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Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest house. The house shows what life was like for a family in Chicago during the city’s formative years before the Civil War. Its fascinating history began at a time when Chicago received its city charter and much of the area was still undeveloped prairie.

Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks.  The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Learn more about this gracious Greek Revival style house and plan your visit today.

 

 

 

Hours:

Free Public Tours

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm

One-hour guided tours

Admission is FREE

Tours are limited to 15 people, available on a first-come, first-served basis. For groups of 5 or more, please contact rsvp@cityofchicago.org.

 

 

 

Location:
1827 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

 

 

 

Admission:

Admission is FREE

 

 

 

Public Transportation:
For travel information visit www.transitchicago.com

 

 

 

Partners:

NSCDA Illinois Entrusted With History's FutureThe National Society of Colonial Dames in The State of Illinois (NSCDA‑IL)

The NSCDA‑IL has been involved in the Clarke House for since 1977. The organization has been a generous supporter over the years, funding programs, as well as the collection of period furnishing in the house. Headquartered in Washington D.C., The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America is dedicated to furthering an appreciation of our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. The NSCDA is involved in nearly 100 historic homes across the country.