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The Wheeler Mansion

Address

2020 S. Calumet Ave.

Neighborhood

South Loop

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: 10am - 5pm

Long Lines Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available

Architect

Otis T. Wheelock, 1870

Description

This is the only surviving historic mansion on Calumet Avenue. The Wheeler Mansion was built in 1870 for Calvin T. Wheeler, a banker and a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. It was designed in the Second Empire style, influences of which are seen in the tall third-story mansard roof. Over the years, the mansion has been home to a publishing company, a warehouse for the Murphy Butter and Egg Company and more. The current owner acquired the property in 1997 for $10,000 then spent 18 months renovating and restoring the vacant and crumbling building. Wheeler Mansion reopened in 1999. It is now a boutique hotel with 11 guest rooms and suites. In 1998, it was designated a Chicago Landmark.

Visitor Experience

The entire mansion will be open for touring. Guided tours are available and volunteers will be available to answer questions.