Places: WALT DISNEY’S BIRTHPLACE in Chicago, IL

Do you have a Disney Bucket List? So far we’ve managed to visit both North American parks, we’ve taken a Disney cruise, attended a Disney press event (and saw John Lasseter), and now we have been able to add a special item to our list.

We just visited the birthplace of Walt Disney at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. in Chicago, IL:

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Corner of N. Tripp Avenue & E. Palmer Street

It was raining off and on when we pulled up but we made the best of it and even managed to do a couple of live Facebook feeds.

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From opposite corner

The outside renovations seem to be done and the sign out front indicates a finish date of December 5th, 2016. According to the official website fundraising is still underway to help with completion of the interior.

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Exterior Sign

I took the time to walk around the place, which didn’t take too much time, as the piece of property it’s on is very small.

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Side and rear

I noticed the two colors of siding and the different facing material on the rear. I read once that this building has had a few additions over the years. So it is likely that the yellow portion represents the original house built by Elias Disney and the rest representing subsequent renovation efforts.

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Garage and small back yard

The city of Chicago tried to designate this property a heritage site but a previous owner blocked the effort. The present owner has worked hard with a dedicated team to make sure that this building will be around for years to come! In their words, the dream is that this property ‘becomes a portal to new approaches in early childhood development and helps to inspire future Walts and Roys.’

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Front porch detail

So now we can cross another item off our Disney Bucket List. And just to make sure that there is no dispute:

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Yup. I was really there!

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And so was Karen!

 And now you’ve been there, virtually, too!

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