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"In some parts of Chicago, you can walk for blocks and blocks looking at rows of Chicago bungalows, which are as much an icon of Chicago architecture as the more imposing downtown buildings"

- Rodkin, Dennis. "What’s That Building? Chicago Icons: Bungalows." WBEZ Chicago. August 17, 2023.

“The uniformity of bungalows — often the first home a family owned — helped to moderate the sectarian identities of the immigrants pouring into the city. No matter if they were from Italy, Ireland, Poland, or Ukraine, once you’ve trimmed your hedges and lofted a spare bedroom into the attic, 'the bungalows really did help people to feel like Chicagoans,' says Mary Ellen Guest, executive director of the Chicago Bungalow Association."


- Mortice, Zach. "Chicago’s Bungalows Are Where the City Comes Together." Bloomberg CityLab.  February 9, 2022.

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July 19, 2024

Englewood Artist Tonika Johnson Raising $500,000 To Help More Black Families Fix Their Homes

Block Club Chicago

South Side social justice artist Tonika Lewis Johnson is fundraising to boost her effort to fix family homes in Englewood and uplift the legacy of Black homeowners. Johnson is raising $500,000 for unBlocked Englewood, which she created last year. Johnson partnered with the Chicago Bungalow Association and the Englewood Arts Collective to revitalize homes and beautify vacant lots on the block. 

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July 19, 2024

Spend The Day Among Flowers And Butterflies On The BAPA Garden Walk

Patch Chicago

Whether you’re a dedicated gardener seeking new information, a hobby gardener looking for ideas, or a plant lover longing for a day among flowers and butterflies, you will find innovation, inspiration, and just plain fun at the Beverly Area Planning Association’s 5th Annual Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk, Sun., July 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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July 9, 2024

BAPA to host annual Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk

The Beverly Review

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) will host its fifth annual Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk on Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Garden Walk begins with check-in at the Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., where people are welcome to walk among the beautiful plantings and observe butterflies and bees.


June 17, 2024

8th Annual Bungalow Garden Contest

Austin Weekly News

The Chicago Bungalow Association is taking submissions for the 8th Annual Bungalow Garden Contest, through July 3. This year’s contest categories have increased, and there are now five new categories for Chicago homeowners to enter their wood frame, stucco, or brick bungalow gardens in. Cash prizes have increased this year, with runners-up earning $250 and category winners getting a $500 cash prize.


June 11, 2024

CBA seeks garden contest entries

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) Bungalow Garden Contest, in its eighth year, celebrates the hard work of bungalow owners across Chicago who beautify their blocks with inspiring home gardens, demonstrating how gardens can enhance a home’s architecture, promote a healthier ecosystem and uplift a community. All bungalows in Chicago are eligible to enter, whether the bungalow is brick, stucco or wood frame.

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May 21, 2024

Free Energy Services and Improvements

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association, in partnership with ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, provides customers with free home energy services and improvements. The program offers a free “Home Energy Savings Assessment” to identify ways to help manage energy use that may include free and discounted energy-saving products. Weatherization improvements may be available to eligible...


April 30, 2024

BAPA set to present fifth annual Garden Walk

The Beverly Review

Among this year’s confirmed gardens are a 2023 Chicago Bungalow Association Garden Award-winning yard featuring a large, lively pond, eclectic garden architecture and decor, and abundant plantings in the ground and in pots...

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April 30, 2024

Chicago Bungalow Association to host webinar

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association will host “Protecting Your Property for the Future” on Monday, May 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. Michael Stone, legal director with the Center for Disability and Elder Law, will discuss estate planning and different ways to transfer property after you pass away, what you need to know about property fraud, and more.

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April 23, 2024

Only Half Of Black Seniors Approved For Home Repair Or Refinance Loans To Age In Place

Block Club Chicago

Chicago’s legacy of racial segregation and redlining by banks influences access to mortgage lending, harming older Black neighbors who want to age in place and pass on generational wealth.


April 15, 2024

Harris Poll: Great Lakes residents feel ready for flooding. They better be right.

Crain's Chicago Business

Roughly one-quarter of Great Lakes region residents have experienced flooding from extreme weather events in the past five years, according to a new Harris Poll survey. Most feel ready to handle future flooding, our poll shows — and they had better be, because more is coming.

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April 10, 2024

A public art project is repairing the damage of racist housing practices in Englewood

Axios Chicago

Artist and activist Tonika Lewis Johnson's "unBlocked Englewood" project is literally repairing the damage a racist housing practice, known as land sale contracts, has done to Chicago's Black neighborhoods. Johnson teamed up with Chicago Bungalow Association to perform deferred maintenance like repairing roofs and broken pipes for homeowners affected by land sale contracts...

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April 3, 2024

Chatham, Bronzeville Events Aim To Help Homeowners And Boost Home Sales On The South Side

Block Club Chicago

The Chesterfield Community Council and City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin will host events that offer free services to current and aspiring homeowners. There are a myriad of resources offered by the city, state and local groups like the Chicago Bungalow Association that help homeowners attain and maintain their homes. 

