Historic Homes in Wheaton, Illinois

One of the many benefits of living in the Chicago area is the diverse architecture you’ll find as you pass from neighborhood to neighborhood. It’s no secret my favorite places to walk are historic districts with their magnificent homes. I love the details you find on these old and charming beauties. This week I was fortunate to enjoy an afternoon with my daughter Bridget having lunch, shopping, and looking at historic homes in Wheaton, Illinois.

Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, IllinoisThis was the first charmer we saw on our walk through Wheaton. Gingerbread trim lends feminine romance along with a few hanging baskets on the wrap around porch. What’s not to love?


Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, IllinoisI love blue houses and this one swept me off my feet with its patriotic bunting.


Victorian Home in Wheaton, IllinoisMy parents lived in Wheaton when they were first married. They both attended Wheaton College, although my mom dropped out when dad asked her to be his bride. The college is just a couple blocks east of this Victorian beauty.


Victorian Porch in Wheaton, IllinoisUnfortunately, I couldn’t get a good shot of this gorgeous home due to all the trees blocking its full view. So I snapped a photo of the porch and picket fence.


Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, IllinoisI love the color on this old gal! If you’re not from the area, you might be familiar with Wheaton because it’s the home of the Billy Graham Center. It used to be a “dry” town, but it’s not anymore.


Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, IllinoisThere are so many streets in Wheaton with historic homes. I’ll have to come back to get more photos. Lucky for us, we can hop on the train from our town and get to Wheaton quickly.


Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, IllinoisArchitectural details on Victorian houses always look so much better when painted with contrasting colors. The only problem is … having to paint the house! I’m so glad we got our Victorian cottage painted last fall.


Pretty Yellow Home in Wheaton, IllinoisThis yellow house has been given a contemporary look. I love its deep porch!


Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, IllinoisCheck out the middle window on the second floor of this Victorian home. I’ve always wanted a house where the windows open from the bottom like this.


Charming White CottageEven the smaller cottages in town are quaint and charming.


Charming Arbor with ClematisI want one of these charming arbors in my yard! Beautiful, rambling clematis is like the icing on the cake. Roses would be pretty too.


Painted Lady in Wheaton, IllinoisIt was so nice to see the sunshine on our walk through the historic streets of town. It’s still been very rainy here, which my garden loves … but me, not so much. I miss summer weather!


Old Gray Farmhouse in Wheaton, IllinoisHave you ever been to Wheaton, Illinois and viewed its historic homes? If there’s an area in Chicago you’d like to see, just let me know and I’ll try to go and take photos to post here on my blog!


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  1. When our children were young we lived in Wheaton for four years…loved everything about it!! Many members of my family also attended Wheaton College. Love the beautiful and charming architecture there!
    Mary Alice

  2. These are all beautiful homes. I really enjoy your blog tours. You should collect all your pictures and make a photo album for yourself.

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    When I was in High School my parents owned a home in Wheaton. We were very close to the college campus in a quaint little neighborhood with historic homes. Oh how I loved that home. I hope to move back to Wheaton if Terry gets the job down that way. I would love one of the small quaint little homes there. Happy Friday.

  4. You did an awesome job photographing these old homes. Not only did you give me a smile but two….I use to live in the Chicago suburbs and still have family there and when I visit I love the long drives around these towns. So different than here in AZ. I usually share your posts when you present stuff like this because now my daughter visits family as well and she loves seeing this!

    Thanks for the memories! Have a great day,

  5. Thank you for sharing these beautiful homes. I’m originally from this area, now in Texas, and always admired this area and wondered how much fun it would be to live in one. Glen Ellyn also has beautiful homes! I really enjoy your blog and it sometimes makes me homesick for my home state, except in winter lol! Enjoy the rest of summer!

  6. Hi Jennifer. I love taking walks along with you (on your blog) and seeing all the beautiful homes that you post. The very first one is my favorite one today. I love the wrap around porch and all their pretty trees and flowers! Thanks for sharing!


  7. My best friend in the whole world live in Wheaton. I guess great people live in wonderful places!! Great post!

  8. I love to see all this houses. The blue ones are so beautiful. Are it wooden houses? Here in the Netherlands our homes are so different 🙂

  9. Thanks so much. I loved seeing these old homes. I’d like to visit Wheaton some day.

  10. So good to see these beautiful homes again. I’m from Downers Grove so am familiar with Wheaton and Naperville, but now call the Pacific NW home. Thanks for your great posts – keeps me in touch with my roots!

  11. I love all the homes. I’m from Oak Park and didn’t realize what lovely homes are there.

  12. I’m new to the area and Wheaton is not too far would love to take a tour.

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