Prairie District

Prairie District in Chicago

A historic district in the South Side of Chicago, Prairie Avenue transformed from the infamous site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn into one of the city’s most fashionable residential districts and the hub of the exclusive millionaires' row.

Glessner House

Sign up for a walking tour, or explore this historic landmark on your own. Built in 1887, the Glessner House was designed by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson and boasts an eclectic collection of 19th century decorative arts.


  • Former Millionaires’ Row
  • Early 1900s Residential Area
  • Automobile Industry Hub
  • Chicago Landmark District


Fort Dearborn Battle

Hostile Indians attacked European settlers living here during the Fort Dearborn Massacre of 1812. The area laid undisturbed until the fort was rebuilt four years later, causing the development of the district to grow rather slowly.


  • Gruesome Historic Battle
  • Rebuilt Fort Site in 1816
  • Cottonwood Tree Landmark
  • 50 British Soldiers Perished


Clarke House Museum

Built in 1836, this Greek Revival home is one of the city’s oldest surviving buildings and has since become a local favorite. View mid-19th century furnishings and catch a glimpse of life on the urban frontier.


  • Glimpse at Urban Frontier Life
  • View Mid-19th c. Furnishings
  • Individually Designated Landmark
  • Relocated in 1970s to Historic District


Historic Landmarks

Many of the ornate Italian-style homes built in the late 1800s were demolished during the Great Depression. Fortunately, concerned locals stepped in to preserve 11 residencies, nine of which are deemed historic landmarks.


  • The Glessners’ House
  • Henry B. Clark House
  • Row Houses on Cullerton
  • 1800 & 1900 Blocks

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2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60616-9985

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