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March 26, 2024

Bungalow association offers free April webinars

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) will host free webinars in April. “Planting Your First Native Garden” will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. “Building Permit Basics for Chicago Homeowners” will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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March 12, 2024

Chicago Bungalow Association to host two webinars

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) will host a webinar “All about Cook Country Tax Exemptions” on Monday, March 18, from 6 to 7 p.m... The CBA will host “Basement Flooding: Reducing the Risk on Your Property” on Wednesday, March 20, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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March 1, 2024

UnBlocked Englewood repairs homes to help rewrite decades of housing discrimination

ABC7 Chicago

Tonika Lewis Johnson is repairing homes in the Englewood neighborhood, with the help of Chicago Bungalow Association, in order to rewrite decades of housing discrimination.


February 26, 2024

Bringing Clean Energy Home: Lessons learned from electrifying 100 homes and how you can make the transition

Illinois PIRG

Elevate partnered with ComEd’s Whole Home Electrification Pilot and the Chicago Bungalow Association to electrify 166 single and multi family units in Illinois. Through these projects, Elevate learned that weatherizing your home is essential.


February 26, 2024

Social Justice Artist Fights to Keep Black Families in Chicago Homes

NBC News Now

Activists in Chicago are working to fix longstanding discriminatory housing policies in Black communities. The project has revitalized 22 vacant lots and helped nearly 75 residents. Artist Tonika Lewis Johnson, Chicago Bungalow Association's Carla Bruni, Englewood Arts Collective's Janell Nelson, block resident Melvin Walls, and researcher Amber Hendley speak with NBC Now.

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February 9, 2024

What It Means If You See A Concrete Goose In Someone's Yard


You may be wondering how geese became symbolic of protection and bravery. Farmers are reportedly responsible for giving them this reputation, per the Chicago Bungalow Association.


February 1, 2024

ComEd Encourages Residential Customers to Apply for New EV Charger and Installation Rebate


“Rebates are key to making EV ownership more accessible in our communities,” said Mary Ellen Guest, Executive Director of the Chicago Bungalow Association. “This program will help our members, especially those on the South and West sides of the City, to add in-home charging to further reduce reliance on fossil fuels on the road.”


January 25, 2024

How An Englewood Artist And Activist Is Helping Black Families Keep Their Homes

Block Club Chicago

Through “unBlocked Englewood,” Tonika Lewis Johnson and the Chicago Bungalow Association are paying for home repairs along one block, which the organizer hopes can help reverse decades of discriminatory housing policies.

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January 15, 2024

Project Aims to Repair Englewood Homes, Combat Disinvestment Through the Arts


To do this, Tonika Lewis Johnson partnered with the Chicago Bungalow Association to help take care of the overdue improvements. So far, they’ve been able to fix roofs, broken pipes, drywall and more, leading to more comfortable living conditions for residents.

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January 15, 2024

UnBlocked Englewood on Channel 11 Chicago Tonight

WTTW Chicago Tonight

Artist Tonika Lewis Johnson and Chicago Bungalow Association's Carla Bruni talked with Brandis Friedman about UnBlocked Englewood on Channel 11 WTTW's Chicago Tonight.

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January 5, 2024

Repairing homes as a form of public art, Tonika Lewis Johnson helps Englewood reinvest in the disinvested

Chicago Tribune

Artist Tonika Lewis Johnson is working on unBlocked Englewood, an effort to showcase the transformative power that emerges when a community unites to heal and uplift. Partnering with the Chicago Bungalow Association, Johnson is working with residents along one block to beautify and revitalize 22 vacant lots and 24 residential buildings, and aiding about 75 residents in the process.


November 30, 2023

Austin bungalow wins Driehaus award

Austin Weekly News

It’s hard to imagine a couple better suited to owning and restoring an historic Chicago bungalow than Katrina and Mike Morrissey. Over the last decade, they have lovingly restored their Austin home, bringing back some of the original character, which had disappeared over the years. They also got married, added three children to their family and did that lion’s share of the restoration work themselves, while holding down jobs in other fields.


November 30, 2023

Austin bungalow wins Driehaus award

Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest

It’s hard to imagine a couple better suited to owning and restoring an historic Chicago bungalow than Katrina and Mike Morrissey. Over the last decade, they have lovingly restored their Austin home, bringing back some of the original character, which had disappeared over the years. They also got married, added three children to their family and did that lion’s share of the restoration work themselves, while holding down jobs in other fields.

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November 21, 2023

Local homeowners win awards for bungalows

The Beverly Review

One family took home top honors for the second time, and another family did the same on its first try. The Kiper and Garcia families, both of Beverly, earned first place in the 19th annual Driehaus Bungalow Awards, hosted by the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA). The Kipers were honored in the small-project category for remodeling their mud room, while the Garcias were tops in the exterior-rehabilitation category after updating their porch.

