Built in 1919, the Independence Park Bungalow has been in the hands of the Chicago Park District since 1929, serving for many years as a community hub for women's activities.

After falling into disrepair, the bunglaow, located at the intersection of Hamlin and Byron streets, became the focus of a intensive rehabilitation effort that's now complete.

The beautifully restored building will be open to the public, 1-3 p.m., May 18, for self-guided tours. Park District staff will be on hand to answer questions and point out many of the bungalow's modern "green" features, including bamboo flooring and energy efficient lighting.