Why Chicago? That was the hometown of Al Arko and Jerry Newcomer, who opened this guest house in 1960. “Ownership has changed many times, always remaining the Chicago House,” Christopher P. Scales, the current owner, told me in 2010. He added that he had been set to close on the purchase on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. “Instead, the sale was completed on 9/18/2001.” Scales said construction of the house can be documented to the period from 1820 to 1836 but that it may been built earlier in the 19th century. Rest of the entry to be written.