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November 18, 2023

This Experiment Undid Our Cities. How Do We Fix It?

Strong Towns

When we replaced our traditional pattern of development with the Suburban Experiment, there were some unforeseen consequences. Why did we do it, and how can we fix it?


November 15, 2023

The Chicago Two-Flat: Building a Better City

at Home with @Properties

Whether it was rebuilding the city following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, reversing the Chicago River and the deadly pollution of drinking water by 1900, or finding solutions to many current-day issues, Chicago has, time and again, found a way to adapt and move forward. The rise of the two-flat is a perfect example.

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November 3, 2023

Will gas stoves become a thing of the past in Chicago?

WBEZ Chicago

In 2021, Bassett-Dilley decarbonized the bungalow by cutting natural gas connections completely in the poorly insulated house. In the basement, a new mechanical system pumps heat in the winter and cool air during the summer. In the kitchen, the gas stove is gone. He quickly simmers chicken bones for a broth on top of his induction stove, a special type of electric cooktop.

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October 17, 2023

Chicago Bungalow Assoc. to host seminar Oct. 24

The Beverly Review

“Property Inspections: What to Know When Buying a Home” will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tonika Johnson, creator of the Folded Map and Inequity for Sale projects, will highlight the challenges that come with buying a home and finding reputable inspectors... Phil Gould, owner and operator of Property Guidance Inspection, will discuss what a thorough property inspection should cover, what to keep in mind when working with inspectors, and why a property inspection is important when buying a home. 


September 24, 2023

Chicago architects dish on their most, least favorite buildings

The Real Deal

In a city so frequently lauded for its architecture, what makes any one building the favorite—or least favorite—of someone who practices the trade? For some of Greater Chicago’s top architects, it comes down to the way the structures mirror their surroundings... or don’t contribute to them, like a windowless parking garage.


September 12, 2023

Bungalows sought for awards

The Beverly Review

Nominations are now being accepted for the Chicago Bungalow Association 19th annual Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards. Homeowners can nominate their Chicago bungalow home improvement projects for a chance to win up to $1,000 in seven categories. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 27.

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September 3, 2023

Electric heating in vintage Chicago homes, including bungalows and two-flats, could greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Chicago Tribune

In 2021, Raby enrolled in a study that aims to show that Chicago’s vintage homes can slash their greenhouse gas emissions — and lower their utility bills — by weatherproofing and switching to high-efficiency electric appliances.


August 29, 2023

Chicago couple transforms front lawn into award-winning garden

Fox 32 Chicago

Who says bigger is better? One city-sized garden is getting special recognition and paying off for a Jefferson Park couple.

Jessica Grzegorski and Bradon Webb won first place in the 7th Annual Chicago Bungalow Association Garden Contest.


August 26, 2023

Jefferson Park bungalow honored for its front garden

Nadig Newspapers

Two Jefferson Park residents recently won the Chicago Bungalow Association’s annual award for the best front garden for bungalows.

Jessica Grzegorski and Bradon Webb moved into their bungalow near Lawrence and Austin avenues in 2019 and spent several seasons replacing their grass lawn with more than 40 types of native perennials and compact shrubs, according to the association.


August 22, 2023

This Jefferson Park Garden Is Attracting Pollinators And Winning Awards

Block Club Chicago

Jessica Grzegorski and Bradon Webb, who spent two years transforming their front lawn into a native plant oasis, won the Chicago Bungalow Association’s annual garden contest.

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August 17, 2023

What’s That Building? Chicago Icons: Bungalows

WBEZ Chicago

In some parts of Chicago, you can walk for blocks and blocks looking at rows of Chicago bungalows, which are as much an icon of Chicago architecture as the more imposing downtown buildings we’ve covered in this series. Walk along the 8300 to 8500 blocks of South May Street in Auburn Gresham and you’ll spot many of the varieties. 


August 1, 2023

Local gardens earn honors in CBA contest

The Beverly Review

Patricia Mills’ backyard is an oasis of flowers and decorations, with plants so numerous that it’s difficult to keep track. And for her efforts in creating such natural beauty in an urban neighborhood, the Morgan Park resident was recently honored by the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA).


June  29, 2023

Advancing Equity Recap: A Three-Part Series Exploring the Homeownership Gap

The Chicago Community Trust

In May, the Trust completed a three-part series on the homeownership gap as part of Advancing Equity, an ideas exchange that brings together various stakeholders to take deeper dives into topics connected to the racial and ethnic wealth gap.

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June 26, 2023

56 Homes Now Fully Electric Through ComEd Low Income Whole Home Electrification Program


To date, 56 single family homes have been retrofitted as part of ComEd's Whole Home Electrification program, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to convert single family and multi-unit homes to energy-saving, all-electric heating and cooling systems and appliances.

