Clarke House Museum, Chicago
Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest house. The house shows what life was like for a family in Chicago during the city’s formative years before the Civil War. Its fascinating history began at a time when Chicago received its city charter and much of the area was still undeveloped prairie.Use our Chicago trip planner to visit Clarke House Museum on your trip to Chicago, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, furnished through the generosity of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Illinois.
Learn more about this gracious Greek Revival style house and plan your visit today.
Clarke House Museum Reviews
I still remember the first time I saw the Henry B. Clarke House. It was in 1977. The City of Chicago had purchased the house and moved it to its current location at 1827 South Indiana Avenue in the hi... more »
Visiting the oldest standing house in Chicago is a nice story but the house is just okay. The story of the Clarke family and how they struggled to save the house over the years is fascinating and real... more »
The tours are free and worth it for anyone interested in seeing the oldest house in Chicago. Some of the rooms have refurbished items that never belonged in the house. The tour guide was informative and super helpful.
Historic jewel not many know about. There are free tours available. The park and community gardens around the house are nice to visit as well.
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