1. That bungalow was the most common style of house built in the 1910s-1930s in Chicago. You would have much better luck checking census records than trying to figure out location from this picture.

  2. Yes, if you have some basic information about them (first and last names, birthdays, family members’ names), you could check the recently released 1940 census data. This looks 1940s to me but I’d check 1930 and 1940.

  3. Yeah, second that. Also looks like the back of the house. Literally could be anywhere in the city. Without context clues, this is needle ala haystack

  4. Boy, that could be any number of backyards from Jeff Park to Beverly. My parents have a bungalow with a back porch just like that. But then again, so do all of their neighbors.

  5. There are more than 80,000 bungalows of this design in Chicago. And the two flat across the street doesn't help narrow things down. There are tens of thousands of those.

  6. this could be soooo many different areas right now and depending on which area it actually is it’s very possible that that house has been replaced by a much more modern one by now

  7. Sign up for ancestry.com for a month. You can search for all sorts of records by name, gender, birthdate, etc. You can find records (often on 3rd party websites) as well as family trees that other users have created. Ancestry is really good for this kind of thing. The other users themselves can often be the richest resource.

  8. Chicago Public Library has a free Ancestry Library Edition, that you can use at Chicago libraries. It also has Heritage Quest online, that you can browse from anywhere. (Need to have CPL library card)

  9. Definetely the bungalow belt. But that wraps the entire city in the shape of a giant C. You’re gonna need to figure out the neighborhood, or better yet, the parish they attended (assuming they were religious) and that would help narrow it down a ton

  10. That's kind of a longshot, since this was probably taken right around the time Mrs. O'Leary left her cow alone with a book of matches. J/k

  11. Possibly somewhere in Little Village(?), near Telpochcalli School [would’ve been called Harrison High School when the picture was taken]. The school has the same-looking smokestack in the pic’s background and a lot of similar homes surrounding it. I could be wrong, of course, since this could be any neighborhood in the city.

  12. By the huge chimney across the street, I would guess it’s somewhere on the south side. It makes me think of a smoke stack, but more and more are getting torn down. Most are attached to huge industrial buildings (which are not in the photo) and few are square and narrow. The ones I can think of off the top of my head aren’t near bungalows. So I would guess far south side. But these are all wild guesses.

  13. There would have been a lot more of those throughout the city though. It could be some other kind of large building with a boiler, esp. in days when many would probably have still been coal fired. Lane Tech has a big chimney, although not anywhere near as tall.

  14. A lot of schools have tall smoke stacks like that. It’s a context clue, but doesn’t narrow it down much.

  15. The building to the left in that pictures so what reinforces your guess. That doesn’t look residential and I can’t put my finger on what it is.

  16. Looks Southside to me. How south i do not know. Also looks similar to my families area they lived on the Lawndale cicero border in the 1930s.

  17. My guess would be southside but I'm mostly basing this on the smoke stack and the fact that they kind of look like my great-grandparents who also lived on the southside (around Marquette Park). Not sure what your background is but a lot of Irish / Lithuanians / etc. lived around there back then.

  18. well, about 600,000 houses just like this one were built here between 1900-1940 so start there :S

  19. This could be a ton of neighborhoods on the south side…but something about it gives me South Chicago vibes. My wife’s family has roots at 87th and Buffalo, and the three flat in the background dropped in between all the bungalows with the industrial smoke stack looks like it could have been taken on their block.

  20. The massive chimney in the background is your identifier. A few Old Chicago public schools had them. They also differed from each other. Identify the smokestack and you got yourself a location.

  21. better going off things like their nationality and where they worked... neighborhoods were very ethnicity dependent especially then...

  22. With the city’s grid system, that photo is either being shot from east to west or west to east if that helps at all. So that smokestack is either to the west or east of the house. It looks like the shadows are casting to the right so I’d go with the smokestack is west of the house which faces west and an odd numbered street address since the sun is to the south.

  23. That was the vibe I was getting as well! Purely based off similar photos of my great grandparents when they immigrated

  24. DM me their names and I can look it up on Ancestry. I can put the name in and get back Census data or directory listings that will show their address.

  25. Without realizing what subreddit this was, I saw the photo and knew it was Chicago immediately. Can’t narrow it down any further though.

  26. The online records at recorder of deeds go back only as far as late 1980s or so. Otherwise, OP would need to go downtown. Census data, or maybe even some old phonebook would be easier.

  27. Idk how no one has commented on this but you seem to be correct. If you look at street view from the back it’s a 1:1 match. Great work.

  28. There were smoke stacks like that in around 18th street on the south side and the south east side near the steel mills. The was also a trash incinerator on the south east side near 103rd street. I’m guessing it might be that one.

  29. Fair call, but schools of the era had/have stacks that high, too. They burnt the old test papers and lunch left overs.

  30. I’ve seen old houses like this in Bucktown. But there are few and far apart. Never seen 3 in a row.

  31. That looks like a the rear of the house too, so good luck. Someone here might recognize that giant brick stack in the rear though.

  32. I grew up on the north side, and a lot of schools back then had those smoke stacks in the background. That bungalow style house was/ is very common as well in the Chicagoland area. Try checking census records, maybe from the 1930's- 1950's. Good luck!

  33. This looks exactly like my aunts bungalow in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. The smokestack could possibly be in the industrial area near Midway Airport. They are standing in front of the back porch.

  34. House was probably torn down when they constructed the Dan Ryan. My friend’s grandparents house was taken by eminent domain to build the expressway as were probably thousands of others.

  35. Do you mind if I share this on the chan. Those people may have a better way of finding out where this house is or was.

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