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Chicago Casement Windows

Casement Windows are a Versatile Choice for Chicago Styles

The Greater Chicago area is tightly packed with houses in close proximity to each other. Many of the neighborhoods sprouted up quickly decades ago. The homes in these historic neighborhoods follow the traditional architectural styles that were popular at the time of their growth.

Casement windows have unobstructed panes of glass and unmatched flexibility. The whole window panel opens with the turn of a crank to reroute a Windy City breeze into your home. These crank windows work well in combinations, whether it’s in a group of casement windows, flanking a picture window or used in a bay window.

Commonly known as: crank windows, side hung windows, hinged windows, crank out windows, crank open windows

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • Chicago Bungalow Style Window Chicago Bungalow Style

    Single-family bungalows are so common in Chicago that they warrant their own style — the Chicago bungalow. In the early 1900s, neighborhoods like Oak Park and Berwyn filled up with small bungalows to accommodate the city’s explosive growth. These one-and-a-half story brick homes with large windows are instantly recognizable. Wood casement windows in double window configurations or flanking picture windows provide the distinct style of a Chicago bungalow house.

  • Chicago Tudor Casement Window Tudor Style Houses Tudor homes are also abundant in Chicago neighborhoods from Arlington Heights to Wheaton. The brick, stone and stucco exteriors are framed by exposed timbers that make these grand homes look even larger. Tall, narrow casement windows in groups of two or three are placed between timbers and used to emphasize the verticality. Casement windows are also used in combination with picture windows to add functionality to larger window combinations.
  • energy efficient casement windows Energy-Efficient Windows

    Chicago bungalows, Tudor style homes and many more are approaching 100 years old — or are already over that mark. Traditional homes used single-pane windows, which lack the efficiency of modern energy-saving windows. Replacement casement windows with triple- or double-pane glass provide additional insulation. ENERGY STAR® windows with a U-Factor less than or equal to 0.27 offer the most energy efficiency in the Chicago climate.

  • casement window with grid Window Grids

    Tudor, bungalow or Craftsman, window grilles are a decorative element of many traditional home styles in Chicagoland. Casement windows lack sashes or muntins, but window grids can be added in a variety of grille patterns to add detail to your exterior and create divided light on the interior. Grilles are permanently encased between panes of glass but there are removable window grilles that you can attach to the inside of your window and take off for easier cleaning.

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Recommended Customizations1

Classic architecture is abundant in The Steel City. Consider grille patterns that provide the symmetry associated with traditional style. Hardware in timeless finishes like brass can further enhance the traditional look of your casement window, while sleek hardware in a matte black finish would add a more contemporary twist. Find more customizations here.


  • Classic Collection
  • Standard Crank


  • Custom Grille Pattern
  • Traditional Grille Pattern

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Chicago Climate Recommendations

The Chicago climate can be extreme. Summer heat waves cook the urban area and winter chills freeze it months later. Casement windows built with durable materials and energy-efficient features are recommended to maintain the comfort of older, traditional homes.

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Low-E Protection

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass. The added protection helps provide balanced insulation from colder winters and Midwest summers.

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Double or Triple Pane Windows

Cut your energy costs with more panes of glass. Invest in energy-efficient double- or triple-pane windows that fill with insulating gas for added thermal efficiency.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Frequent storms during the winter bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Wood windows with aluminum cladding and fiberglass windows can help stand up to extreme weather. Vinyl casement windows can help mitigate the expansion and contraction in the severe heat and cold seen in the area.

Why Choose Pella?

Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

We Come to You

An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows & Doors of Omaha and Lincoln expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home — and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  •   What type of glass is energy efficient?
    • Choosing the right glass for your products is an important decision. No matter where you live, Pella offers you the right options. Learn more about the innovative energy-saving glass options available from Pella, each designed for specific climates.

  •   What is ENERGY STAR®?
    • ENERGY STAR is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Pella's commitment to ENERGY STAR extends to product design, testing, consumer education, sales, marketing, public outreach, product labeling, specification development and training.

  •   Why should I choose energy-efficient windows?
    • Choosing energy efficient windows is one of the most important considerations to realize a good return on investment for a window replacement. But there are a lot of factors, including proper installation, window material, and glass type that will eventually determine how much improved thermal performance and comfort you’ll see in your home. Learn more.

  •   What makes Pella’s windows energy efficient?
    • Pella provides top energy-saving glass and exceeds the standards for energy efficiency. Learn more about how Pella creates advanced energy efficient windows.

  •   How can I clean the exterior of my casement windows?
    • Casement windows open wide enough that you clean the exterior glass from the inside of your home. Open the sash and turn the crank until your window is fully opened. From here, you will be able to reach through the opening and access the exterior glass. 

Casement Window Projects in the Greater Chicago Area

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