“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."
“As much as the skyscrapers in the Loop or the greystones along broad boulevards, the historic Chicago bungalows tell the history of this city,” said Richard Driehaus, businessman, philanthropist and namesake of the CBA’s annual awards. “It’s a story of opportunity and hard work leading to homeownership and the creation of strong, stable communities. That the historic bungalow continues to endure speaks to these lasting values amid the inevitable cycles of change. Ultimately, it proves that place really does matter.”