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Chicago Double-Hung Windows

Double-Hung Windows are a Chicago Classic

The densely-populated Chicago area is home to many historic neighborhoods and traditional houses. Double-hung windows dominate the front facades — they’ve been one of the most popular window styles for years.

Double-hung windows are also commonly known as sash windows because they have two operable sashes. The sashes slide vertically within the frame, so you can open the top or bottom sash for ventilation — or both for increased air circulation. The enhanced airflow, ease-of-operation and timeless style make double-hung windows a popular pick.

Commonly known as: sash windows, hung sash windows

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • double pane windows energy efficiency Energy-Efficient Windows

    Historically, double-hung windows had a single pane of glass. When you’re replacing single-pane windows on an older home, double-pane and triple-pane windows give you more energy efficiency. These energy-efficient windows use multiple panes of glass with insulating gas between the panes to create additional layers of protection from the outside temps. ENERGY STAR® windows are independently certified for their energy-saving features. Look for a U-Factor less than or equal to 0.27 on the label for the most energy efficiency in the Chicago climate.

  • window mutins are like window grilles Window Muntins Muntins are the strips of material that divide individual panes of glass. They give your window a geometrical grid look, which is why they’re commonly known as window grids or grilles. Window grilles are a popular addition to double-hung windows, enhancing the traditional look of historic homes. Because they are two sashes in double-hung windows, you can have a grille pattern on both sashes or just the top sash.
  • vinyl windows above the kitchen Vinyl Windows

    Vinyl windows provide energy efficiency at an affordable price, making them a popular option for double-hung replacement windows in drafty older homes. The sashes on double-hung vinyl windows are fully-welded to help keep air from escaping and entering. When combined with double or triple panes, vinyl replacement windows can provide more energy savings.

  • wood double hung windows in kitchen Wood Windows

    Before the invention of vinyl or fiberglass, wood was the material used for windows. Wood window frames have natural insulating properties. Drive through a traditional Chicago neighborhood like Oak Park and you’ll see a lot of wood double-hung windows. Homeowners still love their classic style and choose wood replacement windows to match their home’s existing architecture and decor.

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Recommended Customizations1

Chicago homes trend traditional. Homeowners in Addison, River Forest and other older neighborhoods can add window grilles and rustic or classic hardware to double-hung windows to create a style that complements their traditional homes.

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  • Classic Collection
  • Essential Collection


  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Custom Grille Pattern
  • Victorian Grille Pattern

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

Chicago Climate Recommendations

The Chicago area experiences extreme heat and cold. In addition to durable materials that can perform in all seasons, additional energy-efficient features are recommended to help keep your home comfortable no matter what it’s like outside.

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Double-Pane or Triple-Pane Glass

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.

Low-E Protection

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.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

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

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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 Chicago 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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Double-Hung Window Projects in Chicago

See how other Chicagoans are using double-hung windows to upgrade a dated look.

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*Study of homeowner perceptions of leading national brands. Study commissioned by Pella, 2021.