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Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program ®

One of Chicago’s greatest assets is its rich variety of residential architecture. However, many homeowners have questions about how to best update and maintain their older properties. With that in mind, NHS’ Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program ® is here to be your one-stop resource for practical, accessible and (hopefully) fun information on how to best rehab and maintain a vintage home – from greystones and workers cottages to bungalows and raised ranches. Building upon the legacy and experience of the Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative ®, you can also count upon the Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program ® to explore the history and stories of Chicago’s West & South Sides, as well as advocate for the preservation and reuse of their culturally-rich built environment.

Funding for the Chicago Greytsone & Vintage Home Program ® is generously provided by the City of Chicago, the Alphawood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the State Farm Insurance Companies.

Our programs include:

  • Chicago Vintage Home Workshops - Practical, accessible, expert-taught workshops on topics ranging from working with contractors to masonry repair and improving energy efficiency to researching your home’s history.
  • Vintage Building Consultations - Personalized, on-site building consultations addressing preservation, rehab, and energy efficiency topics of concern to Chicago-area homeowners.
  • Landscape Design Guidelines - Practical, accessible guidance on planting an environmentally friendly, easy-to-maintain garden that enhances the character of a Chicago vintage home.
  • Community Building - Stories, buildings, places, people, events, and advocacy issues related to the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Chicago’s West and South Sides.
  • Vintage Rehab Resources - Links to technical resources, guides, and partners that can help with your vintage rehab project.
  • Purchase/Rehab Lending - Affordable, fixed-interest purchase, purchase-rehab, and rehab financing available to income-eligible borrowers through Neighborhood Lending Services, the lending subsidiary of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.
  • Friends of The Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program ® - A free program to keep you updated about programs, resources, and events relevant to vintage rehabbers and those who care about Chicago's built heritage. Benefits include: priority access to upcoming programs and workshops, invitations to exclusive special events including unique tours of West and South Side locations, special offers from Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program ® partners and quarterly e-newsletters. Sign up now.