Archives For McCormickville

How Daniel H. Burnham’s vision of Chicago as the City Beautiful changed the neighborhood surrounding the Driehaus Museum.

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Thanks to fierce preservation efforts, Lincoln Park’s quaint, red-brick aesthetic is defined by buildings like the Gilded Age-era McCormick Seminary rowhouses.

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The Nickerson Mansion, where the Driehaus Museum is housed, isn’t the only historic home in the neighborhood. On the opposite corner of Erie and Wabash, a Romanesque-style residence always catches visitors’ eyes.

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Think of McCormickville as the Evanston of the late 19th century. While George Pullman and Marshall Field built their mansions on a stretch of Prairie Avenue to the south, the Nickersons and a handful of other Chicago elite—Cyrus McCormick among them—built northwards.

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