The outside of the house, as seen in December 2018. Photo by Bri Sieber

On December 5, 1901 Walt Disney was born in a small house on North Tripp Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago.

This was the house that his father Elias Disney had build with his own hands from an empty lot at 1249 North Tripp Avenue (it was later changed to its current address of 2156 when Chicago changed their numbering system in 1909).

Wanting a better life for their growing family, the Disneys moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri in 1906, following Elias’ brother Robert who had been living there.

Recently, the house was purchased by devoted fans and is currently being restored to its turn-of-the-century condition in an effort to provide visitors a place to pay homage to Walt’s legacy where it all began.

in 2016, Tripp Avenue was officially designated as Honorary “Disney Family Ave”. Photo by Bri Sieber

A tribute to this house can be seen in the form of a photo hanging in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Town Square.

Address: 2156 N Tripp Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
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