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December 6, 2022

Bungalow steps up to earn award for porch restoration

The Beverly Review

The front porch of John and Kathleen Daly’s brick bungalow was in major disrepair. The first two steps “were in really bad shape,” John said, and the main porch area had a large crack. However, thanks to a year of labor, part of it by John, the porch is now better than ever. John and Kathleen Daly, of Beverly, show their award from Chicago Bungalow Association for the exterior rehab of their porch.

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October 11, 2022

Hermosa Makes Debut In Open House Chicago: ‘A Beautiful Neighborhood Well Worth The Exploration’

Block Club Chicago

For the first time, people can explore architectural and cultural gems in Hermosa as part of Open House Chicago, an annual festival dedicated to the city’s “architectural discoveries and delights.”

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Fall 2022

Researching the history of your home in Chicago

Billdr Magazine

Interested in learning about your Chicago home? Learn about the resources available throughout the city and online with advice from the city’s experts.

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September 26, 2022

CBA on Money Monday

The Brunch Bunch on 1390 AM WGRB

The Brunch Bunch airs "It’s Money Monday with L&S Developments!" Today’s guest will be Carla Bruni from the @chicagobungalow and she will be speaking specifically about free services you can get for your home. We will be providing you with resources and hot topics, all day, right on Inspiration AM 1390! 


September 16, 2022

A TikTok Historian And Englewood Artist Are Launching South Side Neighborhood Tours To 'Change The Perspectives'

Block Club Chicago

Chicago’s famed urban historian and an award-winning social justice artist are joining forces to take neighbors on tours exploring the history of Greater Englewood. Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, best known as 6figga_dilla on TikTok, and Folded Map Project founder Tonika Johnson will host the Greater Englewood History Tour this month.

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August 29, 2022

CBA on Money Monday

The Brunch Bunch on 1390 AM WGRB

The Brunch Bunch airs "It’s Money Monday with L&S Developments!" Today’s guest will be Carla Bruni from the @chicagobungalow and she will be speaking specifically about free services you can get for your home. We will be providing you with resources and hot topics, all day, right on Inspiration AM 1390! 

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August 22, 2022

Work from home, work on your home, and more

Chicago Reader

New homeowner of an older home? In case you don’t have the innate skills of, say, Norm from This Old House, you may want to look for advice about doing things like getting your electrical system up to date.

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July 25, 2022

Check Out These ‘Victory Gardens’: Winners Announced in Chicago Bungalow Garden Contest


Chicago throws a lot at its gardeners: It’s either too dry or too wet. Too hot or too cold. Too sunny or too shady. So a tip of the hat to all the green thumbs who persevere, and a special round of applause to the winners of this year’s Chicago Bungalow Association garden awards, announced Monday. 

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July 8, 2022

You Be the Judge: Vote for Chicago’s Best Bungalow Gardens


This year’s finalists come from every corner of Chicago and their styles run the gamut, from folks who’ve learned how to make the most of their shady lot to new homeowners testing their green thumb for the first time.

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June 22, 2022

The Chicago Bungalow Association is making the city’s vintage homes more energy-efficient

Yale Climate Connections

In Chicago, many streets are lined with small, brick homes with big windows and wide low-pitched roofs. They’re known as Chicago bungalows. “They are about a third of our single-family housing stock here. There are over 80,000 of them, we think,” says Carla Bruni of the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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November 28, 2022

Portage Park Bungalow Owners Awarded For Preserving History With Rehab Projects

Block Club Chicago

The longtime Portage Park resident is one of two neighborhood bungalow owners who received awards this month for home improvement work as part of the Driehaus Bungalow Awards.

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June 9, 2022

Entries Now Open for Annual Chicago Bungalow Garden Contest


Chicago gardeners, here's a chance for you to show off your green thumbs. Entries are now open, through June 29, for the annual Bungalow Garden Contest, held by the Chicago Bungalow Association. 


May 31, 2022

Chicago-Style Bungalow Vs. Detroit-Style Bungalow: What's The Difference?

House Digest

Are all bungalows the same? Let's take a closer look. Although styles vary from place to place, they may not be limited to their original location. But how do these designs differ with cities like Chicago and Detroit only a few hours away from each other?

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April 2022

Ravenswood Manor Neighbors Earn Driehaus Awards

Manor News

Since its inception in 2005, The Driehaus Bungalow Awards have been given by the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) with support from the Driehaus Foundation to bungalow homeowners for excellence in seven categories of home renovation, restoration, and improvement.


February 9, 2022


In Chicago, there are plenty of reasons for South Side residents to keep Northsiders at arm’s length. This includes the North Side’s nonsensical lack of numbered streets, opposed baseball fandoms, and the outsized power of the city’s wealthier half — an imbalance that has created one of the most striking geographic divides between rich and poor, white and Black, in American urban life.


October 21, 2021

Good to Know| BAPA The Villager Neighborhood News E-Update 

Beverly Area Planning Association

Nominations for The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA)17th annual Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards are open to CBA-certified brick bungalows for projects completed in the last five years in Exterior Rehabilitation, Interior Rehabilitation, Interior Restoration, Small Project, Green Project, Landscape Design, and Window Restoration.


