Any proposed alteration, demolition, or new construction affecting individual landmarks or properties in Chicago landmark districts are subject to Chicago Landmarks Commission review as part of the permit review process. To verify if your home is in one of the Chicago landmark districts, refer to the Chicago Historic Resources Survey
Homes in the national (Ridge Historic) and Chicago landmark districts are eligible to participate in the Property Tax Freeze and Preservation Easement programs. Both programs offer significant tax incentives for historic preservation.
Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative
A Chicago bungalow is a single-family brick, one-and-one-half story residence with low pitched roof with overhang, full basement and generous windows. Built between 1910 and 1940, they have face brick with stone trim. The City of Chicago Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative offers financial incentives for purchasing, restoring and improving these homes once they are officially certified. Incentives include low cost loans; free architectural assistance and expedited permitting for owners engaged in restoration or rehabilitation; grants for owners to make their homes more energy efficient; and rehab tax credits for eligible owners. For information, email the HCBA, or call them at 312-642-9900.
Ridge Historical Society
10621 S. Seeley
Chicago IL 60643
RHS archives contain documented information on many neighborhood homes and the RHS can help with researching home histories. Open Tues., Thurs. and Sun. 2 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Chicago Dept. of Planning & Development
33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60602
CCL provides information on individual landmarks, how to get landmark designation and the status of city landmarks.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
An excellent resource for information on architecturally and historically significant homes, staff can also assist in nominating buildings for the National Register and provide information on historic preservation and restoration.
Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 752
Chicago, IL 60604
LPCI is has a variety of programs to facilitate, educate, and promote historic preservation, including the Preservation Easement Program.
Historic Chicago Bungalow Association
1 N. LaSalle St., 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
The Association’s mission is to preserve the Historic Chicago Bungalow and assist homeowners, through education and resources, in adapting the bungalow to meet their current needs.