Chicago Bungalow Association

The Chicago-style bungalow was developed in the early 1900s in response to a pressing demand for owner-occupied housing during a period of dynamic growth in Chicago’s population and economic base. The Department of Housing (DOH) created the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association to help foster an appreciation of the Chicago Bungalow as a distinctive housing type, encourage sympathetic rehabilitation of Chicago bungalows, and assist bungalow owners with making their homes more energy efficient and adapting their homes to current needs, which in turn helps to strengthen Chicago bungalow neighborhoods. In 2017, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association changed its name to the Chicago Bungalow Association. The association offers a variety of financial and educational resources. As of 2015, owners of all single-family vintage homes (built at least 50 years ago) are eligible to apply for membership and benefits.

Benefits include:

  • Free energy efficiency retrofits through the Energy Savers program for eligible homeowners earning up to 80% of area median income (valued between $7,500 to $13,000 based on the needs of the individual home)
  • Free design guidelines to aid owners in maintaining the architectural character of their bungalows
  • Monthly “How-To” webinars and hands-on workshops on topics related to bungalow rehab and restoration
  • Resource and Referral Guide that lists crafts people, vendors and specialists in Bungalow restoration, rehab and energy efficiency improvements
  • Window Campaign offers informational resources to homeowners on how to maintain and preserve historic bungalow windows
  • The quarterly e-newsletter “Inside the Belt”

For additional benefits, combine your bungalow mortgage loan using the TaxSmart program. 

For more information or to apply for membership, contact:

Chicago Bungalow Association
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 740
Chicago, IL 60604

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