October 14, 2021

Community Connection| BAPA The Villager Neighborhood News E-Update 

Beverly Area Planning Association

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards for home and landscape improvements in seven categories. Deadline is Oct. 26.

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October 08, 2021

The days of ‘set it and forget it’ homeowners insurance are fading fast. Here’s why protecting your home is more complicated than ever.

Chicago Tribune

The days of “set it and forget it” homeowners insurance are fading fast. Climate-change-driven weather, deteriorating water infrastructure, and the burst of home improvements driven by the remote-work trend all complicate the calculations for obtaining sufficient insurance for one’s house and its contents.

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October 5, 2021

Chicago Bungalow Assoc. will host virtual seminar

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) will host “Winter is Coming: Weatherize Your Vintage Abode” a virtual seminar, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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September, 2021

Take a walking tour of Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood

Choose Chicago

Welcome to our new series of self-guided Chicago Greeter tours, presented by Bank of America. Each walking tour is created by a knowledgeable local to showcase their favorite hidden gems and fascinating history behind Chicago’s unique neighborhoods.

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September 14, 2021

Bungalow association to host ‘Great Gardens’

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) will host a webinar, “Great Gardens From Harvest to Holiday,” on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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August 3, 2021

Local garden earns award in annual CBA contest

The Beverly Review

Barbara Gyarmathy, of Beverly, was runner-up the rear/side garden category in the fifth annual Bungalow Garden Contest held by the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA).

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July 30, 2021

Best Bungalow Garden Winners Announced


The Chicago Bungalow Association has announced the winners of its fifth annual garden contest, with winners spread across the city’s extensive bungalow belt.

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June 23, 2021

Calling All Green Thumbs: Entries Open for Chicago Bungalow Garden Contest


The Chicago Bungalow Association’s annual garden contest, now in its fifth year, has blossomed into a highly anticipated event. This year’s contest is sure to be more competitive than ever, with expanded eligibility and the doubling of winners’ cash prizes.

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June 10, 2021

I want to save a historic Chicago home. I’m up against developers who would rather raze it

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago is losing its historic homes at an alarming rate. The city places few restrictions on developers with bulldozers and deep pockets.

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March 23, 2021

Urban gardens topic for webinar

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association will host a webinar, “Big Plans for Small Urban Gardens,” on Thursday, April 8, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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February 4, 2021

Gage Park Historic Bungalow District Added to National Register for Historic Places


Twelve Illinois sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020, including Gage Park’s Historic Bungalow District on the city’s Southwest Side.

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January 21, 2021

Basement-to-Tiki Bar Conversion Wins Bungalow Association’s ‘COVID Creativity’ Award


People’s houses have been pulling double and triple duty this past year. In the face of these added demands, plenty of folks found their abodes lacking. To reward the efforts of inventive DIY-ers, the Chicago Bungalow Association added a “COVID Creativity” category to its Driehaus Awards, which are handed out annually.

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January 15, 2021

12 Illinois sites added to National Register of Historic Places in 2020


The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties that merit special attention and preservation and features at least one property or historic district from each county in Illinois. 

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December 29, 2020

Start the new year by getting help buying or repairing your home

Austin Talks

The Chicago Bungalow Association has an “Energy Savers” program that helps pay the costs of insulation and other energy-saving measures that cut monthly energy bills. Each year, the group helps the owners of about 700 homes.

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December 18, 2020

Build Your Own Vintage Bungalow Furniture

Chicago Magazine

If you own a classic Chicago bungalow, there are a lot of resources for taking care of it in an aesthetically appropriate manner — from the exterior bricks and steps to the floors, walls, and trim. Every year, the Driehaus bungalow awards are a nice introduction to people who are doing it right.

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October 20, 2020

Chicago Bungalow Assoc. to host repair webinars

The Beverly Review

The Chicago Bungalow Association will host two upcoming webinars.

The Unique Heating and Cooling Requirements of Chicago Bungalows will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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September 17, 2020

Chicago Tribune

After canceling a Memorial Day parade and run, a bicycle race and a tour of homes, Beverly Area Planning Association officials decided its only communitywide event for 2020 would be an in-person affair, albeit with plenty of room for social distancing. It turned out to be a perfect time for a garden walk.

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September 1, 2020

BAPA undaunted by cancellations

The Beverly Review

Making the best out of a bad situation is a way of life in the days of COVID-19, and the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is doing just that. After the annual Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade were postponed from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the 40-plus-year tradition was officially canceled recently. The same goes for the annual BAPA Home Tour.

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August 27, 2020

Chicago Tribune

The Beverly Area Planning Association will host the Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13, featuring private gardens and don’t miss points of interest throughout the neighborhood. Tickets are $20 in advance at or $25 on the day of the event.

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August 25, 2020

BAPA to host first garden walk

The Beverly Review

Everything has lined up perfectly for the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) to host its first garden walk. After several other events had to be canceled because of COVID-19, the inaugural BAPA Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk, set for Sunday, Sept. 13, will allow BAPA to showcase the community, bring residents together and support the local economy.

