About At Home in Chicago

Founded in 2011, At Home in Chicago is a consortium of more than twenty historic house museums in and around Chicago.

From magnificent country estates to urban rowhouses, quaint Victorians, and sleek prairie-inspired residences, we were once the homes of activists, artists, architects, politicians, industrialists, and ordinary Chicagoans. Today we are preserved for visitors to experience the structures, stories, and artifacts of home life.

Sharing a geographical and historical landscape, each site expresses singular histories through buildings, collections, and the expertise of inspired and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. At Home in Chicago exists as a hub of information about the region's house museums, to encourage the exploration of common threads connecting these diverse places, and to promote a broad range of available resources.

The consortium strives to represent the full spectrum of the region's residents, and is always seeking additional sites representing ethnic, cultural, racial, and economic diversity. At Home in Chicago looks forward to welcoming new sites into its family and expanding the genre of historic house museums. For additional information, please contact us.


This project is generously funded by:

  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
  • Participating house museums of At Home in Chicago


Designed by Studio Thread
Illustrated by Lilli Carré
Edited by Lindsey Howald Patton