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The Wheeler Mansion of Calumet Avenue was built in 1870, which made it one of the earliest constructed homes in the neighborhood. The architectural blend of Queen Anne and Second Empire style really makes it stand out amongst the remaining homes from the time.
Originally built for banker and president of The Chicago Board of Trade, Calvin T. Wheeler, who sold the home only after 4 years to Joseph Kohn, a clothing wholesaler. The Wheeler-Kohn Mansion was almost torn down to make way for a parking lot in 1997. Now the mansion is a Chicago landmark, as well as a national landmark because of its architectural attributes.
Now The Wheeler Mansion is a historic hotel and also a very unique meeting space. Staying a night here really gives you an idea of what it was like to be one of Chicago's elite.