatter

East Village

Photo: East Village Workman’s Cottages | Credit: Preservation Chicago

Printing House Row

Photo: 523 S. Plymouth Court | Credit:


Photo: Pullman Row Houses | Credit: The Architect’s Newspaper


Photo: Craftsman Style House | Credit: Curbed Chicago

Jewelers Row

Photo: East Side of Wabash Avenue | Credit: Loop/Chicago


Photo: Intersection of Milwaukee-Diversey-Kimball | Credit: Old Chicago Tumblr

Wicker Park

Photo: Historic Wicker Park | Credit: Wicker Park | Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Burling Row House.jpg

Photo: Burling Row Houses | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

North Kenwood Multiple

Photo: 4456 S. Berkeley Avenue | Credit:


Photo: Workman’s Cottage at 2121 N. Hudson | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

Washington Square

Photo: Washington Square Park – April 27, 1911 | Credit: Chicago History Museum

Newport Avenue

Photo: 855 W. Newport | Credit: Google Maps 2015

Oakdale Avenue

Photo: 852 W. Oakdale | Credit: Google Maps 2015

East Lake Shore Drive

Photo: Historic View of East Lake Shore Drive | Credit: The Art Institute of Chicago

McCormick Row House

Photo: Red Brick McCormick Row Houses | Credit: Chicago Architecture

Lincoln Avenue Row House

Photo: 1928 N. Lincoln | Credit: Google Maps 2015


Photo: 3800 S. Giles – Flemish Revival Row Houses | Credit: Google Maps 2015

Oakland District

Photo: 4134 S. Berkeley Row Houses | Credit: Google Maps 2015

Prairie Avenue

Photo: Kimball Mansion – 1801 S. Prairie Avenue | Credit: Chicago Detours

Greenwood Row House

Photo: 5228 S. Greenwood Row Houses | Credit: The Chicago Maroon

WBG Place

Photo: Griffin’s Jenkinson & Clarke Houses | Credit: Walter Burley Griffin Society

Fremont Row House

Photo: Fremont Row Houses | Credit: Chicago Now

Terra Cotta Row

Photo: Terra Cotta House – 1048 W. Oakdale | Credit: Chicago Magazine

Bissell Street

Photo: Bissell Street Row Houses | Credit: Chicago Landmarks Tour 2010

Alta Vista Terrace

Photo: 3800 Block of Alta Vista Terrace | Credit: Eric Alix Rogers

Seven Houses on Lake Shore

Photo: 1250-60 Lake Shore Drive | Credit: Vincent Michael

Washington Park Court

Photo: 4900 Block of S. Washington Court | Credit: Solquest Design Unlimited

Dover Street

Photo: Craftsman Homes | Credit: City of Chicago


Photo: 3100 S. Prairie Row Houses | Credit: Google Maps 2015

Chatham-Greater Grand Crossing Commerical

Photo: Terra Cotta Buildings at 75th & Cottage Grove | Credit: LoopNet

Logan Square Boulevard

Photo: Historic “View From the L” | Credit: Kelly O’Connor McNees

Jackson Park Highlands

Photo: 6955 S. Bennett | Credit: YoChicago

Jackson Boulevard

Photo: South Side of Jackson Boulevard | Credit: Chicago Now


Photo: Single Family Homes | Credit: Jim Peters


Photo: Armitage Corner Buildings | Credit: Jyoti Srivastava

Longwood Drive

Photo: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Raymond W. Evans House – 9914S. Longwood Drive |
Credit: R & L McNees


Photo: View of Dexel Boulevard | Credit: Chicago Image Gate






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