Workers Cottage Grid
Workers Cottage Grid

The Chicago Workers Cottage Initiative celebrates this housing style, seeking to preserve the unique features of these houses, protect them from demolition, and continue their use and reuse for the next century.


What is a Workers Cottage?

An identification guide

Cottage News

Cottage News

Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter

WC History

CWCI Events

Walking tours, meetups and other events

ID Guide

Homeowner Resources

Helpful info for cottage owners

WC History

Support the Initiative

Volunteer or contribute to help save Chicago's cottages

WC History

History of a Vernacular Style

The origins of the workers cottage


Zoning for Workers Cottages

Changing the economics toward preservation


Analyzing Teardowns of Workers Cottages

Lost affordable housing in Avondale and Logan Square


Neighborhood Field Surveys

Gathering data on cottages

Reuse Cottage Stairs

Adapting for the Next Century

Remodelling and renovating workers cottages