Painting modern brick (which this seems to be) is not bad and does in fact protect the brick, HOWEVER painting historic brick with latex paint is one of the worst things you can do. Your brick and mortar will deteriorate MUCH faster and it can almost never be stripped without removing the thin weatherproof "skin" made by firing the bricks historically. If this "skin" is removed, eventually they'll just turn to dust (look for fine red powder all around the edge of you house!)
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House sounds historic, if you're just an experienced diy-er i would get the opinion of a historic preservationist (several firms in the chicago area, or find a university that offers the degree who would be willing to give you advice) to have their input since you could really destroy the historic integrity (not to mention structural) if you blindly undertake something... Not saying you would, just saying you should be informed before you do anything in case it’s the last remaining example of a certain type of timber structure or something rare like that.
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