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Clarke House Museum


1827 S. Indiana Ave.
Enter via the porch stairs on the west side of the house, on Indiana Ave.


South Loop


Sat, Oct 16: 12pm - 4pm

Sun, Oct 17: 12pm - 4pm

Family Friendly Long Lines Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible




Clarke House is the oldest surviving structure within Chicago's original 1837 boundaries. It has operated as a house museum for over 30 years. It interprets the early history of Chicago and the city's extraordinary growth in the years leading up to the Civil War. Built for Henry and Caroline Clarke in 1836, the house is a classic example of Greek Revival architecture. Its elegant style represents the family's attempt to bring culture to the largely-undeveloped prairie. Over the years, the house has survived fires, belonged to a church, and was physically moved twice. During the second move, to its present site in the Chicago Women’s Park, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is furnished with beautiful period antiques from the collection of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois, and is now operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will be asked to join a short, 10-minute guided tour.

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