Chicago, Illinois: Front Yard Artillery

The 1912 Howitzer has been quietly intimidating neighbors since the home was an American Legion hall in the 1930s.
N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago, IL
Wicker Park neighborhood. On the west side of N. Hoyne Ave., four houses south of Hwy 64/W. North Ave.
Private property - visible from street. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Model 1912 Howitzer

Model 1912 Howitzer sitting in a private residence in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

[Valerie, 08/27/2015]

According to a plaque next to the big gun, it was moved there in 1934, when the home was an American Legion hall.

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