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Clarke-Ford House


1827 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago IL 60616

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Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, 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. Following the death of her husband, Caroline Palmer Clarke, known as the “Widow Clarke,” developed the surrounding family land during the 1850s, which fostered the neighborhood’s growth and provided financial resources to complete unfinished portions of the house.

Group Amenities

Average Visit/Tour Length1 to 1.5 hours

Special Interest Tours Offered

ADA Compliant

Self-Parking AvailableOff-site

Hours of OperationTours: Noon and 2 p.m. Wed. - Sun.


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