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Prairie Avenue Historic District, Chicago

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The Prairie Avenue District is a historic district in the Near South Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. It includes the 1800 and 1900 blocks of South Prairie Avenue and the 1800 block of South Indiana, and 211-217 East Cullerton. It was the site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn and became the city's most fashionable residential district after the Great Chicago Fire. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on December 27, 1979. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1972. The John J. Glessner House, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1885–1886 at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, has been restored as a historic house museum and is open for public tours. In 2006, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, a non-profit organization was formed to provide representation for thousands of South Loop residents, including the Prairie District, Central Station and Museum Park, Motor Row, the South Michigan Ave Corridor, as well as other areas of the Near South Side.
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  • 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.  more »
  • It of really good to get out of the bustle of the Loop to visit a historic and very well preserved. The visit is facilitated by panels explaining the role and evolution of this neighborhood in Chicago. Easy access by public transport (bus and green line). Attention: the Clarke House visits are organized and not every day, find out before you go. Tip: don't hesitate to walk around this neighborhood to see a pretty residential area as well as a neighborhood in full gentrification which promises to become the place to be pretty soon!
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  • Spent an afternoon in this area, visiting the two homes you can visit. Not a big area, but interesting  more »