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Free workshops will offer guidance to owners of vintage Chicago homes

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Get information on how to repair and maintain classic Chicago bungalows, greystones, and cottages

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There’s really nothing like a Chicago greystone, bungalow, or worker cottage. While these homes are often loaded with character and quality materials and craftsmanship, buyers of classic Chicago homes often inherit issues with aging electrical systems, plumbing, and insulation. However, through proper repairs and updating, these older homes can and do serve today’s families just as well as newer ones.

Next week, the Neighborhood Housing Service of Chicago is offering a series of workshops that will offer free guidance to homeowners on tackling big repairs and the ongoing maintenance of older homes. The workshops will touch on all aspects of big projects, from planning for repairs to vetting and hiring contractors for the job. While the workshops are free, the organization is requiring registration.

There will also be free workshops for those interested in learning more about vacant homes and the legal and financial red tape that keeps them empty. Attendees will learn about the available tools and resources to help potentially save some of these buildings from ultimately being demolished.

The next workshop for learning how to begin the rehab process takes place on Monday, April 24 at the Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library (1000 E. 73rd Street) starting at 6 p.m. The NHS will offer to same program the following day at the North Pulaski Branch library (4300 W. North Avenue) starting at 6 p.m.