Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative

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. The association offers a variety of financial and educational resources.

Benefits include:

  • Energy$avers grants of up to $4,000 for energy efficiency improvements; income-restricted
  • Free design guidelines to aid owners in maintaining the architectural character of their bungalows
  • Monthly “How-To” seminars and hands-on workshops on topics related to Bungalow rehab and restoration
  • Resource and Referral Guide 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 newsletter “Inside the Belt”

DPD mails information on possible financing and technical assistance to current and would-be owners of historic Chicago bungalows. The information includes details about purchase, restoration, modernization or enlargement of bungalows and other resources.  Click the button below to begin online.

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

For more information or to apply for membership, contact:

Historic Chicago Bungalow Association
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1125
Chicago, IL 60604


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