Interested in researching your own home? Click here for the City of Chicago’s step by step guide, “Your House Has A History” or here for a “House History Checklist” provided by the Sulzer Regional Library.
The Irving Park Historical Society (“IPHS“, now a part of OIPA) held its first House Walk 30 years ago on September 14, 1985. Within the welcome pages of its booklet, it described the origin of the IPHS, and the strong need for an organization to work to preserve the history and architecture of the area. Since 1985, there have been periodic updates resulting from more efficient research, or something occasionally found an attic or wall, and shared with the IPHS for the homeowners of the future.
The following are copies of IPHS House Walks as they appeared that year. Please continue to check the website for more House Walks to be added.