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Couple aims to turns Disney's Chicago home into landmark

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Before he taught us the power of friendship, before he taught us to let our conscience be our guide and even before he taught us the importance of a good pair of shoes, there was a house.

And on December 5, 1901 -- 112 years ago Thursday -- at 2156 Tripp Avenue in Chicago, IL -- he was born here.

His name was Walt.

Brent Young and Deena Benadon, the husband and wife team who sought after and purchased the original Disney house six months ago are aware of Walt's upbringing in Missouri, but still know that Chicago is where it all began.

Through the passing years, through the many owners and through the constant changes, one thing remains true -- this is still the house that Walt's father, Elias Disney built for his family.

But if history has taught us anything, it's that time waits for no man -- even Walt Disney.

Which is why Thursday, on what would have been Walt Disney's 112th birthday, Brent and Deena are breaking magical ground and beginning their mission to turn 2156 Tripp Avenue into a museum and a protected landmark.

So as Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially proclaims Thursday "Walt Disney Day" in Chicago, the work is just beginning.

The magic of the place is undeniable, and there's no better way to describe than through the words of a Disney classic, Mary Poppins.

Winds in the east, mist coming in.
Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin.
Can't put me finger on what lies in store,
But I fear what's to happen all happened before.

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