Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois

Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago, Illinois

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If you didn’t know where the Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago, Illinois was, it would be easy to miss. It is, after all, a house. Just an average, plain, nondescript house on a residential street in the Hermosa neighborhood on the North side of the city.

Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois

But that house was once home to Walt Disney, the animator, voice actor, writer, and film producer who was an animation superstar and created the Disney empire.

Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois

In 1893 his father, Elias Disney‍, built this house and, on December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born there. He spent hs early childhood living in that house before the family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, when he was four years old.

Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois

Over the years the house had been renumbered (it was originally 1249 Tripp Ave) and remodeled. Eventually it fell into a state of disrepair and could have been torn down. Luckily, in 2013, Brent Young and Dina Benadon bought the property with the intention of remodeling it and turning it into a museum.

Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois

Today you can visit and admire the renovated exterior from the street (look for the walkway with a dedication plaques and the street sign marking the “Honorary Disney Family Av”) but in the future you might be able to step inside to see a glimpse into Walt Disney’s birthplace and his life as a child.

Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois
Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois
Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois
Walt Disney Birthplace house in Chicago, Illinois

Looking for more Chicago roadside attractions? Look for the Batcolumn giant baseball bat, Oz Park Wizard of Oz statues, and the Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys. Also be sure to check out all the best Illinois roadside attractions.


Walt Disney Birthplace

Walt Disney birthplace address: 2156 N. Tripp Ave., Chicago, IL
Hours: Always Visible (but be respectful of neighbors)
Cost: Free to See
Visit the restoration project’s official website


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The Walt Disney Birthplace is in Chicago, Illinois. Walt Disney, the animator, voice actor, writer, and film producer who was an animation superstar and created the Disney empire. His father, Elias Disney‍, built this house and, on December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born there. He spent his early childhood living in that house before the family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, when he was four years old. #Disney #WaltDisney #ChicagoRoadsideAttraction #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions
The Walt Disney Birthplace is in Chicago, Illinois. Walt Disney, the animator, voice actor, writer, and film producer who was an animation superstar and created the Disney empire. His father, Elias Disney‍, built this house and, on December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born there. He spent his early childhood living in that house before the family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, when he was four years old.
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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

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