Slice of Life: The McCormick Row Houses


If you’re not a college student, you might not spend a lot of time around the intersection of West Fullerton Avenue and North Halsted Street.  But if you do happen to find yourself in the area, it’s worth wandering a block southwest to explore the McCormick Row House Landmark District

It’s one of the city’s smaller landmark districts, encompassing about a block-and-a-half of territory on either side of North Fremont Street.  But it’s a slice of Chicago life preserved, as described by a sign in the area:

These row houses were built in 1884-89 to provide rental income for McCormick Theological Seminary, which was located here at the time.  This residential community represents an excellent example of 19th-century design and site planning.



Location: McCormick Row Houses District, Sheffield Neighbors



Author: Editor

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