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August 4, 2020

CBA awards efforts of local homeowners

The Beverly Review

A resident of Morgan Park living in the home where her mother raised her, Maul and her husband, Al Schmitt, were named winners in the fourth annual Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) Bungalow Garden Contest on July 27, taking top honors in the front garden category.

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July 23, 2020

Bad At Sports

In this virtual conversation, Tonika Lewis Johnson will discuss how she uses her creativity to explore urban segregation in Chicago with her Folded Map™ Project and how it can serve as a resource for understanding, an empathy generator, and a conduit for action. Learn more about the #FoldedMapProject at

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July 13, 2020

Who’s Got the Best Garden in Chicago’s Bungalow Belt? You Be the Judge


The handiwork of Chicago’s gardeners has never been more appreciated than during this very weird year, when walks through the city’s neighborhoods have been many folks’ only source of entertainment or change of scenery. The Chicago Bungalow Association is holding its fourth annual garden contest, and you get to be the judge.

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July 1, 2020

Solar Builder Magazine

From Energy News Network: The Illinois Solar for All program was slow to start in part because of its complexity and consumer safeguards. Having always been “the go-green types,” Debra Earl and her husband last summer decided they wanted to get solar panels on the bungalow where they’ve lived for 22 years on Chicago’s South Side.

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May 1, 2020

Building Philanthropy

Sheridan Road Magazine

“Richard is possibly the only philanthropist who understands the power of ‘home,’ and he believes in the importance of our work, which helps low- and moderate-income homeowners stay in their homes, care for their families, and protect what is often their only financial asset,” says Mary Ellen Guest, executive director of the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA).

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April 30, 2020

What to plant in Chicago for a thriving garden this spring

Curbed Chicago

Signs of spring are peeking out in Chicago. There’s more daylight—thankfully. Daffodils are blooming in front yards. Magnolia trees are showing their pink and white flowers. Forsythia plants are glowing bright yellow. It might have you itching to go freshen up your own outdoor space. Whether you’re in a bungalow with a backyard or courtyard apartment that has a little deck, there’s a way to get beautiful greenery.

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April 20, 2020

Lights Off! Virtual Earth Day Event

Patch Media

Here's a simple way to celebrate Earth Day while we're all at home.

The Chicago Bungalow Association is hosting their second annual Bungalow Blackout, and giving Chicagoans a chance to win $250 for helping the environment.


April 9, 2020

Four Chicago Starter Homes for $300,000 or Less

Chicago Magazine

In Chicago, the affordable single-family starter home is increasingly rare.

Though the local housing market has been flat for months, options anywhere remotely near the city’s central core remain out of reach for most first-time buyers.

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April 8, 2020

Built in 1926, West Rogers Park ‘bungalow mansion’ asks $685K

Curbed Chicago

In West Rogers Park, this “bungalow mansion” features an oversized version of the classic Chicago home style. The neighborhood is part of the city’s historic Bungalow Belt where thousands of bungalows were built in the 1910s and 1920s. 

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March 19, 2020

10 Chicago experts to follow if you love beautiful homes

Curbed Chicago

Curious about homebuying in Chicago? A great place to get familiar with what to expect in the city is to follow the experts on social media. While there are lots of brokers on Instagram and Twitter, we’ve hand picked a few who offer more than just feed of their recent listings.

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January 22, 2020

A woman built this bungalow—in 1916

Crain's Chicago Business 

A Portage Park bungalow that came on the market today was built by a female homebuilder, a rarity in Chicago in 1916 (and even now, for that matter). The four-bedroom bungalow on Laramie Avenue “is very striking when you walk in,” said Alex Lucas, who bought the house in 2017 from a family who’d owned the home for more than half a century.

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October 10, 2019

Chicago Bungalow Awards: Nominations Sought For Best Projects

Patch Media

Nominations are sought for the 15th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow awards. Created by the Chicago Bungalow Association with the support of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the awards honor the creativity and efforts of bungalow owners for home improvement and restoration projects both large and small.

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August 8, 2019

Here Are Chicago’s Best Bungalow Gardens, As Picked By 3,700 Voters

Block Club Chicago

Weiner’s Wrigley Field-themed garden, complete with an ivy-covered brick wall, won this year’s best rear or side garden category in the third annual Bungalow Garden Contest organized by the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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August 2, 2019

Delight in these award-winning bungalow gardens

Curbed Chicago

For the third year in a row, the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) has sought out the best gardens and awarded top prizes to homeowners with particularly green thumbs. There aren’t any landscape architects cultivating these flowery window boxes and verdant yards—that’s what makes the already perfect gardens so charming.

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June 26, 2019

Why does South Shore resist gentrification?

Crain's Chicago Business

Between 1960 and 1970, the racial makeup of South Shore, the lakefront neighborhood between 67th and 79th streets, went from 90 percent white and 10 percent black to 28 percent white and 58 percent black.

