Andersonville is known for its rich cultural history of Swedish immigrants, still evident today in the presence of the Swedish American Museum and a multitude of events that celebrate the area’s Swedish heritage. Andersonville also has a significant architectural history, which helps create Andersonville’s "small town" atmosphere, with historic buildings and storefronts creating pedestrian-oriented, walk-able streets.
The Historic Andersonville commercial district, along Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, is comprised mostly of early twentieth century commercial architecture. Included in the historically significant buildings are a number of two- and three-story commercial brick buildings with limestone ornamentation. One of the best examples is the Temple Theater building, located at 5233 North Clark Street. A two story brick building with limestone ornamentation with string courses and geometric patterns, this building is a typical example of an Andersonville commercial structure.
Andersonville Receives National Historic District Status- Read Press Release
Property and business owners Download Andersonville Historic District Plaque Program Sign-Up Form Here!
Andersonville Historic Commercial District Fact Sheet- for property owners.
Find out more about the 20% Historic District Tax incentive for qualifying and historic properties.
To see if you business or property is eligible for the historic district tax credit view our list of contributing properties.
You can take a self-guided tour of "Historic Andersonville!" This map and handout will take you on a 20-minute walking tour of historically significant buildings throughout the commercial area. Remember to stop, shop, and eat too!
You can also find a short cultural history of Andersonville at www.andersonville.org/andersonville-chicago/history