When one pictures a Cicero home, a specific image comes to mind: a large, sturdy brick bungalow. These structures possess their own character and charm. The high-grade bricks that were used had come from Chicago brickyards that no longer exist today. Superior craftsmanship is evident.
The neighbors are hard-working blue-collar people who have pride in their homes. They show an industrious spirit and their ethics are above reproach.
Cicero is a community that attracts many young families for many reasons. With the Chicago Loop 12 miles away, the commute for people who work in the city is simple. The prices make it affordable to buy a first home. Also, families are assured that the town puts strong emphasis on programs and education for the youth as well as programs and services for the elderly.
Cicero is one of the oldest Chicago suburbs, having been incorporated in 1867. Most homes were built in the 20s and 30s.
There is limited new construction available. Housing options usually include additions and renovations. But due to the quality construction of these houses, most residents are more than happy to move in. Many of todays builders and architects marvel at these structures.
Cicero also offers several federally funded housing rehabilitation programs to eligible homeowners. These programs assist homeowners in improving their property by providing low-interest loans and grants.
In a way, Cicero houses reflect the people who live in them-strong and diverse. New families are discovering its positive qualities, while longtime residents continue to appreciate the neighborhood friendliness and community support.
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