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May 21, 2019

Where to Buy Now: The Architecture Buff’s Edition

Chicago Magazine 

They’re the bungalows, flats, and towers that define the look of this city. Here’s the lowdown on where to find the very best examples.

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May 9, 2019

A writer comes home to ever-changing South Shore to find the middle class disappearing

Chicago Tribune

Carlo Rotella returned to his old neighborhood the other day, another silent Saturday morning in South Shore, the kind of day when the clang of a passing train is the only clamor. The occasion for the visit was his latest book, a portrait of South Shore, “The World is Always Coming to an End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood.”

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May 4, 2019

Home tour in Beverly, Morgan Park now includes expo as well as notable houses, Bethany church

Chicago Tribune

The annual Beverly Area Planning Association home tour returns to the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods May 19 with the addition of an expo to connect visitors to contractors knowledgeable in design, home restoration, and eco-friendly services.

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April 18, 2019

Bungalow Blackout': Vintage Homes Go Lights Out On Earth Day

Patch Media

Owners of Chicago bungalows and other classic homes in the city are asked to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour - 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. - on Earth Day, April 22. The Chicago Bungalow Association's "Bungalow Blackout" is inspired by Earth Hour, a global event centered on a mass electricity turn off during the same hour once a year.

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April 15, 2019

Turn Off Your Lights For An Hour On Earth Day And You Could Win $100 During ‘Bungalow Blackout’

Block Club Chicago

The Chicago Bungalow Association is offering residents a chance to win $100 for helping the environment on Earth Day.

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February 15, 2019

Four Bungalows for Sale on the Northwest Side

Chicago Magazine

There’s a reason why the Chicago bungalow is such a popular choice with today’s families. The quaint brick homes, noted for their large front windows and walk-up entrances, have held up as affordable options for buyers who care about character as much as living space. Built en masse between the the World Wars, Chicago bungalows were, and very much remain, a symbol of the city’s burgeoning working class.

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February 11, 2019

Bungalow beauty: Northwest Side swath of the humble homes is listed on National Register of Historic Places

Chicago Tribune

“The ubiquitous Chicago bungalow is snug, sensible, ugly and reassuring,” Tribune architecture critic Paul Gapp wrote in 1980. “It suggests that treasured old middle-class value systems still survive.”

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January 14, 2019

‘These homes represented the American ideal’: How Chicago bungalow owners cherish — and renovate — their historic houses

Chicago Tribune

Troy Bryant knew things had to change when he saw the facade of his South Shore bungalow on a “We Buy Ugly Houses” commercial in April 2018. He watched the spot in the wee hours of the morning with his wife, DeLisa.

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January 3, 2019

The Story of the Iconic Chicago Home


We often hear about the white-picket-fence suburban home as the epitome of the mid-to-late twentieth century American Dream, but there was an earlier exemplar of middle-class American – specifically Chicagoan – striving: the bungalow.

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December 10, 2018

Bungalow Improvement Projects Recognized

Patch Media

Sixteen recent bungalow addition projects in the city of Chicago were recognized this week as the 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Award winners. The winners were selected as part of the annual Chicago Bungalow Association contest that honors the creativity and efforts of homeowners for the work they’ve done in interior and exterior renovations, restoration and landscape design.

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July 9, 2018

Battle Brewing Over Chicago's Bungalows

CBS News

Many of Chicago's bungalows pre-date World War Two and targeted the exploding American middle class. The bungalow homes are described as humble and iconic, but recently there has been a clash between keeping their design's heritage and keeping up with the expanding housing demands.

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July 6, 2018

Free energy-saving upgrades available for some Oak Forest homeowners

Chicago Tribune

Some owners of older homes in Oak Forest could be in line for thousands of dollars in energy-saving upgrades under a program being rolled out by ComEd and the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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June 28, 2018

Association Campaigns to Stop Bungling Bungalows

Beverly Area Planning Association

We’ve all seen them: Classic Chicago bungalows with “pop out” roof additions that don’t come close to matching the architectural design and distinction of these classic homes, and frequently are lower quality than the original house.

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June 13, 2018

Bungalow Expansion Project Offers Alternatives To Pop-Tops

Patch Media

The Chicago Bungalow Association has unveiled their Bungalow Expansion Project, a response to second-story “pop-top” additions on bungalows. Six addition ideas are outlined as ways for bungalow owners in the city to keep their home's historical value while also adding space and convenience.

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June 12, 2018

No more bungled bungalows

Crain's Chicago Business

Two years after declaring a hashtag war against ugly second-floor additions to classic Chicago bungalows, an advocacy group is unveiling a package of design ideas for what it considers better-looking alternatives.

"We're showing that you can maximize the space without dropping a big square box on top of that detailed (single-story) bungalow and ruining the look" of the traditional facade, said Manuel Hernandez.

