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Chicago Bungalows in Rogers Park & West Ridge

The majority of Chicago Bungalows were built between 1910 and 1940. They were typically constructed from brick (sometimes in decorative patterns) and had one and a half stories. It’s been said that, at one point, nearly a third of the houses in the Chicago area were Bungalows. Like many other local homes, Chicago bungalows are relatively narrow, being an average of 20 feet wide on a standard 25-foot wide city lot.

A Chicago-style bungalow has a low-pitched roof and horizontal shape. In most bungalows, however, the older gable-front of the cottages was replaced with a "hipped" roof, meaning that the gable was slipped off and the front pitched down toward the street, often with a dormer. The resulting large overhang, in many cases, allowed for the incorporation of a large front porch or enclosed sunroom.

Many Bungalows in and near Chicago often included leaded glass windows, natural woodwork, ceramic tile, and other Craftsman details such as built-in cabinets, shelves, and seats. Floor plans were often identical with the public spaces—living, dining and kitchen—on one side of the building and small bedrooms on the other. With the living room at the center, the rest of the rooms connect without hallways.

The Chicago Bungalow was closely related to the standard two- or three-flat which was really conceptually just two or three bungalows piled on top of each other. There were also much more elaborate bungalows with considerably more sophisticated floor plans.

Launched by Mayor Richard M. Daley in September of 2000, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative is designed to foster an appreciation of the Chicago Bungalow as a distinctive housing type, encourage sympathetic rehabilitation of Chicago bungalows, and assist bungalow owners with adapting their homes to current needs, which in turn helps to strengthen Chicago bungalow neighborhoods.

In 2001, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society conducted a house tour entitled “The Bungalows of West Ridge.” And in 2003, they held a house walk entitled “Historic Bungalows in West Rogers Park.” Several other house tours have included bungalows, but not exclusively. These tour booklets will be found on this website.

Rogers Park Bungalows

Albion Avenue

2600 Block

2635 W. Albion Avenue

Arthur Avenue

1700 Block

1703 W. Arthur Avenue

1715 W. Arthur Avenue

Chase Avenue

1800 Block

1855 W. Chase Avenue

Greenleaf Avenue

2100 Block

2111 W. Greenleaf Avenue

Juneway Terrace

1400 Block

1427 W. Juneway Terrace

Lunt Avenue

1900 Block

1921 W. Lunt Avenue

Paulina Street

7400 Block

7427 N. Paulina Street

West Ridge Bungalows

Artesian Avenue

6500 Block

6555 N. Artesian Avenue

Coyle Avenue

2500 Block

2529 W. Coyle Avenue

2540 W. Coyle Avenue

2600 Block

2651 W. Coyle Avenue

Estes Avenue

2200 Block

2236 W. Estes Avenue

Farwell Avenue

2400 Block

2446 W. Farwell Avenue

2500 Block

2500 W. Farwell Avenue

2557 W. Farwell Avenue

2600 Block

2601 W. Farwell Avenue

2618 W. Farwell Avenue

Greenleaf Avenue

2200 Block

2216 W. Greenleaf Avenue

2238 W. Greenleaf Avenue

2246 W. Greenleaf Avenue

Lunt Avenue

2200 Block

2248 W. Lunt Avenue

2500 Block

2501 W. Lunt Avenue

Maplewood Avenue

6600 Block

6629 N. Maplewood Avenue

6631 N. Maplewood Avenue

6700 Block

6726 N. Maplewood Avenue

Morse Avenue

2500 Block

2534 W. Morse Avenue

2538 W. Morse Avenue

2544 W. Morse Avenue

Oakley Avenue

7200 Block

7220 N. Oakley Avenue

Pratt Boulevard

2200 Block

2216 W. Pratt Boulevard

Rockwell Street

6700 Block

6701 N. Rockwell Street

Talman Avenue

6500 Block

6515 N. Talman Avenue

Photos of Bungalows in Rogers Park

Arthur Avenue

RPWRHS photo S013-0309 shows a bungalow at 1715 W. Arthur Avenue in September 1979. No owner's name given.

RPWRHS photo S013-0347 shows a bungalow at 1703 W. Arthur Avenue in November 1981. No owner's name given.

RPWRHS photo S013-0348 shows the side view of a bungalow at 1703 W. Arthur Avenue in November 1981. No owner's name given.

Chase Avenue

RPWRHS photo S013-0310 shows a bungalow at 1855 W. Chase Avenue in September 1979. No owner name given.

Photos of Bungalows in West Ridge

Oakley Avenue

RPWRHS photo S013-0337 shows the front door of a bungalow at 7220 N. Oakley Avenue. October 1980.

RPWRHS photo S013-0338 shows the side yard of a bungalow at 7220 N. Oakley Avenue in October 1980. No owner name given.

RPWRHS photo S013-0440 shows the home of Ashish and Colleen Taylor Sen at 2557 W. Farwell Avenue taken in 1988.

RPWRHS photo S013-0655 shows the bungalow owned by Ashish and Colleen Taylor Sen at 2557 W. Farwell Avenue in June 1984.

RPWRHS photo S013-0719 shows the bungalow owned by Ashish and Colleen Taylor Sen at 2557 W. Farwell Avenue in June 1984.

Photos of Bungalows missing information

RPWRHS photo S013-0120 shows a bungalow in a snow drift with a hydrant in front. February 1979. No address given. No owner's name given.