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Glessner House Museum

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Address: 1800 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone Number: 312 326 1480
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If You Like to Visit Old Restored Homes of the Rich

Do take the tour. A stroll through this residence is make so much more understandable and worthwhile if someone explains the setting, points our the detail, and puts everything... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Do take the tour. A stroll through this residence is make so much more understandable and worthwhile if someone explains the setting, points our the detail, and puts everything there is the context of the time and the social scene. I liked the kitchen the best, and also the dining room. I wonder which houses of today will be on... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This home, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, has been beautifully restored and most of the extraordinary furniture and decorative arts are original. The one hour tour can be taken for a nominal rate along with the historical Clarke House, a half-block away. The neighborhood is also worth a stroll as the home of Marshall Field is down the block as... More 

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White Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Wow! Beautiful restored home with original furnishings! House and decor was breathtaking, tour was very interesting and fun. You got to see everything, it was great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A very interesting one hour tour of the home of the family that began International Harvestor. So many great insights of the aspects of the home and contents. It is great that the descendants donated back so much of the furniture, etc. from the home after it was subdivided earlier. The home was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson - and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Free one hour tours are available on Wednesdays at either 1:00 or 3:00. Can be comined with a tour of the Clark House. Tours are limited to groups of 15 so get there at least a half hour early to get on the list. The massive house complete in 1887, still on the original site is remiscent of Downton Abbey.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

My son and I were having a "staycation" day in Chicago and decided we were going to tour both the Glessner House and the Clarke House. We had an amazing docent (Alan I believe) who was so knowledgeable on so many topics. I suggest that you schedule your visit so that you can tour both houses. Tour the Women's garden... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited the house on a Wednesday when the tours are free. Parking is challenging so allow extra time if driving. You can easily access the house from the lakeshore trail at 1th street its just a bit of a walk or bike ride down. Sign up for the tour at the gift shop which is entered from Prairie Ave. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Glessner House is a rare example of an historic house that has been wonderfully restored and to an earlier period--and with furnishings original to the house. The house was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson who was one of the most important architects of the last quarter of the 19th century. A recent wonderful addition to the house is the Jack... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

I visited both the Glessner House and Clarke House together on a Wednesday when admission was free! I was prepared for the rude staff at the visitors centre as I had heard previous reviews and the female greeter lived up to her reputation! She was rude and abrupt and proceeded to complain to her colleague that the museum offers a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I have to say when you enter the museum, you are not met by a kind staff. Rather a middle aged woman that barked orders at us rather than introduce herself. She was not polite and expected us to have correct change. However once the tour began her harshness was worth it. The glessner house is beautiful, and our guide... More 

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South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.