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December 15, 2017

Gush over these Chicago bungalow renovations

Curbed Chicago

The little Chicago bungalow might be modest, but nearly 80,000 of these vintage homes exist in the city. Members of the Chicago Bungalow Association offered up some of their best renovations for the 13th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards.

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October 24, 2017

Bungalows sought for awards

The Beverly Review

It’s time to celebrate Chicago’s historic bungalows and their owners’ dedication to renovating and restoring them with the 13th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards.

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October 6, 2017

Proud Of Your Bungalow? Nominate It For Annual Restoration/Renovation Award

DNA Info

Whether tackling small restoration projects or wholesale renovations, Chicago's bungalow owners share a common passion for preserving the city's historic homes. Every year, the Chicago Bungalow Association honors the best of those efforts with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards, which are handed out in a number of categories.

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October 5, 2017

Bungalow Association Seeks Nominations For Driehaus Awards

Patch Media

Bungalow owners in Beverly and throughout the city of Chicago can now enter their home for a chance to win $1,000 as part of the 13th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards created by the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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August 15, 2017

Berwyn bungalow lovers want to #Stopthepop

Chronicle Media

Architectural purists call them "pop tops." Developers call them "deluxe full second-story additions." A reminder of the recession and housing rehabbing frenzy, many vintage streetscapes of Chicago and pre-war suburbs have a house or two that has been remodeled with a complete tear-off of the second floor. Many have a "structurally overwhelming" design, say members of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

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August 8, 2017

Residents win in garden contest

The Beverly Review

Pamela Dallas, of Morgan Park, was named one of the winners of the inaugural Chicago Bungalow Association Garden Contest, taking first place in the rear/side garden category.

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August 4, 2017

Check Out These Award-Winning Gardens In Beverly And Morgan Park

DNA Info

Residents of Beverly and Morgan Park are among the winners of the Chicago Bungalow Association's first Bungalow Garden Contest.

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Jul 31, 2017

Beverly Couple Among Bungalow Garden Contest Winners

Patch Media

A Beverly couple and Morgan Park woman were among the winners of the Chicago Bungalow Association's first ever garden contest. Voting for the contest, dubbed "Bungalow Garden Contest: You Be the Judge!," took place from July 25-28 and garnered nearly 5,000 votes.

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July 26, 2017

Who Has The Best Bungalow Garden In Chicago? Here's How To Vote

DNA Info

The Chicago Bungalow Association is recruiting a few hundred thousand judges for its inaugural garden contest. The association has opened up online voting to the general public through noon Friday. Armchair critics will decide the winners in three categories: front gardens, side/rear gardens and window/planter boxes.

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July 24, 2017

Best Chicago Bungalow Gardens Contest Begins Tuesday

Patch Media

The Chicago Bungalow Association will hold a contest to find the best bungalow gardens in the city. Voting for the contest will begin at noon on Tuesday, July 25 and continue through Wednesday, July 26 according to Angela Pauldine, director of communications for the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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May 1, 2017

Best Bungalows in Beverly: Nominate Your Home

Patch Media

One of the features that makes Chicago more unique than any other major American metropolis is its historic homes. In the mid 20th century, bungalows were dominant on the South Side (the Bungalow Belt) and neighborhoods like Beverly remain full of them. So Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch has taken on the timeless task of collecting a list of the best bungalows in the neighborhood.

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February 7, 2017

Two West Ridge Bungalows Take Home Architecture Awards

DNA Info

Two recently renovated West Ridge homes were recognized for their architectural excellence by the Chicago Bungalow Association. In the categories of Exterior Renovations and Sensible Additions, the two bungalows took the winning spots in the 12th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards.

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February 2, 2017

Beverly Bungalow Award Winner Credits Thrifty Kitchen Rehab For Win

DNA Info

Maureen Gainer Reilly believes she won an award for the renovation of her Beverly bungalow not for how much she spent but for how little. Gainer Reilly spent just $2,500 to renovate the kitchen of her home near 99th Street and Damen Avenue. Still, she was honored last week by the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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 January 31, 2017

Local home awarded best interior bungalow rehab

Patch Media

Highlighting the very best in bungalow rehabilitation and restoration projects from the past year, while encouraging others to strive for greatness in their own projects, the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) presented the 12th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards.

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January 27, 2017

Check Out These Award-Winning Northwest Side Bungalow Rehabs 

DNA Info

The Northwest Side is known for its vast rows of handsome single-family homes, and thanks to some crafty residents, many of them are boasting facelifts. The Chicago Bungalow Association announced the winners Thursday of its annual Driehaus Awards, which showcase some of the best rehab work done on cottages and low-lying homes last year.

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January 27, 2017

Check Out Before/After Pix Of Award-Winning Albany Park Bungalow Rehabs

DNA Info

Whether they tackled wholesale makeovers or smaller projects, neighbors in Albany Park demonstrated a knack for adapting and maintaining their vintage homes. The Chicago Bungalow Association recently handed out its annual Driehaus Awards, which highlight the best in bungalow rehabilitation and restoration.

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